Seven area players earn all-state recognition in hockey
HOUGHTON — Three of the Houghton Gremlins hockey team’s four seniors earned All-State recognition on Saturday. They were among seven Copper Country players who were named to the First and Second teams for their efforts.
Gremlins co-captain Camden Markham was named to the First Team, along with his linemates and senior classmates, Gaborik Carlson and Landon Stevens. Markham led Houghton in scoring with 36 goals and 78 points in 25 games, setting a new school record for points in a season. He later broke the record for points in a career during the Gremlins’ quarterfinal victory over Escanaba.
He was also named to the D3 All-Tournament Team for his efforts in the postseason.
Carlson, a co-captain for Houghton, finished third on the team in scoring with 14 goals and 53 points in 25 games. He scored a goal and an assist in the Division 3 Region 17 Tournament. He added three assists in the state tournament.
Stevens, an alternate captain, scored a team-high 37 goals, and finished with 66 points in 25 games. Stevens also racked up two goals and five points in the Division 3 Region 17 Tournament. He added a further goal and five points in the state tournament as well.
A fourth Gremlins’ skater, junior defenseman Connor Raffaelli, was also named to the First Team. Transitioning from forward to defense this season, Raffaelli’s offensive instincts helped him lead Houghton’s blueliners in scoring with two goals and 26 points in 25 games. He added a goal and an assist in the regional tournament and two assists in the state tournament.
Senior goaltender Aksel Loukus of Calumet was a big part of most of the success the Copper Kings had throughout the season. He went 4-15-1 in 20 appearances with a 3.26 goals against average and a .917 save percentage. He finished the season with 696 saves.
On the Second Team, Loukus’ cousin and teammate Dan Loukus, who served as a co-captain, led the Copper Kings’ blue line with four goals and 11 points in 25 games.
Houghton junior goaltender Bryant Lee also named to the Second Team. He went 17-2 in 19 appearances this season with a 1.87 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. He stopped 346 shots this season. In the regional tournament, he went 2-0 with a 1.00 goals against average and a .938 save percentage. In the state tournament, he again posted a 1.00 goals against average and a .943 save percentage in two games.