Behind a strong second period and five goals from Cameron Wirick, the Marquette Royales dominated the St. Louis Frontenacs 14-0 on Sunday, February 22.
It was another offensive onslaught as the Royales had 89 shots on goal to beat their franchise-record 82 shots on goal on Saturday night. All but two Royales had a point in the win. St. Louis had just 13 shots on goal, one less than the amount of goals Marquette had.
However, the seven-goal second which included a goalie change for the Frontenacs is what led to the blowout. Alec Morris, Dalton Duquette, Jayson Dahlquist, Inguis Matins and Wirick scored in the second.
Wirick continued his unbelievable point streak this series with the first goal of the game on a power play putback at 15:04 and a hat trick in the third. His performance today gave him the Minnesota Junior Hockey League scoring title with 39 goals on the year.
“It really kind of cliche, but it’s a dream come true,” Wirick said. “Didn’t really think I’d score this many goals this year.”
It is the second scoring title in a row for the Royales, as Dallas McLaughlin won the title last year.
The loss clinched a perfect losing season for the Frontenacs, who finished 0-39-0-0 for zero league points. St. Louis has a 1-80-0-4 record in the MnJHL since the Royales entered the league.
Despite the record, Royales head coach Kevin Shupenia was happy with the timing — and subsequent sweep — of their opponent.
“(The Royales) were lacking in the confidence category lately and they’ve been struggling. We were getting opportunities and finishing chances today. This couldn’t have come at a better time,” he said.
That confidence and seeing the scoring through should help in the playoffs as Marquette will travel to one of their main rivals in the Wisconsin Rapids River Kings. The Kings finished 32-7-0-0 for 64 points and won the season series 7-2. However, the Royales couldn’t be happier with who they drew.
“We should have taken two of the last three from Wisconsin Rapids, but we didn’t perform for 60 minutes,” said assistant coach Jim Stanaway. “If we play hockey the way we can, they cant event stand on the ice with us.”