In the crease
The Marshall Bantam A hockey team went to New Ulm Saturday afternoon and picked up a 4-3 win over the New Ulm/Sleepy Eye Eagles in a game with district standing implications.
Back in November, the Tigers dropped a 3-0 contest to the Eagles in Marshall, but displayed their improved play and increased physicality in Saturday’s rematch, despite being down a couple of players due to injury.
Blake VanKeulen got Marshall off to a strong start, scoring the only goal of the first period at the six minute, 35 second mark on an assist from Jacob Buysse.
New Ulm/Sleepy Eye struck twice in the second period to take over the lead. But Marshall had an answer before the end of the period as Buysse centered a pass to Sebastian Laundry, who put home the puck to even the score.
The Eagles scored early on in the third period to retake the lead, however, a roughing penalty on New Ulm/Sleepy Eye later in the period set up a power play goal for Marshall as Nick Fosvick scored on an assist from Laundry.
Overtime seemed to be on the horizon, but the Tigers struck with just 12 seconds left in the game as Derrick Timm assisted on the game-winning goal by Matt VanKeulen.
Marshall goalkeeper Sam Kontz made 25 saves for the Tigers in their important win.
“There is a lot riding on the next three weeks. It should be a lot of fun,”?Marshall head coach Ryan Serreyn said. “The boys have a great opportunity to really pick up some points during these last few weeks. The win against New Ulm was huge from a point standpoint and it gives us confidence taking out the third team in the district.”