Playing its first game of the 2012-13 season, as well as the first under new head coach Dave Coudert, the Marshall Tiger boys' hockey team used three goals on a five-minute power play to breeze past the Worthington Trojans Tuesday night in Worthington.
Adam McVey, Derek Rasmussen and Alex Buysse each scored on the man advantage, while senior captain Leo Zerr added a pair of even-strength goals in the 7-0 Marshall win.
"I was pleased, we actually had a couple of guys chip in that we weren't expecting to score, so that's always nice," Coudert said. "A first year player putting the puck in the net is always a bonus. And the guys that are supposed to (score) were (scoring), so it was nice to get a good lead going so other players can get more playing time."
Zerr opened the scoring for the Tigers, burying a feed from Corey Clark 6 minutes, 43 seconds into the game. It was the only goal for the Tigers in the opening period, as new faces took some time getting used to the flow of varsity hockey.
"I think they kind of came out and there were a few jitters to start with, but as soon as the game got into a flow I think all the young guys did just fine and held their own," Coudert said. "The older guys kind of took them under their wing and coached them along the way, so that was nice to see. I don't think anybody was intimidated."
Beau Mikel scored at 4:52 into the second period with Zerr picking up the assist. Then with a 2-0 lead, the Tigers drew a five-minute major penalty and capitalized on the power play three times.
McVey got his first goal of the season, assisted by Buysse at 8:47 into Period 2. Sophomore Derek Rasmussen scored his first varsity goal on an assist from Randy Louwagie to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead, while Buysse recorded his second point of the season a minute later with an assist going to Quinn Horvath.
Zerr added his second goal to open the third period on assists from Clark and Blaine Moran, while Andrew Bell got his first goal on Buysse's second assist of the game at 5:46.
The Tigers (1-0 overall, 1-0 Southwest Conference) controlled play throughout out-shooting the Trojans 58-19.
With a win under their belts, the Tigers will look to keep the momentum rolling as they return to the road on Thursday to face conference rival Windom.
"We're just going to keep the momentum going with high paced practices, keep the flow going," Coudert said. "Make sure we're working hard and continue to work as a team and hold each other accountable. Make sure we're doing what we expect to be done."
Marshall1 4 2-7
Worthington0 0 0-0
M-Leo Zerr (Corey Clark), 6:43
M-Beau Mikel (Zerr), 4:52
M-Adam McVey (Alex Buysse), 8:47 PP Goal
M-Derek Rasmussen (Randy Louwagie), 11:14 PP Goal
M-Alex Buysse (Quinn Horvath), 12:25 PP Goal
M-Leo Zerr (Clark, Blaine Moran), 2:35
M-Andrew Bell (Alex Buysse), 5:46
Shots on Goal: M-58; W-19.
Goaltenders: M-Adam Cavazos (19); W-Rylan Scholtes (51).