Tiger girls’ hockey routs Trojans

MARSHALL – In their two previous meetings of the 2012-13 season, the Marshall girls’ hockey team had gotten the best of the Worthington Trojans. The Tigers had outscored the Trojans 17-2 over the first 102 minutes of hockey between the two schools and continued their dominance of their Southwest Conference rival with a 10-1 victory at Lockwood Motors Ice Arena on Tuesday.

Eight second-period goals blew open what was a 1-0 Marshall lead after the first period. Though the Tigers dictated the play in the game’s opening stanza, including outshooting the Trojans 13-2, all Marshall had to show for it was Miranda Fischer’s goal at the 13-minute, 21-second mark.

“We talked about coming out with a lot of energy for this game,” Marshall head coach Kevin Schroeder said. “I thought we did. Obviously the pucks weren’t dropping the way we wanted them to, but we continued to work hard. We were doing the right thing and were moving the puck. That’s what talked about between the first and second period, just keep doing what we were doing and they’d start to drop.”

Fischer, who smashed home Lizzie Archbold’s rebound after Hanna Peterson picked the pocket of a Worthington defenseman to start the scoring, would add two more goals in the second period to complete her hat-trick.

Archbold and Megan Vogl also notched a pair of goals in the second period, as the Tigers crashed the net and took advantage of stray rebounds not corralled by Worthington goaltender Amanda Bristow.

Of the Tigers’ 10 goals in the game, six came on second chance opportunities.

“We’ve got to do a better job of that, and I thought we did a better job of pouncing on (the rebounds),” Schroeder said. “(Bristow) let up some rebounds that were a ways out, but I thought we put a lot of traffic right in front of her and on those rebounds. And that’s the way we should be playing, attacking those rebounds.”

Peterson and Jessica Blanchard had the other goals in the second period for the Tigers. Blanchard poked in a loose puck to give Marshall a 2-0 lead just 21 seconds into the second period, while Peterson scored at the 10:21 mark.

Marshall’s 10th goal, at the 6:33 mark of the third period, was also credited to Peterson with assists going to Archbold and Haley Lorenz.

Archbold, like Peterson, finished the game with four assists and two goals for the Tigers, who maintained their high-energy play from start to finish against the Trojans.

“When the flood gates opened in the second period, I thought the girls did a nice job of maintaining that energy,” Schroeder said. “Knowing you’re up like that, it can be pretty easy to let down.”

The Tigers (6-11 overall, 4-2 Southwest Conference) suffered only a brief let-down, as Betsy Thompson scored for the Trojans with 35 seconds remaining in the second period.

Marshall, which out-shot Worthington 45-10 for the game, travels to New Ulm on Friday for a non-conference game against the Eagles.