Dragons mount comeback over Tigers

Marshall allows three unanswered goals in 3-2 loss vs. Pine City

Kendal Beernaert (10) takes the puck behind the net in Marshall's 3-2 loss to Pine City in the Tiger Hockey Thanksgiving Classic Saturday morning

MARSHALL — The Marshall Girls’ Hockey Team started hot but couldn’t carry their momentum through all three periods in their 3-2 home loss to Pine City Saturday morning.

Marshall scored twice early to enter the first intermission with a 2-0 lead. However, the Dragons went on to score three unanswered goals.

“I’m not sure it was as much them and more of us getting in our own head, kind of thinking, ‘well, we kind of dominated in the first period, so we can sit back and not do much in the second or third,” Marshall head coach Cassi Weiss said of the team’s offensive struggles after the first period. “They just obviously pounced and took advantage of us not working very hard.”

Pine City scored the game-winning goal on a power play with about six minutes remaining in regulation. The Dragons took advantage of a power play after Abbey Foley was called for a hooking minor to put them up 3-2 with all momentum in their favor.

Marshall’s two goals came within a span of two minutes.

Mady Girard put Marshall on the board with under five minutes remaining in the period. The Tigers were short-handed after Regan Loft was called for a two-minute minor for body checking. Despite the Pine City power play, however, Girard was able to collect the puck and find space on a fast break to get up close to the goal and give her team a 1-0 lead.

Moments later, Mia Wichmann increased the Marshall lead with a shot from just inside the faceoff circle that found the top left corner of the net. Her goal was assisted by Aubree Metheny and Olivia Penske.

The Tigers held a 21-5 advantage in shots on goal at one point in the second period, but they lost their momentum fast. The Dragons outshot Marshall at nearly a two-to-one clip for the rest of the game.

“They were doing a good job cycling the puck and getting pucks up front using odd-man rushes to get some shots on net,” Weiss said.

Marshall spent eight minutes on the power play but was unable to get any meaningful chances. On the season, Marshall has scored two goals on 16 power play attempts.

“I think working on it in practice will help and kind of having the girls calm down a bit when we’re on the powerplay so we’re not making any rash decisions when we have extra time and space,” Weiss said.

Pine City started their comeback effort six minutes into the second period and tied up the game early in the third period, both on close-range even strength goals.

Kayta Waltz was given a five-minute major for slashing in the second period when, after colliding with an opponent, Waltz took her stick to the Pine City player’s head.

The Marshall Tigers (1-4) will try to right the ship when they go on the road to face Luverne Tuesday at 7 p.m.


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