Marquette Defeats Escanaba 6-2 and Advances In Playoffs on 103.3 WFXD

Marquette Advances to State Quarterfinal

Escanaba, MI March 1st, 2022 – Marquette Hockey took care of business in the Regional Final at Escanaba 6-2. John Thomsen and Joe Gaffney had the call live on 103.3 WFXD.

Marquette Battles in Escanaba
Marquette Battles in Escanaba

1st Period: The action started in this highly anticipated Regional Final with Drew Dellies of Marquette winning the draw. The first three minutes of the game would pre-dominantly take place in Escanaba’s zone. Escanaba’s goalie Dylan Ziemke started the game strong as he shut down a Dellies shot and prevented Marquette from scoring off of a rebound. Marquette dominated in shots to start the game per usual as they led 6-2. Nash Riipi would strike first for the Redmen as he scored and Marquette led 1-0. Escanaba would get the first power play of the game after Tony DeMattia was called for interference. The Eskymos would take no time to score in the power play as Jayger LaMarch got the puck in the net, the score now 1-1. The game only continued to intensify as Jace Moore blasted the puck into the net not only did this give Marquette the lead but it was Jace’s first goal as a Redmen. Not too long after Jace’s goal it had seemed as if Jake Garrow got Marquette the 3-1 lead but the goal was called off. Wylen Cambensy would get a clutch save off a shot from Trevor Streichert which preserved Marquette’s lead. The Redmen entered their first power play but no goal would come of it.

Marquette Celebrates
Marquette Celebrates

End of 1st: Marquette 2, Escanaba 1

2nd Period: The second period of play started with Ziemke continuing his strong night as he saved a shot from Dellies. Marquette would enter their second power play and it seemed as if Marquette scored a power play goal but the goal was waved off by the referees. Escanaba would then get a power play in their favor after Colin Nemacheck was called for tripping. With 45 seconds left in the power play Escanaba would get their second power play goal of the game and tie the game up 2-2. A Theo Adams redirect looked good but Ziemke quickly shut that down. Colin Nemacheck would come out nowhere and get a goal from the blue line, his 8th goal of the year and Marquette gained the 3-2 lead. Not much time would pass and Kody Moyer would score his 18th goal of the year and gave the Redmen the 4-2 advantage. Marquette just continued to roll in the second period as Nash Riipi got an assist from his brother Owen Riipi and Marquette ended the second period with a 3 goal advantage.

End of 2nd: Marquette 5, Escanaba 2

3rd Period: Cole Ranta would get a shot off to start the final period but the puck wouldn’t find it’s way in the net. Jace Moore walked in for a one timer but nothing came of it. Caleb Fries would snag his 10th goal of the year and increased the already large Marquette lead to 6-2. It had seemed as if Dellies extended the lead with a goal but it missed just wide. The Redmen would earn their fourth power play of the game but came out empty handed, continuing the theme of empty handed power plays. There was some controversy on the ice and the Marquette bench would get a penalty because of it.

Final Score: Marquette 6, Escanaba 2

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Next Game: Marquette Hockey continues their playoff journey on Saturday, March 5th when they’ll take on Traverse City Central in the State Quarterfinals. The puck is set to drop at 1 p.m and John Thomsen and Joe Gaffney will have the call live!