MARQUETTE — Marquette had a big weekend on the Lakeview Arena hockey rink, sweeping games from a pair of Muskegon-area teams with relative ease.
The Redmen bounced Mona Shores 3-1 on Friday before dispatching Reeths-Puffer 10-0 in two periods on Saturday as part of what may become known as the Marquette Showcase.
Escanaba also played both Muskegon teams, reportedly splitting with them.
MSHS remains at home to play Hancock at 6:30 p.m. today with its next game at Kingsford next Tuesday.
Here is a synopsis of the weekend games:
Marquette 3, Mona Shores 1
On Friday evening, the Redmen spotted the downstaters an early goal before roaring back and taking the lead for good early in the second period.
“This was by far our best overall game of the year and it came against an undefeated Mona Shores team, which should be a big confidence boost going forward,” MSHS head coach Doug Garrow said in an email. “It was nice to see all (our) first-year players scoring our goals, which I believe will give us more scoring depth up and down our lineup.”
After Mona Shores’ Landon Taylor scored not quite 4 1/2 minutes into the game, Marquette’s Caleb Fries answered just over five minutes later on a goal assisted by Rylan Ragusett and Brett Ranta.
The Redmen took the lead 4:24 into the second on a Kody Moyer goal assisted by Cole Ranta.
And Marquette added insurance with seven seconds remaining when Tucker Welch potted the puck into an empty net, an assist going to Brayden Grange.
MSHS goalie Wylen Cambensy was called on to make 19 saves, while Mona Shores’ Carter Dethloff stopped 27 Marquette shots.
Marquette 10, Reeths-Puffer 0
On Saturday afternoon, the Redmen had it their way from the get-go as a trio of players each scored two goals — Grange, Fries and Jacob Garrow. Garrow also had two assists and Grange one.
Drew Dellies also had a goal and two assists, while the Riipis — Owen and Nash — each had two assists.
“An offensive explosion for the Redmen topped off a successful weekend with two wins and only allowing one goal against,” Doug Garrow said.
Jacob Garrow got both his goals in the first period as Marquette assumed a 4-0 lead. Grange and Moyer also scored goals, while assists went to Dellies, Jack Sides, Ethan Phillips and Jacob Garrow. Garrow’s second goal was shorthanded and Moyer’s was on a power play.
Six more goals came through in the second period — all even strength — before the game was called before the third period could start due to the mercy rule.
Fries had both his goals in the second period, with single ones added by Phillips, Sides, Grange and Dellies.
Two assists each went to Owen Riipi and Nash Riipi, including both getting in on Fries’ first tally, with single helpers credited to Ranta, Jacob Garrow, Dellies, Theo Adams, Jace Moore and Grange.
Marquette’s Anna Byczek finished with just six saves, while Reeths-Puffer netminder Isiah VanNoord made 16 saves each period for a total of 32.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is [email protected]