Tiger girls’ hockey team advances past Windom

The Marshall girls’ hockey team kept applying pressure, and eventually the Windom Area Eagles snapped.

After going scoreless in the first period despite putting 17 shots on goal, the Tigers broke through for three goals in the second period of a 3-0 win over Windom Area in the first round of the Section 3A tournament Friday night at Lockwood Motors Ice Arena.

The Tigers had defeated the Eagles twice in the regular season by a combined score of 14-2, but in the first period of Friday’s game they couldn’t seem to break through.

Things changed quickly in the second period, as Miranda Fischer scored an unassisted goal for the Tigers 39 seconds into the period. She scored again four minutes later on a power play, and then defenseman Morgan Larsen added a third goal with just 34 seconds left in the second period.

After a first period where it seemed like they wouldn’t get any breaks, the Tigers’ persistence paid off.

“All three periods I thought we put a lot of pressure on and just had a lot of shots hit the pipe or goalie right at the goalie,” Marshall head coach Kevin Schroeder said. “You’re going to have games like that sometimes, but I have to give a lot of credit to the girls because they kept putting the pressure on and I thought our third period was our strongest period.”

The Tigers (9-14-1 overall) advance to play top-seeded New Ulm Tuesday in New Ulm, while the Eagles end their year with a 1-18-1 record.

Schroeder commended the Eagles for putting up a good fight despite their lack of numbers, but he said they wore down as the game went on.

“As a whole, we knew we had to be aggressive throughout the game,” he said. “Windom’s young, but they’re getting better. I think we just brought more pressure on them than they could handle, and when you put a large amount of shots on them like that, eventually they’ll wear down.”

Marshall finished with 37 shots on goal to Windom’s seven. Sierra Wagner stopped all seven shots she faced in goal for the Tigers.

Marshall has a tough task ahead facing the top seed in the section, but Schroeder isn’t counting his squad out.

“We know if we go in there and skate with confidence, we should be able to hang with them,” he said.