Hilltoppers Top the Wildcats

The Marquette Hilltoppers and the University School of Milwaukee Wildcats went head to head for the Admirals Cup on Wednesday. The Hilltoppers came out on top of the Wildcats in a 4-2 win and their first championship of the Admirals High School Hockey Showdown, presented by the Bradley Corporation.

Hilltopper sophomore forward Will Podewils scored the cup-clinching goal on a break-away with just over three minutes to play in second period, breaking a 2-2 tie.

In the first period, the Hilltoppers took the lead in the championship game at 12:23 with an unassisted goal from junior forward Joe Joe Llaurado. Llaurado collected the puck from behind the net, where the forward did a wrap around on the near post and past senior goalie Alex Langer.

The Wildcats did not want to fall behind going into the second period. So, sophomore forward Jack Hoge received a pass from junior defenseman Nathan Burke. Hoge ripped a quick wrist shot from the left side that was deflected by the Hilltopper defense and into the net for the tying goal to make it a 1-1 game at 13:55 of the first period.

The second period started off in the Hilltopper's favor as forward Griff Jeszka scored at 5:01. The sophomore gave Marquette the lead after Jeszka raced in front of the goal crease where he shot far side of the goalie to give the go-ahead goal. Sophomore forward Will Podewils was credited with an assist.

The Wildcats also had an answer to the Jeszka goal, as junior forward Ashton Wackym took the advantage of a five-on-three power play goal at 9:09. Wackym fired a wrist shot from the left circle and went over the left shoulder of the Hilltopper goalie Andrew Putterman. Seniors Simon Leahy and Aaron Storch recorded the assists.

Podewils picked up the game-winner at 13:54 of the second when he received a outlet pass from junior Cam Biel. Podewils raced towards the net where he deked goaltender Alex Langer and pushed the puck to the back of the net for the game winning goal. The goal was assisted by Cam Biel and junior Aaron Miller.

University School pulled their goalie with just under two minutes to play, allowing Marquette sophomore forward Ben Lowe to pick up an insurance goal at 15:49 and ice the game.

Previously today the Cedarburg Bulldogs came out with a come from behind win over the Arrowhead Warhawks at the Bradley Center. The Warhawks looked to be in charge most of the game but Cedarburg posted two unanswered goals to give them the 3-2 win and the third place finish at the Admiral High School Hockey Showdown.

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