MARSHALL - Behind four goals from junior forward Lizzie Archbold, the Marshall girls' hockey team scored two goals in each of the three periods of their 6-1 Southwest Conference win over the Windom Area Eagles.
Despite holding a 2-0 lead after the first period, the Tigers had come out a little flat on Tuesday night. The tempo would change quickly, however, as the Tigers ratcheted up the pressure over the final 34 minutes.
"We talked about coming out with energy and I don't think they had the start they wanted to," Marshall head coach Kevin Schroeder said of his team's start. "But they realized that, so the second and third period, as a group, they wanted to come out, be more aggressive and step up on every loose puck. I thought the second and third period that they really did that. I told them that I thought the third period was their best of the night. I thought we skated with a lot more intensity and controlled the puck a lot more. We were pleased, really pleased with the third period."
Though they had been outshot 18-3 at the time, it was Windom who scored the first goal of the second period. Defenseman Kaylee Janssen picked up a Marshall turnover at neutral ice and used her speed to jet out in front of the Tiger defense.
Alone with Marshall goalie Sierra Wagner, Janssen slipped her shot between Wagner's skates to cut the Marshal lead in half eight minutes, 40 seconds into the period.
The Tiger response was nearly instantaneous.
Windom0 1 0-1
Marshall2 2 2-6
W-Kaylee Janssen, 8:40
M-Lizzie Archbold (Sara Antony, Bailey Archbold), 9:14
M-L. Archbold (Hanna Peterson, Antony), 16:36
M-L. Archbold (Peterson, Morgan Larsen), 11:18
M-Mikayla Campion (L. Archbold), 14:56
Shots on Goal: W-6; M-42
Goaltenders: W-Emily Steen (36 saves); M-Sierra Wagner (5 saves)
Just 34 seconds later Archbold scored her second goal of the night, burying a rebound off of a Sara Antony shot. Archbold completed her hat trick seven minutes later with another rebound goal, this time smashing the puck into an open goal after Hanna Peterson's initial attempt was turned aside.
"She's definitely brought some energy," Schroeder said of Archbold. "That whole line with Lizzie and Hanna Peterson on there, they've done a nice job of crashing on rebounds which we stress and stress. We've gotten a lot of goals off of rebounds."
Marshall would out-shoot the Eagles 18-1 in the third and final period, as Archbold tapped home her fourth goal on yet another rebound. Peterson again had the initial shot on goal.
The final Tiger goal came on a knuckling delivery from Mikayla Campion at the blueline. As the shot ducked and swerved, it fooled Windom goalie Emily Steen. The seventh-grader stopped 36 shots in the game, but wasn't able to deny Campion her first varsity goal. Archbold was credited with the assist at the 14:56 mark of the third period.
With just four games remaining in the regular season, the Tigers (7-12 overall, 5-2 Southwest Conference) have little time left to make any drastic changes before section playoffs begin. But as winners of three of their previous five games, the Tigers may be focusing instead on perfecting the details of their game.
"A lot of close games that we lost we had so many give away's or turnovers," Schroeder said. "The second half of the year we should really be controlling (the puck), so that's what we've really focused on. Tonight I thought we did a lot better job. We also talked about being aggressive and making your own opportunities. Don't wait for them to happen, make them happen."
The Tigers are in Hutchinson on Saturday for their final road game of the season before closing out the year with three consecutive home games.