It hadn't even been a week since the Marshall girls' hockey team traveled to Hutchinson and skated to a 3-3 tie. Thursday, the two Tiger teams were back together on the ice and this time Hutchinson wasn't going to be satisfied with a draw.
Hutchinson got a hat trick from sophomore defenseman Jordan Guggisberg and that was more than enough to lift the visiting Tigers to a 4-1 win over Marshall at Lockwood Motors Ice Arena. It was just Hutchinson's second win of the season.
It appeared things were going to go Hutchinson's way for the night when it scored a goal with 4.2 seconds left in the first period shortly after a faceoff. Marshall (7-13-1 overall) recovered with a goal by Mikenna Radke less than a minute into the second period, but Guggisburg added a goal with five minutes left in the second, then another six minutes into the third to effectively seal the game.
"We thought we came out looking good through the first period and then they got what was kind of a flukey goal in the final seconds after the puck went off a couple of skates," Marshall head coach Kevin Schroeder said. "We had very good energy to start the second period and had our opportunities. I thought we put a lot of pressure on them on the offensive end there, but it was a back-and-forth match against two evenly-matched teams and they just capitalized on more of their opportunities."
Schroeder said Hitchinson's third goal seemed to take the air of his squad, which didn't quite have the energy that the team brought to Hutchinson in Saturday's draw.
"I thought Saturday we skated with a a little more intensity than we did tonight," he said. "When they had that third goal it knocked the wind out of our sails and we never really recovered from there."
Marshall goalie Sierra Wagner finished with 25 saves, while Hutchinson goalie Quin McCormick had 21 saves.
Marshall has just two more matches left in the regular season, both of which will be at home. The first is Tuesday when the Tigers take on Morris/Benson Area.