MARQUETTE - After being outscored 17-1 in a pair of drubbings downstate to Cranbrook-Kingswood School 10 days earlier, the Calumet High School hockey team found some fire on the ice of Lakeview Arena on Tuesday against Marquette Senior High School and that fire blazed brightest on the power play.
The Copper Kings scored their first three goals on the man advantage and converted on four of their first five power play chances en route to a 6-1 victory over the rival Redmen.
Calumet finished 4-for-8 on the power play and outshot Marquette 39-14, holding MSHS to less than 10 shots until the third period.
"After coming from Cranbrook playing last weekend and getting our butts absolutely creamed, I thought the kids had a little fire in them. Our power play was pretty deadly," Calumet coach Jim Crawford said.
"After taking a butt-kicking like we did, getting humiliated two games in a row against an outstanding team, the kids were full of fire."
Calumet senior forward and Northern Michigan University verbal commitment Brendan Jacques finished with two goals and an assist; junior forward Eric Mattila had a goal and two assists; senior forward Bryce Johnson scored two of the Copper Kings' first three power play goals; and senior forward Lucas Lahnala assisted on Calumet's second and third power play tallies to lead a balanced Calumet offensive effort.
Calumet 2 1 3 - 6
Marquette 0 0 1 - 1
First period - 1, CAL, Bryce Johnson 2 (Eric Mattila, James Sturos), 4:07 (PP); 2, CAL - Mattila 4 (Lucas Lahnala), 6:32 (PP).
Second period - 3, CAL, Johnson 3 (Lahnala, Brendan Jacques), 4:40 (PP).
Third period - 4, CAL, Jacques 2 (Mattila), 2:28 (PP); 5, MQT - Scott Frazier (Chris Amundsen, Alex Zerbel), 5:13; 6, CAL, Jacques 3 (unassisted), 6:21 (SH); 7, CAL - Braden Anderson 2 (unassisted), 11:22.
Goalie saves - Calumet, Troy Pierce, 13; Marquette, Evan Kyle, 33.
Power play - Calumet, 4-8; Marquette, 0-2.
Penalties-Minutes - Calumet 3-6, Marquette 8-16.
Junior forward Braden Anderson had the Copper Kings' only even-strength goal, unassisted, late in the third period, while senior defenseman James Sturos assisted on Johnson's first goal of the night 4:07 in while Marquette served a bench minor for too many men on the ice.
Mattila struck two and a half minutes later while the Redmen were trying to kill off a holding penalty and Johnson got his second score 4:40 into the second after a hooking call on Marquette.
"Really nothing to say about our penalty killers. I just think it has a lot to say about their power play," MSHS coach Mike L'Huillier said. "They got so much talent. They move the puck so well tape-to-tape. They go to the net. They're in position. They are well coached.
"I just can't say we were doggish out there. They were just that much better than us."
Jacques, who assisted on Johnson's second score, picked up his second goal of the season 2:28 into the third period following a trip on MSHS.
When Marquette finally got its first power play six minutes into the third period, Jacques responded with a pair of one-on-one shorthanded breakaways against Redmen goaltender Evan Kyle, with the first attempt hitting the post and the second finding the back of the net.
Crawford said he's been waiting for Jacques to break out and start scoring goals.
"Last year I know I struggled through a few games to get the goals going, but as soon as you get that one in, they seem to start to come a lot easier," Jacques said.
Jacques' back-to-back breaks early in the third were two of three Calumet shorthanded breakaways in the third period alone. Kyle also fended off a two-on-one Copper Kings breakaway midway through the third period and had to fight off a pair of even-strength one-on-one breaks in the first two periods.
Only Jacques' second shorthanded attempt succeeded as the senior Redmen netminder finished with 33 saves.
Calumet junior goalie Troy Pierce made 13 saves.
"It seems like every team we've lost to has been so much quicker than us," L'Huillier said.
"Evan Kyle and Matt Wiese have been keeping us in for our four losses, there's no question. We've been outshot by 30 shots a game when we lost. Luckily we have good goaltending."