PREP BOYS HOCKEY: Marshall shuts out Worthington, 5-0
MARSHALL – The Marshall Tigers boys hockey team capped off the doubleheader showdown with the Worthington Trojans, holding their own and taking care of business on the ice, with the help from the Tigers goalie Dominik Caspers, Marshall shut out the Trojans 5-0.
Going off of the Tigers’ win against the Trojans, Marshall head coach Michael Weiss said that they played well defensively, but offensively the team is just starting to put things together.
“Defensively we played well, we took our own zone and only gave up a few shots,” said Weiss. “Offensively we have a pretty young lineup, they are starting to put things together and play well together. There was a lot of good stretches of a lot of good plays in the offensive zone.”
The first period of the game started off slow for both teams, with a lot of back and forth action. Marshall sought out their opportunity to break off the slow start with the first goal of the night 13 minutes into the period from Bryson White on the assists by Chase VanDeVere and Jackson Bladholm to put the Tigers on the board with the lead, 1-0. A little over a minute went by and Marshall got yet another opportunity to score with a goal from Landon Frost, his first varsity goal, assisted by Mason Plante, extending their lead to 2-0. The Tigers would then hold that lead until the end of the period.
Going into the second period with a small lead, that didn’t stop Marshall from playing aggressively on offense. Seven minutes in, the Tigers saw another goal of the night from Plante, assisted by Bladholm. With Marshall’s strong offense, they kept the puck on their side for most of the time and held the Trojans to zero shots the whole second period. The Tigers played tough the remainder of the period, holding the lead at 3-0 with one period left to play.
The Tigers continued to hold their hold on the ice, moving the puck faster and more efficiently to start out the third period. It didn’t take Marshall long to score, just five minutes into the period Bladholm scored another goal for the Tigers, assisted by Plante. Bladholm’s goal was his first career varsity goal as a freshman. Marshall didn’t hold back after their last goal, it only took four minutes after the last goal for the Tigers to find another opportunity to score. Plante grew the Tigers lead by putting in another goal, 5-0. Plante’s goal was the only unassisted goal of the night. Marshall held it out for the rest of the game, shutting the Trojans out for the Tigers second win of the season, 5-0.
Going forward in the season, senior captain Mason Plante hopes to see improvement with scoring on the team from both the younger team members and the returners.
“We have a lack of varsity experience on the team and we need to work on scoring not just from the older guys but from the younger ones who are new to the team,” said Plante. “Encouraging them both at practice and at games. We have to encourage each other to do the right things and at the same time teaching each other.”
The Tigers will be back in action with an away game, Tuesday against the Luverne Cardinals.
Going into their next game, Weiss is excited to watch them play but wants them to go into the game ready to play.
“We’ve gotta learn that we have to come into every game ready to play and improve on the little things, handling the puck, making passes and getting some traffic in front of the goalie is going to help us improve during games.” said Weiss.