PREP GIRLS HOCKEY: Marshall makes it four in a row in victory over Bluejays
MARSHALL – A day after holding off Luverne on the road, the Marshall girls hockey team looked to come back home with a strong performance against Waseca Friday night at the Red Baron Arena and Expo. The Tigers took a four-goal lead into the final period, and were able to withstand a pair of late goals from the Bluejays en route to a 5-3 victory, its fourth in a row.
The Tigers jumped out of the starting gates to kick the scoring off, as Rachel VanKeulen found the back of the net with 3:33 left in the first to make it 1-0 in favor of Marshall. That lead wouldn’t stay at one for long, with Sydney Mauch getting the assist from Logan Sherman a minute later to extend Marshall’s lead to 2-0 after one period of play.
Marshall’s offense wouldn’t be denied from striking quickly and often in the second, as it got a goal from Kaitlyn Timm just 1:26 into the frame off an assist from VanKeulen and Jadyn Briffett to make it 3-0. The high-octane scoring for Marshall continued to be on display, as Sydney Mauch found the back of the net for the second time of the evening to push it to 4-0 with 14:20 left.
Waseca wouldn’t go away despite, however, as the Bluejays got a goal to cut the deficit to three near the midway point of the period. Marshall responded, though, as Olivia Peterson got the puck from Sydney Mauch and Tessa Gannott and fired one past the Bluejays goaltender to make it a four-goal lead again at 5-1 with just under three minutes to go in the second.
The Tigers looked to close the game out in the final period, but Waseca had other ideas. Near the midway point of the frame the Bluejays got a goal to cut it to 5-2 with 11:27 left. Waseca continued to stay aggressive on both sides of the ice and capitalized on it, with the Bluejays scoring a couple of minutes later to cut Marshall’s lead to just a pair of goals at 5-3. Marshall would regain its composure, though, and shut the Bluejays down the rest of the way to earn the two-goal win.
Marshall coach Deanna Suby was pleased with her team’s intensity to start the game and go after what they wanted in all three periods.
“I think the team came out with a lot of intensity. Our main goal was communication and I think that worked really well for all three periods,” Suby said. “The girls knew what they wanted to do and they accomplished it.”
Suby said their key on offense was getting that momentum at the start and play with a high level of intensity.
“I think that they knew from the start that even a goal gives them momentum and that no matter what, they were going to come out with a high level of intensity,” Suby said.
Marshall outshot Waseca 32-18 on the game. Emma Klenken earned the victory in net for the Tigers, stopping 15 shots.
Suby said defensively, they made sure that their communication was increased as well as their awareness and flow throughout the game.
“I think our goal defensively was to have that communication and really know where each other was,” Suby said. “We wanted to make sure throughout the game that we had a good flow as well as knowing that our forecheck was working really well.”
Marshall (12-9) will face Willmar on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. Suby said their biggest takeaway will be continuing its high intensity level of play as well as sticking to their gameplan.
“Going into that one we need high intensity and strength,” Suby said. “We just need to play our game. Our girls know what they need to accomplish and I believe they can do it.”
Waseca 0 1 2 — 3
Marshall 2 3 0 — 5
Marshall: VanKeulen, 3:33 (Schaefer).
Marshall: S. Mauch, 2:33 (Sherman).
Waseca: Brown, 10:46 (Slashing, 2 min).
Marshall: Gannott, 6:29 (Tripping, 2 min).
Marshall: Timm, 15:34 (VanKeulen, Briffett).
Marshall: S. Mauch, 14:20 (Peterson).
Waseca: Sorenson, 8:51 (Armstrong).
Marshall: Peterson, 2:30 (S. Mauch, Gannott).
Marshall: VanKeulen, 15:27 (Hooking, 2 min).
Marshall: Hunsley (Hooking, 2 min).
Waseca: Brown, 11:27 (unassisted).
Waseca: Pederson, 8:26 (Brown).
Marshall: Timm, 3:22 (Hooking, 2 min).
Waseca: Pederson, 3:22 (Cross-Check, 2 min).
SHOTS ON GOAL: Marshall 32, Waseca 18.
SAVES: Marshall 15, Waseca 27.