LUVERNE - The Marshall girls hockey team knew its opponent well entering the Section 3A tournament on Tuesday.
The Tigers faced off against Luverne three times during the regular season, and felt good going into the fourth meeting.
"We were pretty confident. We had the 6-4 game the last game at the Schwan Cup," said Marshall head coach Kevin Schroeder. "We felt we could skate with them."
After a solid start, Marshall was tagged with four second-period goals, falling to the Cardinals 6-1.
"Unfortunately one of their big guns had a big night," Schroeder said. "She had about three breakaways on us."
In the first period the Tigers held Luverne to six shots and a goal while firing off eight shots of their own. Heading into the second period, Marshall was looking to continue their success.
"We were containing them. We were doing a good job on the forecheck," said Schroeder. "Everyone that was covering a person was doing well in the neutral zone coverage. We just had to come out, keep our feet moving, continue with the energy and basically do what we did in the first period."
Luverne put 19 shots on net in the second period and four of them made it through to take a 5-0 lead.
"Unfortunately we had a few bounces along the board that got by our defense," Schroeder said. "That led to a few breakaways."
Marshall's Teegan Wyffels scored on a late second period power play with assists from Lizzie Archbold and Hannah Peterson, but the damage had been done and Marshall trailed 5-1 after two periods.
"We played well as a team. We just couldn't find the back of the net," said Schroeder. "We hit a few pipes here and there. We thought the girls played pretty well."
In the third period the Tigers went hard at the net, tallying 12 shots on goal, but weren't able to put any in while the Cardinals added a final goal to make it 6-1.
"We always wanted two people on the puck, putting on a lot of pressure," Schroeder said. "We started putting shots from all over. We had a lot of chances.
"It was unfortunate. The girls worked so hard for it and knew we could skate with the team," said Schroeder. "That's not the way we wanted to end the season, but I think this team has grown and matured a lot. We have a lot to hang our hat on and we have a good group coming back next year."
LUVERNE 6, MARSHALL 1
First Period: 1. Luverne, Makayla Sterrett (Ellen Dahl), 7:34. Penalties: Luverne, Madilyn Oye (Checking), 7:21; Marshall, Sara Antony (hooking), 7:02.
Second Period: 2. Luverne, Sterrett (unassisted), 16:38; 3. Luverne, Dahl (unassisted), 11:48; 4. Luverne, Sterrett (Madisyn Dingmann), 11:27; 5. Luverne, Sterrett (Dingmann) 3:18; 1. Marshall, Teegan Wyffels (Lizzie Archbold, Hannah Peterson), power play, 1:15. Penalties: Luverne, Madison Crabtree (hooking), 2:14.
Third Period: 6. Luverne, Kristen Reisdorfer (Mariah Aukes, Mace Walgrave), 7:13. Penalties: Marshall, Antony (interference), 15:11; Marshall, Peterson (boarding), 14:52; Luverne, Briana Erickson (backchecking), 4:53; Luverne, Erickson (misconduct), 4:53.
Shots On-Goal: Marshall 8-9-12-29; Luverne 6-19-14-39.
Power-Play Opportunities: Marshall 1 of 4; Luverne 0 of 3.