Marquette Redmen Escape Houghton With a 3-2 Victory Over the Gremlins

Coach Doug Garrow gets his team ready for the final face off.

Houghton, MI- November 21st, 2017- The Marquette Redmen hockey team was eager to get their 2017-2018 season started on Fox Sports Marquette. They were facing a familiar foe in the Houghton Gremlins who they scrimmaged last week. Marquette had a young team last year that exceeded expectations and this year they were looking to build on that success.

The first period was a very tight first period. The score may not reflect that but it seemed that both teams came out hard wanting to get a great start to their season. The Redmen would put three goals in the back of the net. The first goal came from Sterling Wright early in the first period off of a rebound.  Two more were added from Joe Phillips and Aiden Frost. Looking at the score you would think Marquette dominated but in reality they were a little fortunate to have that lead. The Gremlins had the only powerplay, they dominated in time of possession, and had 18 shots on Dylan Sibilsky. It was a tremendous period from the Marquette netminder.

The Redmen celebrate their first goal of the season.
The Redmen celebrate their first goal of the season.

It was all Houghton in the second period. They really continued to dominate the stat sheet but this time they were able to cash in on a couple goals. The Gremlins put so much pressure on the Redmen defense, it forced turnovers and penalties. Houghton converted on two powerplays to cut into the Marquette lead. If it weren’t for goaltender Dylan Sibilsky the Redmen might have been tied or even worse, losing at the end of the second. Sibilsky must have faced 30+ shots through two periods. Luckily Marquette was able to hang on to a one goal lead heading into the final period.

The third period was very much the same as the second. Houghton really controlled most of this game. The dominated the face off circle, shots on goal, puck possession, powerplays, anything on the stat sheet they won. The only stat they didn’t win is the one that matters, the score, Marquette was able to escape with a 3-2 victory. Coach Doug Garrow said goaltender Dylan Sibilsky “Was our first star, second star, and third star.” That is easy to say when he stopped 45+ shots in the game.

Listen to next game Tuesday November 28th, as the Marquette Redmen take on the Escanaba Eskymos on Fox Sports Marquette.