By Lauren Beukelman
MARSHALL - After a scoreless first-period, Litchfield/ Dassel-Cokato appeared to be a well-matched opponent for the Marshall boys hockey team.
Photo by Jeff Arenz
Marshall’s Casper Larsen (17) and Sebastian Landry (7) celebrate with Dylan Criquet-Danielson (back) after he scored his first goal of a natural hat trick against Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato in a non-conference game Thursday at Lockwood Motors Ice Arena.
But a career-first hat trick from freshman Dylan Criquet-Danielson shattered L/DC's expectations, inspiring the Tigers to a 7-1 blowout victory over the Dragons.
"I know Litchfield is a good team and I thought it would be a close one," Marshall goalie Mason Campion said. "But I never expected this."
Struggling to find the net, Marshall took only five shots on-goal in the first-period, spending most of the period in Litchfield's zone. The Dragons took a seven shot advantage, outshooting the Tigers 12-5 as the game remained scoreless, entering the second period.
Early in the period, Andrew Bell passed to Criquet-Danielson who was able to connect with the net at the 12:53 mark to put Marshall on the board.
"That pretty much got it started for me," said Criquet-Danielson. "It was probably the best goal of the year for me."
A slashing penalty on Brent Haukom left the Tigers shorthanded, the Dragons responded with a power play goal from Isak Haataja, who was assisted by Jared Pedersen and Sam Stromberg.
The Tigers were helped by two penalties from Alec Sparboe, who gave Marshall two power-play opportunities.
Criquet-Danielson capitalized, scoring at 6:34 and 4:41 on the power play to earn his natural hat trick. Assists came from Bell, Derek Rasmussen and Alex Buysse.
If felt pretty great," said Criquet-Danielson. "The team was helping me out and I was just there for the rebounds."
Marshall was able to overcome its early shot deficit, attempting 22 shots in the second period, taking a 3-1 advantage over the Dragons.
In an effort to regain its momentum in the third period, aggressive play sent multiple Litchfield players to the penalty box, giving Marshall a 5-on-3 advantage.
An assist from Jeremiah Barker, allowed Criquet-Danielson to score his fourth goal of the night at a time of 13:47 on the power play.
Just 25 seconds later, Haukom followed suit for the Tigers, connecting with the net on a pass from Andrew Bell, who finished with four assists on the night.
As time ran down, the Tigers refused to settle with Walker Werpy finding his way to the net as he was assisted by Barker with 8:20 left.
Marshall scored its final goal of the night in a role reversal from Criquet-Danielson to Bell, who picked up his first goal of the night.
After an outstanding offensive performance as MHS went 5 of 5 on its power play, the Tigers were able to hold the Dragons to a single goal behind a 38-save effort from Campion.
"It was a pretty solid defensive game," said Campion. "we played really well as a team all-around."
First Period: None. Penalties: None.
Second Period: 1. Marshall, Dylan Criquet-Danielson (Andrew Bell), 12:53; 2. L/D-C, Isak Haataja (Sam Stromberg, Jared Pedersen), power play, 11:18; 3. Marshall, Dylan Criquet-Danielson (Derek Rasmussen, Andrew Bell), power play, 6:34; 4. Marshall, Dylan Criquet-Danielson (Andrew Bell, Alex Buysse), power play, 4:41. Penalties: Marshall, Matt VanKeulen (slashing), 12:26; L/D-C, Alec Sparboe (interference), 9:32; Marshall, Jeremiah Barker (high-sticking), 9:05; L/D-C, Jared Pedersen (high-sticking), 9:05; L/D-C, Alec Sparboe (elbowing) 6:15; L/D-C, Alec Sparboe (elbowing, misconduct), 6:15. Marshall, Taylor Rasmussen (falling on the puck), 2:16; L/D-C, Aaron Schrupp (checking from behind, major), 0:03. L/D-C, Aaron Schrupp (checking from behind, misconduct), 0:03.
Third Period: 5. Marshall, Dylan Criquet-Danielson (Jeremiah Barker), power play, 13:47; 6. Marshall, Brent Haukom (Andrew Bell, Alex Buysse), power play, 13:20; 7. Marshall, Walker Werpy (Jeremiah Barker, Sebastian Landry), 8:20; 7. Marshall, Andrew Bell (Dylan Criquet-Danielson, Jeremiah Barker), power play, 5:58. Penalties: L/D-C, Mason Merlic (tripping), 15:53; L/D-C, Sam Stromberg (tripping), 6:25; Marshall, Sebastian Landry (unsportsmanlike conduct), 5:01; Marshall, Derek Rasmussen (elbowing), 3:34.
Shots On-Goal: Litchfield 12-20-9-41; Marshall 5-20-13-38.
Power-Play Opportunities: Litchfield 1 of 4; Marshall 5 of 5.
Goaltending: Litchfield, Braeden Wahl (34 saves, 41 shots); Marshall, Mason Campion (37 saves, 38 shots).