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PREP GIRLS HOCKEY: Superb seniors

Quick start fuels strong offensive night for Tigers in 9-0 victory over Waseca

Photo by Jake Przytarski Members of the Marshall girls hockey team celebrate after scoring a goal during their game against Waseca on Friday. The Tigers defeated the Bluejays 9-0.

MARSHALL — In honoring seniors Logan Sherman, Lexi Moat and Micayla Jones, the Marshall girls hockey team made sure that their final home game of the regular season would be one for the books by recording their third-straight shutout and lighting the lamp nine times in a 9-0 win over Waseca.

Thrilled with their effort on both ends of the ice, Marshall coach Cassi Weiss came away especially impressed by the strides made by her team on offense and lauded them for their relentlessness in getting pucks to the net.

“Our offensive flow (was key) in just being able to get pucks to the net, getting a lot of shots off and just moving around in an offensive manner and not so defensively,” said Weiss.

Fast start

sets the tone

After finding the back of the net eight times in an 8-4 win over the Bluejays in their previous meeting, the Tigers wasted little time in pressuring Waseca’s goaltender in hopes of finding the same level of offensive production in Friday’s contest.

Just over two minutes into the game, Sherman–who recorded a hat trick in Marshall’s 6-0 win over Windom–broke through with her first of two goals in the period. Sandwiched between Sherman’s two tallies was the first of four goals for Leah Schaefer, who Weiss praised for a strong showing in the big win for the Tigers.

“Leah did awesome,” said Weiss. “She does a great job of just powering through those players and getting the puck off her stick. Whether it be hard or not, as long as it gets in the back of the net, that’s all that matters.”

The three-goal frame set the tone for what would end up being the Tigers’ highest goal-scoring output of the season with the team adding six additional goals in the final two periods. Emmy Barker and Kaitlyn Timm (2) picked up Marshall’s sixth, seventh and ninth markers in the goal-scoring frenzy.

A proper send-off

Following the team’s big win, Marshall’s three seniors were honored for their outstanding careers in a Tigers uniform. A video showcasing the countless memories the group has created during their time with the program was shown on the big screen with all of the players gathered at center ice to watch.

Coach Weiss couldn’t help but take time to reflect on the impact the group has had on the program through their leadership.

“Watching that video just brings back so many memories from when they were young and what they did,” said Weiss. “They just lead by example, which is something that can be hard to come by. They’ve just really helped us create a culture in a kind of unstable last couple of years. They’ve really helped us create a culture that was hard to sustain when we were going through some coaching changes. I just really appreciate them seeing my vision of what our culture should be and just helping me and all of the coaches the last couple of years just maintain that culture.”

170 consecutive minutes of shutout hockey

Dating back to the third period of their meeting with New Ulm on Jan. 9, the Tigers have yet to surrender a single goal in 170 minutes worth of ice time. Over that span, Tiger netminders Emma Klenken and Moat have backstopped the team to 10-straight shutout periods and a total of three shutout wins.

In addition to the stellar play in net by the team’s two goaltenders, Weiss identified crisp passing by their defensemen as the key to their defensive success.

“I think our defense and our breakout has just been so clean lately and our goaltending has just been really on point,” said Weiss. “Even in a slow game, they’re always ready for the puck to hit them. From a goalie standpoint, that can be really hard to mentally stay in a game when you aren’t seeing very many shots. So, I think just having a clean breakout and goalies that are ready to make the save (has been key).”

Moat turned aside all 18 shots she faced in Marshall’s 9-0 win over Waseca on Friday. The shutout victory comes days after she stopped all 14 shots in another shutout win over Windom. Klenken, whose last start came on Jan. 16 against Fairmont, stopped 25 shots in the team’s 3-0 win over the Cardinals.

The two have combined to stop 67 straight shots dating back to the third period of Marshall’s matchup against New Ulm.

Next up

The Tigers (12-9-1) will travel to Le Sueur to take on Minnesota River on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Waseca 0 0 0 — 0

Marshall 3 5 1 — 9

First Period

SCORING

Marshall: Sherman, 2:04 (Timm)

Marshall: Schaefer, 5:07

Marshall: Sherman, 5:46 (Timm)

PENALTIES

Marshall: Sherman, 2:46 (Interference, 2 minutes)

Waseca: Holtz, 0:06 (Tripping, 2 minutes)

Second Period

SCORING

Marshall: Schaefer, 3:31 (Timm, Sherman)

Marshall: Schaefer, 5:50

Marshall: Barker, 10:31

Marshall: Timm, 15:11 (Ormberg)

Marshall: Schaefer, 16:53

PENALTIES

Waseca: Johnson, Time (Tripping, 2 minutes)

Marshall: Barker, Time (Cross check, 2 minutes)

Waseca: Benson, 13:39 (Cross check, 2 minutes)

Waseca: Breck, 11:46 (Check, 2 minutes)

Waseca: Benson, 9:22 (Slashing, 2 minutes)

Third Period

SCORING

Marshall: Timm, 10:00 (Ormberg)

PENALTIES

Waseca: Norton, 11:54 (Interference, 2 minutes)

Waseca: Holtz, 8:13 (Tripping, 2 minutes)

Waseca: Johnson, 4:00 (Roughing, 2 minutes)

Waseca: Malecha, 2:50 (Tripping, 2 minutes)

SHOTS ON GOAL: Marshall 34, Waseca 18

SAVES: Marshall (Moat) 18, Waseca 25

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