Two different Tigers turned out to be equals on Saturday as the Marshall and Hutchinson girls' hockey teams tied 3-3 in Hutchinson.
After conceding the go-ahead goal five minutes, 25 seconds into the final period of regulation, Marshall forced overtime on Mikenna Radke's tally at the 10:34 mark of the period.
Assisting on Radke's goal was Megan Vogl, who started the scoring for Marshall just 1:02 into the game with an unassisted goal.
The quick start was just what the Tigers needed to shake the rust out of their legs after a long road trip, and also helped build momentum for the remainder of the game.
"We came out with energy and skated like we wanted it and did a really nice job with forecheck pressure," Marshall head coach Kevin Schroeder said. "Both teams had scoring opportunities back and forth, but Sierra Wagner had a very strong game in net. I can't really say anything bad about it. We were winning all the little races to the puck and doing all those good things that we should be doing."
Wagner made 33 stops in the tie including five in overtime to help Marshall improve to 7-12-1 on the season. Her counterpart, Hutchinson's Quin McCormick made 14 saves in a game where Marshall was badly out-shot.
Marshall1 1 1 0-3
Hutchinson2 0 1 0-3
M-Megan Vogl, 1:02
H-Addie Rolling (Ellie Larson), 3:58
H-Jordan Guggisberg (Allison Neubarth, Sam Hantge), 8:17
M-Lizzie Archbold (Hanna Peterson), 2:37
H-Baylee Holtz (Neubarth), 5:25
M-Mikenna Radke (Vogl), 10:34
Shots on Goal: M-17; H-36.
Goaltenders: M-Sierra Wagner (33 saves); H-Quin McCormick (14 saves).
After Vogl opened the scoring, Hutchinson answered back with a pair of first period goals to take a 2-1 lead into the lockerroom.
Marshall responded with the second period's only goal, as Lizzie Archbold tied the game at 2-2 at the 2:37 mark of the period with an assist going to Hanna Peterson.
Baylee Holtz gave Hutchinson the 3-2 lead, which lasted less than five minutes before Radke forced overtime.
The tie for Marshall provided a huge confidence boost for their three-game homestand to close out the regular season. Marshall had previously seen Hutchinson play at the Schwan's Cup and knew they would be a fierce opponent.
"We watched them as a team, we watched them play Silver Bay," Schroeder said. "The girls knew what they were about and how quick they were. We scored first and that really gave us some confidence. After the first period I think we realized that we can skate with a team like that. The momentum built in the first period and just carried over. That was probably one of the games that we skated with the most confidence."
The two Tigers' will be back at it on Thursday as Hutchinson comes to Marshall with the opening faceoff slated for 6 p.m. at Lockwood Motors Ice Arena.