PREP GIRLS HOCKEY: Tigers shut out Cardinals

Photo by Emily Daniels Marshall’s Kaitlyn Timm controls the puck during their game against Luverne on Tuesday. The Tigers defeated the Cardinals 3-0.

MARSHALL – Tough defense and strong breakouts on offense were the difference maker on Tuesday for the Marshall girls hockey team as they shut out the Luverne Cardinals, 3-0. The Tigers had 28 shots on goal and 11 saves.

Going off the win, senior captain Courtney Mauch saw a lot of positive things on the Tigers offense that brought them to the win against Luverne.

“Our breakouts were really strong tonight, we were looking for the passes and we were communicating well,” said Mauch. “I think our forechecks worked a lot better tonight than in previous games. I know we can capitalize on it better but as far as tonight goes, it worked really well for us.”

The first period started off to a slow start, as the Tigers didn’t find their groove on offense until there was 5:38 left on the clock, with an unassisted goal from sophomore Logan Sherman, putting the Tigers up 1-0. With little action from both teams the rest of the period, Marshall continued to play tough defense, holding Luverne scoreless at the end of the first period.

Both teams goalies stayed busy in the second period, with the Tigers offense staying strong, as they took five shots on goal but couldn’t put one in to extend their lead. Marshall saw their first penalty of the night from Olivia Macchio, a two minute penalty for holding. The Tigers looked for many more opportunities to score but couldn’t find what they were looking for. Holding the Cardinals to nothing as they ended the second period with the lead, 1-0.

It didn’t take the Tigers long to get the third period started, as Emelia Barker put in another one just 30 seconds into the frame, this time on the assist from Sydney Mauch, extending Marshall’s lead to 2-0 with 16:34 left to play. With the Tigers holding the lead, that didn’t stop them from creating scoring opportunities on offense.

Marshall’s defensive efforts mirrored their offense, playing the Cardinals with aggressive skating. For the remainder of the period, the Tigers and Luverne played back and forth on the ice until Marshall’s offense came alive with only 19 seconds left on the clock. Courtney Mauch found her time to shine to put one more on the board for Marshall on an empty netter, putting the finishing touches on the shutout victory.

As the Tigers go on into their future games, the senior Mauch wants to see the team improve on their rebounds and continue to get better at breakouts as they move forward in the season.

“We’re looking to improve on our rebounds and making sure that we crash on them more. We also want to work on our breakouts, even though we did really well on them tonight, we want to make sure we work on them even more,” said Courtney Mauch. “Our win gave us some confidence, knowing that we have a big game on Thursday we want to be more aggressive out there and play better than we did tonight.”

The Tigers will be back in action on Thursday at New Ulm.

With the win, Marshall’s head coach Deanna Suby wants the girls to take away their confidence from this game and use it going forward into future games.

“Confidence, they proved from practice yesterday to game time today that they were strong and ready to go and put up a good battle against Luverne,” said Suby. “They’ve been working so hard in practice and you could really tell.”