PREP BOYS HOCKEY: Tigers continue offensive burst in win over Bulldogs
MARSHALL – The Marshall boys hockey team continued its high-octane scoring stretch with its third consecutive game with at least five goals, this time with the Tigers taking out Minnesota River 5-1 on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Chase VanDeVere has seen a lot of improvement on the offensive end and working the puck better every game they play and working together as a team is a big asset for them.
“As far as teamwork goes we’re doing a lot more on our offensive zone, working the puck well and we’ve been working the cycle a lot in practice,” said VanDeVere. “Going hard on the fore check is always a good thing for us.”
The first period got off to a slow start for both teams, but the Tigers used their strengths on offense to strike first, getting a goal from Mason Plante on the assist from Kaleb Welvaert and Landon Frost to take a 1-0 lead with 12:36 left to play in the first period. The Tigers didn’t show any signs of slowing down, scoring another goal shortly after this time from Chase VanDeVere on the assist from Tristan VanDeVere which gave the Tigers a promising 2-0 lead with 10:31 left in the period.
On the other side of the ice, the defensive end for the Tigers continued to shine, with Marshall goalie Dominik Caspers shutting Minnesota River down throughout the majority of the period. Caspers would let in the Bulldogs’ only goal of the game with 9:34 left in the first, which cut the deficit to 2-1, but the Tigers continued to keep their lead over the next several minutes. The Tigers got one final opportunity in the first to increased their lead, as a penalty on the Bulldogs gave Marshall a power play. Chase VanDeVere capitalized on the opportunity, scoring on the assist from Welvaert and pushing Marshall’s lead to 3-1 at the end of one.
The second period saw little action on offense for the Tigers, but the Bulldogs would slowly get back into the game by drawing three penalties on Marshall in the period. The Tiger defense continued to stay strong, however, killing all three Minnesota River penalties. When the Tigers came back to full strength, Plante weaved in and found his second goal of the game another assist from Welvaert to give the Tigers an even bigger lead with 6:14 left in the period. After Plante’s goal, Marshall didn’t see any more opportunities to score in the frame but used strong defense to hold off the Bulldogs and take a three-goal lead into the third.
The Tigers came into the final period looking to control the clock and keep the Bulldogs out of the offensive zone. Nearly midway through the period, Marshall extended its lead when Garret Hoff found Plante for his third score of the game to complete the hat trick for the Marshall junior and cap off the scoring for the Tigers.
The Bulldogs outshot Marshall 39-32 on the game. Caspers earned the win in net, making 38 saves.
With the season reaching the midway point, coach Michael Weiss is happy with the way the seniors have played a role on the team and their leadership will go a long way.
“Leadership has been huge with Garret, Noah and Travis they’ve all played big roles,” said Weiss. “Most of them are on the defensive end and have stepped up and filled the roles nicely. When somebody got a penalty, everyone did a good job of stepping up and helping each other out.”
The Tigers will be back on the road on Tuesday traveling to Worthington. The last time the Tigers faced Worthington they won 5-0 and are looking to come out with another win.
Going into their next game, Chase VanDeVere knows there are some things that the team needs to improve on if they want to keep winning.
“We definitely have to improve on our defensive zone, keeping the shots wide, getting them back into the corners and keeping them out of our zone,” said VanDeVere.
Minnesota River 1 0 0 — 1
Marshall 3 1 1 — 5
Marshall: Plante, 4:24 (Welvaert, Frost).
Marshall: C. VanDeVere, 6:29 (T. VanDeVere).
Minnesota River: Wilmes, 7:26 (McCabe, Sowder).
Marshall: T. VanDeVere, 17:00 (power play) (Welvaert, C. VanDeVere).
Minnesota River: Weick, 16:46 (Cross-Check, 2 min).
Marshall: Plante, 10:46 (Welvaert).
Marshall: C. VanDeVere, 0:15 (Cross-Check, 2 min).
Marshall: Whyte, 3:26 (Hooking, 2 min).
Marshall: Holland, 5:52 (Holding, 2 min).
Minnesota River: Wilson, 6:58 (Tripping, 2 min).
Marshall: Plante, 6:10 (Hoff).
Marshall: T. VanDeVere, 3:57 (Tripping, 2 min).
Marshall: Versaevel, 7:16 (Elbowing, 2 min).
Minnesota River: Regner, 9:54 (Delay of Game, 2 min).
Minnesota River: Wilson, 10:50 (Tripping, 2 min).
Marshall: Welvaert, 14:13 (Tripping, 2 min).
SHOTS ON GOAL: Marshall 32, Minnesota River 39.
SAVES: Marshall 38, Minnesota River 27.