Plymouth, MI – March 10th, 2022 – The Marquette Redmen hockey team competed in the state semi finals this afternoon against the Hartland Eagles. The game was broadcasted on Fox Sports Marquette 105.1-99.9.
1st Period: The semi-final contest opened up with some quick pressure from the Eagles, but Marquette Goalie Wylen Cambensy wasn’t letting anything behind him. The Redmen had their first scoring chance a few minutes later when F Theo Adams was able to get behind the defense, but a save was made from the Eagles goaltender. Both teams controlled the puck very well to begin the game, but Marquette got another opportunity a few minutes later. Jacob Garrow and Ethan Phillips led a two on one into the Eagle zone. After a beautiful pass from Garrow, Ethan Phillips scored the first goal of the game, giving the Redmen a 1-0 lead with just under 12:00 remaining in the opening period. Marquette continued to pressure the Eagles in the next few minutes, as they had multiple scoring chances, but none of them doing. Later in the period, the Eagles were given their first power play of the game after a tripping penalty on the Redmen. Marquette did a fantastic job clearing the puck during the penalty kill, as they even had a short handed scoring chance. Marquette earned their first power play towards the end of the period, but it was unsuccessful. After one period of play, the Redmen led 1-0.
2nd Period: Similar to the opening of the first period, the Eagles of Hartland had the advantage in the early minutes, but Wylen Cambensy stayed true. Marquette was finally able to find some pressure minutes later, but 1-0 remained the score with 13:45 remaining in the period. Wylen Cambensy had to make some great saves for the Redmen in the middle of the period as the Eagles had about two minutes of constant pressure. With just under 10:00 to play in the second frame, the Redmen were still hanging on to a 1-0 lead, but a minute later, they were given their second power play of the game. Marquette kept the puck in the Eagle zone for the entire two minutes of the power play, but were unable to gain an insurance goal. Both goal tenders had themselves a period, as the next few minutes were fast paced and full of scoring opportunities. With 2:50 remaining in the period, Marquette went on their third power play of the contest. The Eagles came into this game with a 95% success rate on the penalty kill, and after already successfully killing two, the Eagles did it again. With just :20 seconds remaining in the period, the Marquette Redmen were called for a tripping penalty. The horns blew shortly after, as the Redmen went into the last period still hanging onto their 1-0 lead.
3rd Period: The Redmen of course came out of the period down a man, but they were able to successfully kill the remaining 1:30 of the penalty. Redmen play-by-play announcer John Thomsen said it best on the broadcast, “The Redmen need some momentum, they NEED some momentum”, seconds later Marquette F Theo Adams scored a one timer from teammate Tucker Welch to give his team the 2-0 lead. All the momentum was now with Marquette, as a minute after the Adams goal, the Redmen were given their fourth power play of the game. Although no goal was scored during the power play, Marquette skated all over the Eagles, setting up countless scoring chances. Marquette continued to apply pressure during the midway point of the period, but after a tripping penalty on the Redmen, the Eagles went on their third power play of the game. Seconds into the power play, and with just under 8:35 to play in the game, the Eagles scored on a rebound to make it a 2-1 game. Exactly a minute later, the Redmen turned the puck over in their zone and the Eagles tied the game. Marquette did a great job retaking the momentum after the two goal swing as with just under 5:40 remaining, the Redmen were faced with their fifth power play opportunity. Shots flew during the man advantage, but Marquette just couldn’t get the looks they wanted. Marquette absolutely dominated the final few minutes of the period, but just couldn’t find the back of the net, overtime would determine who would play in Saturday’s state title game.
OT: An unbelievable ending to the game came thirteen seconds into the overtime period, as the Hartland Eagles scored the game winner to advance to the state title game on Saturday.
Final: Marquette 2 Hartland 3 (OT)
Thank you for an unbelievable season Redmen!