Chelsea, MI – January 27th 2022 – The Marquette Redmen went on the road to face off against the Chelsea Bulldogs. The Redmen won the game 5-2 in a really tough match and they improve their record to 14-3-1 on the season. John Thompsen and Joe Gaffney had the call live on 103.3 WFXD!
1st Period: Drew Dellies wins the first draw of the game giving the puck to Marquette to start off the game. Bulldogs weaved through Redmen defenders and were able to take a shot in front of goal but Anna Byczek was up to the task and defended it beautifully. Dellies passes to Ethan Phillips who then passes to Colin Nemacheck who walks it in front of the goal, fires, and scores the games first point. The Redmen would continue their assault on offense. Great shots from Jacob Garrow and Cole Ranta had the bulldog’s goalie Byron Bayer on full alert, but was able to save both shots. Jack Sides shot a rocket that the Bulldogs deflected, Dylan King gets the rebound, passes to Ranta for an open net goal and putting the Redmen up 2-0 with seven minutes to play in the first period. With five minutes to play, Marquette’s Nemacheck was called for slashing and put in the penalty box, giving the Bulldogs some much needed breathing room. Nothing came of the added attacker for the Bulldogs as the Redmen continued their offensive pressure despite being a man down. Owen Riipi shoots the puck from the point, rebounded off of Bayer and Kody Moyer was waiting to clean it up making the shot and making taking their lead up to 3. Marquette out shot Chelsea 21-3 in the first period.
End of 1st: Marquette 3, Chelsea 0
2nd Period: After winning the face-off, Marquette loses the puck and Byczek saves two dangerous shots by the Bulldogs to keep Chelsea off the board. The Bulldogs continued their pressure as they matched there shot output from the first period in the first 3 minutes of the 2nd period. After an icing call on Marquette, Chelsea wins an offensive face-off and immediately shoots and scores, cutting the lead to 3-1. Marquette would answer as Theo Adams was able to intercept a pass, keep the puck through his hustle as he skates down and passes to Ryland Ragusett for a shot and score in the top corner. With four minutes to go, Marquette would enter a penalty again as Moyer was called for a tripping. This time, the Bulldogs were able to capitalize as Chelsea swarms Marquette and cuts the lead back down to 2 points. With under 2 minutes to play, Marquette gets called for cross checking and put in the penalty box again, giving the Bulldogs a power play to end the period. Chelsea would even the power play as they would also get put in the penalty box for cross checking. Nothing came form either side as the shots were evenly divided 10-10.
End of 2nd: Marquette 4, Chelsea 2
3rd Period: The period opens up with both teams down a player. Marquette was able to have the advantage as they would get a 41 second power play. Right after the power play, Nemacheck receives a with a pass form Brayden Grange and was able to get a clean shot off, getting the Redmen back up to a 3 point lead. Marquette returned to their offensive pressure they had in the 1st period with a slew of on-target shots, unfortunately with Bayer deflecting or gloving them all. Chelsea got another power play opportunity with under 7 minutes to play as Tucker Welch was called for goalie interference. The Bulldogs were attacking consistently during the power play, but the Redmen defense would prove true as Byczek and company did not let their lead dwindle as the power play expired. With under 5 minutes to play, Marquette would go to the penalty box again and give Chelsea another power play opportunity. Byczek would again save 3 perilous shots during the power play that kept the Bulldogs out of the score column for the period. Marquette would end the power play without giving up a goal and were able to close the game out without any issues.
End of Game: Marquette 5, Chelsea 2
The Joe Boogren Player of the Game was awarded to Ryland Raguset and Colin Nemacheck.
Next Game: The Marquette Redmen play tomorrow and take on the Capital City at 3:30PM. The game will be called live by John Thompsen and Joe Gaffney on 105.1-99.9 Fox Sports Marquette.