Royales Beat Writer
The red hot Marquette Royales are hosting the St. Louis Frontenacs in a three-game weekend set, Oct. 11-14. The Royales had last weekend off after they swept the Central Wisconsin Saints 3-1, 7-2 and 5-3 on Sept. 27-29. While the Royales are trying to extend their eight-game winning streak on Friday, St. Louis (0-7) will be trying to do the exact opposite and end their winless start to the season.
Goaltending and defense have been a major weakness for St. Louis to start this season, in their first seven games they have already given up 54 goals. Frontenac netminder Loren Sawyer has given up 26 goals in just four starts. MQT has all three of their goalies playing very well early on. Together, the three Royales goaltenders, Nate Eminger, Bryce Leaf and Walker Enstad have given up a combined 26 goals with a .923 save percentage. Eminger (.957) leads the league in save percentage, while Leaf (.921) is fourth. Enstad also suited up with the US National Development Team last Saturday when they faced the Northern Michigan University Wildcats.
The Royales (8-2) are going into Friday night currently in second place in the Great Lakes Division, just three points behind division leading Illiana Blackbirds (9-1). The Royales are also tied for second place overall in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League with the Wisconsin Dells Ducks, who leads the Minnesota Division.
The weekends first two games on Friday and Saturday will both start at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday's conclusion game will begin at noon. All games will be held at Lakeview Arena.
Brandon Decremer is the Royales beat writer for MQT Social Scene. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.