Homestead Captures Admirals Cup
Milwaukee, WI--The Homestead Highlanders were able to hold off the Marquette Hilltoppers 5-3 in an exciting Admirals Cup final, presented by Bradley Corporation, Friday afternoon at the BMO Bradley Center.
Homestead Captain Michael Schultz tallied a goal and an assist to pace the Highlander offense as they captured their first Admirals Cup Title
The Highlanders got the first goal of the game as Riley Dixon snuck one past Marquette goalie Scott Pelkowski. Dixon was driving the left lane with the puck on his backhand as he puts a shot at the net. Pelkowski thought he had the shot saved put the puck slowly slide through his legs.
On their second power-play of the game, the Hilltoppers were working the puck around their offensive zone when it fell to the stick of Patrick Llaurado. Llaurado passed the puck down to JJ Kispert in the right corner. Kispert found Jackson Weiss in front of the net for a one-timer that went past the stick of Homestead netminder Ethan Levy to tie the score at one.
Homestead added to an exciting first period when they got a 5 on 3 opportunity and Schulz got the puck at the top of the right circle. He Ryan Mezera on the opposite side of the ice and made a saucer pass over the stick of a Hilltopper defender. Mezera held the puck for a second and shot it into the back of the net.
The Highlanders were not done yet. They made the score 3-1 with less than a minute to go when Max Henry was taking the puck up the right boards. He saw Cole Simpson filling the middle lane and gave him puck. Simpson faked forehand, brought the puck to his backhand and lifted the puck over the glove of a diving Pelkowski.
The Hilltoppers were able to cut into the lead with 7:08 to go in the second period. The goal came off a turn around wrist shot by Charles Bolles. The Hilltoppers had the puck in their offensive zone Jackson Weiss got the puck behind the net. Jack O’Connor skated the puck to the middle of the Homestead zone and then passed it to Bolles at the top of the left circle. Bolles mishandled the puck at first but gained control when his back was to the net. He turned around and wristed one towards the net. The puck got deflected on the way to the net and found its way past Ethan Levy to make the score 3-2.
The Highlanders were able to reclaim their two-goal lead with just under seven minutes to go in the game. Jon Weyker had the puck for the Highlanders behind the net when he saw Michael Shultz in front. Schultz received the passed and attempted to shoot. His original shot was blocked, but not so he hacked at the puck a few times. He eventually made solid contact and snuck the puck over the stick of Scott Pelkowski to make the score 4-2.
The game was not over yet as the Hilltoppers got a 5 on 3 power play opportunity with 3:20 left in the game. The Hilltoppers were moving the puck around when Patrick Llaurado got it at the top of the right circle. Llaurado saw JJ Kispert at the opposite circle and gave him the puck. Kispert though for a second and then wristed it short side past Ethan Levy to make the score 4-3 with 2:50 left in the game.
However, Homestead was able to seal the game with an empty net by Ryan Mezera with 5 seconds to go.
In the third place game earlier in the afternoon Fond du Lac defeated De Pere 6-1.
Admirals Cup Champions:
2013: Mequon Homestead
2009: University School
2006: University School