MARSHALL - Facing off against one of the top teams in the Big 9 Conference, and the most productive scorer in Minnesota this season, the Tigers held their own with two goaltenders in the net, defeating Mankato West 2-1 in overtime Tuesday at the Lyon County Ice Arena.
Senior goalie Zach McCoy was slated to start in net, but took a puck to the knee during warmups. McCoy held the Scarlets scoreless in the first period before being spelled by Andrew Noble, who stopped 16 of 17 shots in the Tigers' win.
"Zach was ready to play, and credit to him for staying mentally sharp especially with the pain," said Marshall head coach Kori Pearson, whose team moves to 4-2-0 overall with the win. "And credit to Andy for getting ready and playing really well again. He kept us in there.
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Marshall’s Brady Mellenthin passes the puck to the slot in the first period of Tuesday’s non-conference game against Mankato West.
"If we can have both playing well, we'll have some good competition later in the year."
After Mankato West brought the game to overtime after Nate Olsen scored a goal in the third period, Max Deutz stepped up large for the Tigers, knocking the puck past Jake Kaufman for the game-winning goal. Andrew Buysse and Beau Mikel assisted on the goal.
"Max got a good rush going into the zone," Pearson said. "We got the puck back to the point and Buysse got the puck to the net. Max was there on the doorstep and banged it in."
|MW||0 0 1 0—1|
|Marshall||1 0 0 1—2|
|M-Aaron Antony (Evan VanderZiel), 2:20 (PP) (1)|
|MW-Nate Olsen (Scott McKissick), 10:32 (PP) (1)|
|M-Max Deutz (Andrew Buysse, Beau Mikel), 1:27 (2)|
|Shots on goal: MW-22; M-24.|
|Goaltending: MW-Jake Kaufman (22 saves); M-Zach McCoy (5 saves), Andrew Noble (16 saves).|
Aaron Antony gave Marshall an early 1-0 lead with a goal in the first period, scoring on a rebound from an Evan VanderZiel shot.
The Scarlets' Ville Rantanen came into the game as the state's leading scorer with 22 points (19 goals, 3 assists). While the prolific scorer made the Tigers key on him the entire game, Marshall succeeded in holding Rantanen without a point.
"We shut him down as far as the scoreboard goes, but he's still a dangerous player," Pearson said. "We were taking away his space and we played the body on him.
"It was a pretty even game and we got the bounce at the end of the game. It was really good competition and a really good opportunity and I was real pleased with the result."
After Tuesday's win, the Tigers turn their attention to Redwood Valley, as Marshall heads to Redwood Falls on Thursday to take on the defending Southwest Conference champs.
The Tigers haven't defeated the Cardinals in the past two years. Pearson is hoping the momentum from Tuesday's win can help break that drought.
"I think it's going to really help us out, especially with the way everyone contributed (on Tuesday)," Pearson said. "We've got something to prove against them. We're trying to get back to the top of the conference and the road goes through them."