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Timely goals, Stewart goaltending propel Marquette over Lafayette for Silver Skate Trophy

By: Jonathan Duncan


The Marquette Mustangs celebrate after winning the Silver Skate Trophy for the fourth straight season on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at Queeny Park Ice Rink. [Jonathan Duncan/West Newsmagazine photo]

In a Mid-States Club hockey game where goaltending was strong by both teams, the Marquette Mustangs made their liimted shots count with some timely scoring.

Jared Busch scored a goal early in the first period, and Jacob Rapp and Joshua Salmon added second and  third period goals for the Mustangs.

Marquette junior goalie Nicholas Stewart made them stand up with a strong night in goal as the Mustangs beat archrival Lafayette 3-1 Saturday night at Queeny Park Ice Rink and claimed the Silver Skate Trophy for the fourth consecutive season.

Getting a win against their rival was huge for Marquette (11-6-1) as the Mustangs snapped a two-game losing streak to end the week on a good note. Winning the Silver Skate Trophy for the fourth straight year made it that much sweeter.

“Winning the Silver Skate Trophy for four years in a row is just crazy,” said Rapp. “To score a goal in my last Silver Skate game against Lafayette is just crazy. I put my whole heart out in this game and so did the team.”

Lafayette senior defenseman Adam Brown and Marquette sophomore forward Joshua Salmon battle against the boards for a loose puck during a Mid-States Club Hockey Association game on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at Queeny Park Ice Rink. [Jonathan Duncan/West Newsmagazine photo]

Busch, a sophomore forward, got Marquette going in the first period with a goal at the 4:01 mark as he skated in and popped a bad-angle goal past Lafayette goalie Kaitlyn Reid for a 1-0 lead.

“In a big rivalry game like Lafayette-Marquette, getting the first goal is what we needed,” Marquette coach Gary Tockman needed. “Getting the first goal was huge and when we play ahead, we’re a much better team.”

Rapp made his big contribution in the second period, scoring a goal with 6:31 left to give the Mustangs control at 2-0. Zachary Maupin assisted on Rapp’s goal.

“Rapp was a horse, he knew what this game meant and he played hard,” Tockman said. “I rolled him a little bit every shift and he’s probably a bit gassed but he was the definitely the king of the ice tonight,” Tockman said.

In the goal, Stewart was sharp as he kept the Lancers scoreless for nearly two periods.

Lafayette’s Nick Hoffman cut the lead to 2-1 on a breakaway goal with 7.3 seconds left in the second period.

Lafayette (7-10-2) had three power play chances to come back from the second period until the end of the game, but the Lancers could not capitalize as Marquette’s penalty killers kept them frustrated.

“We needed more puck movement and we couldn’t getting anything going,” Lafayette coach Jim Carrico said. “The passes weren’t crisp and Marquette was the reason for a lot of that. They pressured our players into doing things they were not used to doing and it worked out for them.”

Salmon, a sophomore forward, finished out the scoring with a goal with 2:04 left as the Marquette faithful began to celebrate keeping the Silver Skate Trophy for another year.

“This is the best game always for us with Lafayette and the big crowd,” Rapp said. “It’s the best game of my career.”

 

 

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