The Marquette Royales are wrapping up the regular season with one last home stand against the St. Louis Frontenacs this weekend at Lakeview Arena.
The Frontenacs are still winless in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League, with a 0-36-0 record for zero points. They also have a division-worst -209. They’ve only been shutout 10 games this season, but haven’t scored in five of their last 10.
St. Louis was swept at home last weekend by Tri City, losing 2-0, 4-1 and 3-2. Besides a 1-0 lead in the second game, the Frontenacs never led.
Nick Tobey leads St. Louis with 33 points on 17 goals and 16 assists. He leads the team in both categories. Brennan Hoge is the team’s goon with 166 penalty minutes this season. Bryan Fuhler and Kyle Parker also provide some offense.
The Royales are also coming off the wrong end of a series sweep, losing three games to the Wisconsin Rapids River Kings. In unusual fashion for this year where Sundays were deciding wins, Marquette kept it close on Friday and Saturday, but dropped the finale 6-0.
Todd Cooper is expected to be on defense for at least some of the series. The second year player has 30 points in 30 games this season.
Cameron Wirick still leads the team in points, goals and assists and could go off this weekend. The forward has reached four points in a game three times this season, two of which were against St. Louis.
In the teams’ only other series this year on Nov. 7-9, Marquette outscored St. Louis 21-8 in three games. Marquette is undefeated all time against the Frontenacs, going 9-0 in the last two seasons.
The last two seasons St. Louis won only a few games, but they were always against Ft. Wayne. The franchise is dormant this season, but their coach is now-Royales skipper Kevin Shupenia.
For the hardcore fans with the whiteboard signs, please feel free to remind everyone about how St. Louis whimped out of a playoff series last year. Marquette was to play the Frontenacs in the opening round of the playoffs, but were allowed to skip the playoffs after a divisional vote.
Puck drops at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday at Lakeview Arena.