Photo by Caleb Motsinger
East Alton-Wood River’s Seth Chester and Alec Revelle attempt to score in the third period of Thursday night’s game on Marquette goalie Alex Harder.
1A Hockey Playoffs at East Alton Ice Rink
Marquette Catholic 5, East Alton-Wood River 3
It was a grudge match Thursday for the Marquette Explorers, who came back with their heads held high after Monday night’s loss in game one of the Mississippi Valley Club Hockey Association playoffs.
Marquette beat the Oilers 5-3 in game two, pushing the playoffs in East Alton to Feb. 18 for the final tie-breaking game for the 1A title.
“The team definitely showed up to play after that last game,” Marquette coach John Dumoulin said. “We had two practices this week between games and we worked on our power play and penalty killing because that's what cost us the game last time.”
Freshman Zach Hunter had two goals in the first and third periods for the Explorers, Jacob Nickel and Tyler Jackson each scored one in the second, with Joseph Boevingloh contributing their only goal in the third period.
“We played a more physical and aggressive game with them,” Dumoulin said. “That’s the game they play and we stepped up to their level this time.”
Dumoulin believes his team must limit the shots the Oilers take to win the next game.
“They had over 20 shots tonight and we can’t let that happen again if we want to win Tuesday,” Dumoulin said. “Alex Harder played great tonight at goalie and he saved quite a few for us that could have easily been in.”
2A Playoffs at East Alton Ice Rink
Edwardsville 8, Bethalto 3
Bethalto had goals from Stephen Sitze, Aaron Scott and Brayden Emerick, but they just couldn’t turn back the Tigers in the second game of the 2A hockey playoffs at the East Alton Ice Rink.
Edwardsville put away the Eagles 8-0 in game one of the playoffs Monday night, but Bethalto coach Drew Retzer believes his team put up much more of a fight Thursday despite losing by five goals.
“I was really proud of the way our guys played tonight,” Retzer said. “We fell behind 22 seconds into the game but we didn't roll over. We tied it up just a minute later and we kept pushing. Even after Edwardsville started to pull away, our guys never gave up.”
Bethalto had two goals in the first period but was still behind Edwardsville on the scoreboard by one. But in the second period the Tigers led the game in scoring 4-0, with one goal coming in the third to lead the Tigers to the title.
“We fought all the way till the end and that shows the amount of heart this team has," Retzer said. “We left it all on the ice and we gave Edwardsville a tough game. I couldn't ask for more than that. It's a tough way for our seniors to go out, but they gave it everything they had, and they should hold their heads high for that.”