Marquette Hockey Beats Calumet in Battle of Two U.P. Powerhouses on WFXD!

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Marquette, MI February 8th, 2022 – It was a clash of two Upper Peninsula hockey titans Tuesday evening. The 16-4-2 Marquette Redmen played host to the 13-6 Calumet Copper Kings at Lakeview Arena. It was also Senior Night for Marquette, where they recognized the senior players during the pregame. The game was broadcast live on 103-WFXD with John Thomson and Joe Gaffney on the call.

Marquette was looking to break a two game losing skid with a win against a very tough Calumet squad. This had a big game feel with not only Calumet dropping out of the Super 10 rankings, but also for Marquette to hold the top spot in the Great Lakes High School Conference.

1st: Marquette opened up the game winning the Jon’s Auto puck drop. Marquette stayed on the offensive for the opening minutes. The teams continued to go back and forth, with the Redmen getting good looking shots on net. Marquette’s Ethan Phillips was able to redirect a shot from Dylan Grange to get the first goal of the night.

The Redmen continued to pressure the Copper Kings on defense causing turnovers. Calumet was able to cause a one-on-one scenario after a turnover but Wylen Cambensy was able to make the save and keep the Marquette. Nolan Sturos followed it up with another Copper King shot, but Cambensy stayed tough and kept the puck out. Kody Moyer scored another one for the Redmen wrapping the puck around the net and sneaking it past Aksel Loukus of the Copper Kings.

The final minutes saw both of the teams go back and forth with Calumet trying to claw their way back into it. The Redmen defense was able to fight off the Copper Kings and continue to cause turnovers. Marquette doubled Calumet in the first with two shots finding their mark.

SOG: Marquette 14 , Calumet 6

Calumet vs Marquette
Calumet vs Marquette

2nd: Marquette opened up the period shorthanded for the first minute. The Redmen penalty kill played aggressive looking for a shorthanded goal, but also did their job in keeping their zone clean. The Copper Kings did their best to get some sort of offense going, but could only register one shot in the opening power play.

The Redmen kept their foot on the gas as they reached full strength, and continued to make the Calumet zone their home. Tony DeMattia had a great looking shot, but Loukus was able to make a terrific save for the Copper Kings. Aksel Loukus stayed busy with Marquette in his zone and was able to fight off the shot attempts.

Calumet’s offense showed a sign of life as they were finally able to get a shot on net, but Cambensy was able to glove it and make the save. The Redmen found themselves short handed and Calumet’s Nolan Sturos was finally able to get one past Cambensy for the power play goal.

Marquette had their first power play opportunity of the evening as Hans Kiilunen found himself in the box. The Redmen were able to hold the puck in the Calumet zone, but were kept out of the net. There were some great shots by Jack Sides and Nash Riipi but ultimately Loukus shut the door on the attempts.

SOG: Marquette 15 (29) , Calumet 6 (12)

3rd: Marquette opened the final period of play with a man advantage. The power play was unproductive as they weren’t able to register a shot on net. The Redmen stayed aggressive on offense, but went back and forth with the Copper Kings.

Calumet was able to cause a scrum in front of the net trying to sneak the puck past. Wylen Cambensy was able to get the save and Marquette was able to clear the puck from their zone. As Marquette got back to full strength they were able to pepper shots inside the Calumet zone. Loukus was playing outstanding between the pipes to keep the Redmen’s shots out.

The Redmen were able to catch a break as a Calumet defender fell on the ice and Caleb Fries was able to get it past Loukus unassisted. That goal brought the Marquette lead back to two. The Copper Kings tried to fight back and got shots on net, but none of them were able to get past the Redmen goaltender

SOG: Marquette 11 (40) – Calumet 3 (15)

FINAL: Marquette 3, Calumet 1

Joe Boogren Player of the Game: Ethan Phillips, Marquette

After regulation the two teams entered a shoot-out for the Heritage Cup. Sturos was able to get the first shot past Cambensy. Marquette was stuffed on their first attempt. Calumet’s second shot was good as well. Marquette’s final hope was Cole Ranta who’s shot was saved by Loukus. Calumet won the shoot-out and in turn the Heritage Cup.


The Marquette Redmen hockey team is back on the ice on February 15th as they travel up to the Keweenaw Peninsula to face off against the Hancock Bulldogs. The game will start at 7:15 live on Fox Sports Marquette 105.1-99.9!