PREP GIRLS HOCKEY: Tigers take down Eagles

Photo by Sam Thiel Marshall forward Leoni Geifes controls the puck in the corner during the Tigers’ game against Windom on Tuesday.

MARSHALL –  The Marshall girls hockey team bounced back from a 1-0 deficit in explosive fashion, scoring four goals in the second period en route to a 5-2 victory over the Windom Eagles Tuesday night.

Both teams struggled to find the back of the net to start as the game remained scoreless throughout the majority of the period. Windom struck first, however, sneaking a shot past Tigers goalkeeper Emma Klenken to give the Eagles an early 1-0 lead after the end of the first period.

Marshall got back into the game in grand fashion in the second period as the Tigers scored a total of four goals. Jordyn Briffett got things going with a goal just 1:25 into the period to knot it at 1-1 before the sister duo of Courtney and Syndey Mauch combining for the next three goals.

Sydney Mauch gave Marshall a 2-1 lead with a little over 13 minutes left in the period while Courtney scored the next two goals for the Tigers a couple minutes apart from each other.

The Tigers added one final goal from Tessa Coudron to make it 5-1 before the Eagles answered with another goal to bring it to the 5-2 final.

Marshall coach Kevin Schroeder said he was pleased with his team’s ability to bounce back between the first and second period.

“In the first period I felt like we were just throwing it at the net instead of getting a good quality shot,” said Schroeder. “We talked about coming out more focused and even more aggressive than in the first period. I thought we did a nice job in the second period getting a lot of shots on net and that’s what we focused on.”

Courtney Mauch added their key offensively was communication as well as controlling the puck.

“After that first period we went into the locker room and talked about controlling the puck,” said Courtney Mauch. “We came out and talked better, started getting rebounds and things were working well for us.”

The Tigers finished with 51 shots on goal while the Eagles placed 16 on net. Emma Klenken earned the victory in front of the net for Marshall, tallying 14 saves.

Klenken said she was happy to have some help from her defense throughout the game.

“I think the defense really helped me in staying confident and not being afraid of the shot,” said Klenken.

Courtney Mauch added their defensive effort was better throughout the game than it has been the last few games.

“I thought the breakouts were getting better and our goalie Emma did really well,” said Courtney Mauch. “I know we can do better and just have watch the online rushes.”

Schroeder said their biggest takeaway is improving on the lack of intensity and energy in the first period.

“We didn’t think we came out the way we wanted to and so in the second period for us to actually make that adjustment and bring that intensity for the rest of the game was good to see,” said Schroeder.

Marshall (6-4) will face Waseca on Saturday.

Windom    1 0 1 – 2

Marshall    0 4 1 – 5

First Period

SCORING: Windom – Volk 11:31 (assist from Willard)

No penalties

Second Period

SCORING: Marshall – Briffett 1:25 (assist from VanKeulen); S. Mauch 3:50 (assist from Peterson); C. Mauch 5:58 (unassisted); C. Mauch 7:45 (assist from Geifes, Campion).

Penalties: Windom –  Higley-Purrington (2 min), hooking; Willard 9:45 (2 min), roughing.

Third Period

SCORING: Marshall – Coudron 6:44 (assist from Briffett, VanKeulen); Windom – Volk 6:23 (unassisted).

Penalties: Windom – Bang 1:25 (2 min), tripping. Marshall – Campion 3:07 (2 min), hooking.