MARSHALL - The Marshall girls' hockey team had trouble getting its offense going on Tuesday night and New Ulm was quick to take advantage.
The Eagles scored three goals in under three minutes as New Ulm blanked the Tigers 7-0.
"The girls were ready to play," said Marshall head coach Kevin Schroeder. "As far as coming out, I thought we came out with a lot of energy."
Photo by Alex Oey
Marshall’s Hanna Peterson (3) tries to win a face-off against New Ulm’s Sam Guggisberg in Tuesday’s girls’ hockey game at Lockwood Motors Ice Arena.
The first goal of the night happened on a defensive fluke, putting the Tigers in an early hole.
"It was one of our defensemen trying to pin it up against our goalie," Schroeder said. "It actually went in. Unfortunately it set the tone for everything else."
Twenty-five seconds later, the Eagles (3-1) scored again, and added a third goal at 2:43.
New Ulm5 1 1-7
Marshall0 0 0-0
NU-Sam Guggisberg (Brittany Denn), 1:00
NU-Erika Ries (Lexi Fischer), 1:25
NU-Brook Schugel (unassisted), 2:43
NU-B. Denn (unassisted), 6:33
NU-Schugel (Vanessa Anderson), 10:26
NU-B. Denn (Anderson), 14:16
NU-Kali Denn (Schugel), 6:20
Shots on Goal: NU-36; M-7
Goaltenders: NU-Julia Schaefer (8 saves); Morgan Morrill (29 saves).
"We know New Ulm is a very good team and we were curious to see how our younger kids would respond to the speed," Schroeder said. "We have a lot of new kids playing defense that have never played before.
"Some of them stepped up and did some good things."
The Tigers (1-1) slowed down the New Ulm attack, but with 6:33 gone in the first, the Eagles found the back of the net for a fourth time and Schroeder quickly called a timeout.
"This team, they talked about it from the beginning of the year, they did not want to be quitters," Schroeder said. "They wanted to work all the way to the end. I said now is a prime time to show it.
"I thought after that they came out and skated with some aggression."
With a new-found determination, the Marshall players held New Ulm to one more goal in the first period, but the Tigers were out-shot 15-to-3 in the period.
"We talked about how we had to pick up the intensity and keep trying," said Marshall's Miranda Fischer.
In the second period Marshall's defense buckled down, holding the Eagles to only one goal, but the offense continued to struggle and managed only three shots on goal.
"We know we have to work a lot harder," Fischer said. "But it's going to be motivation for the next few games."
In the final period, the Tiger defense allowed more shots, but held tough, allowing only one goal for New Ulm.
"The way we finished, if we carry that into our conference games, we'll be just fine," Schroeder said. "We talked about having patience with one another.
"We have kids in new positions and we have to continue getting better every practice and every game."