MARSHALL - The Marshall boys hockey team extended its winning streak to seven games by blanking Morris/Benson Area 5-0 in a Southwest Conference game Tuesday at Lockwood Motors Ice Arena.
"We are kind of getting used to each other now," said MHS head coach Michael Weiss. "We are starting to get a good fit and are getting on a good roll."
Weiss, in his first season as the Tigers head coach, said there has been an adjustment period for the players and his style of coaching.
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Marshall’s Dylan Criquet-Danielson carries the puck against Morris/Benson Area’s Cole Watzke during a Southwest Conference game Tuesday at Lockwood Motors Ice Arena.
A dominant defensive effort gave Marshall a 36-14 advantage in shots on-goal and kept the MBA out of the Tigers' zone for a majority of the game.
"We have been playing well, defensively, and our guys are willing to go down, block shots and make plays," said Weiss. "We are stepping into the forwards coming into the zone before they get too close to the net."
Mason Campion earned the win in the net for Marshall, stopping all 14 shots.
"He shut the door and played well tonight," said Weiss.
The Tigers (11-8-0, 8-2-0 SWC) grabbed an early lead in the first-period behind a goal from Alex Buysse at 8:39 with a hard-earned assist from Andrew Bell. "Andrew was making some plays out there and working hard in the corners," said Weiss.
Buysse continued with that momentum, assisting a last-minute goal by Dylan Criquet-Danielson to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead in the first.
Entering the second period, a string of penalties left the Storm shorthanded. The Tigers were able to capitalize, scoring a power play goal from Sebastian Landry at 6:14 with assists from Derek Rasmussen and Blaine Moran.
Criquet-Danielson picked up his second goal of the night at 10:53 in second period. Derek Rasmussen and Taylor Rasmussen were credited with the assists.
In the first two periods of play, Marshall's defense was able to hold the Storm (2-15-1 overall, 2-5-0 SWC) to just three shots on-goal compared to 26 shots taken by the Tigers.
The Storm attempted to make up lost ground in the third period, outshooting the Tigers 11-10, but failed to get on the scoreboard.
Moran was able to utilize on a shorthanded defense, scoring an empty-net goal with a little more that 4 minutes left with assists from Taylor Rasmussen and Brent Haukom.
The Tigers host New Ulm on Thursday.
MARSHALL 5, MORRIS/BENSON AREA 0
First Period: Marshall, Alex Buysse (Andrew Bell), 8:21; Marshall, Dylan Criquet-Danielson (Alex Buysse), 16:40. Penalties: Marshall, Derek Rasmussen (hooking), 1:57; M/BA, Kevin Meixel (tripping), 4:27; M/BA, Corey Storck (tripping), 10:08.
Second Period: Marshall, Sebastian Landry (Derek Rasmussen, Blaine Moran), power play, 6:14; Marshall, Dylan Criquet-Danielson(Taylor Ramussen, Derek Rasmussen), 10:53. Penalties: M/BA, Chad Shwarz (cross-checking), 4:42; M/BA, Cole Watzke (boarding, major), 5:44; Marshall, Casper Larsen (slashing), 12:40; Marshall, Casper Larsen (roughing), 15:42; M/BA,Taylor Staples (roughing), 15:42.
Third Period: Marshall, Blaine Moran (Taylor Rasmussen, Brent Haukom), short handed, 12:36. Penalties: Marshall, Nick Fosvick (interference), 8:20; M/BA, Bo Olson (slashing), 8:43; Marshall, Derek Rasmussen (tripping), 11:47.
Shots On-Goal: M/BA 2-1-11-14; Marshall 15-11-10-5.
Power-Play Opportunities: B/MA 0 of 4; Marshall 1 of 5.
Goaltending: M/BA, Tony Bruns (31 saves, 36 shots); Marshall, Mason Campion (14 saves, 14 shots).