Tigers fall to Breck School 6-1 in state hockey tournament debut

Making their first-ever appearance at the Minnesota Class A boys’ state hockey tournament Wednesday, the Marshall Tigers were defeated by No. 2 seed Breck School 6-1 in a quarterfinal game at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The Mustangs of Breck (25-3-1 overall) outshot the Tigers (14-11-1) 18-3 in the opening period and built a 3-0 lead, scoring on their first two attempts on net within the first four minutes of play.

Marshall got rid of its nerves in the second period and struck for its first state tournament goal when Jeremiah Barker scored three minutes, 13 seconds into the action on a deflection in front of the net just after a power play. It was his first goal of the season. Andrew Bell and Derek Rasmussen were credited with assists.

Breck answered at the 11:35 mark with a goal by Chase Ellingson to push the lead back to three. The Mustangs added two more goals in the third period for the five-goal victory.

After being heavily outshot in the first period, the Tigers held their own over the next two periods as Breck had a 22-14 edge in shots on goal. Breck finished with a 40-17 advantage in shots on goal for the game.

Junior goaltender Mason Campion faced 39 shots and made 34 saves for the Tigers. Breck goalie Henry Johnson stopped 16 of 17 shots by the Tigers.

Breck, which is making its fifth straight state tournament appearance and 10th overall, will continue its quest for a fifth state championship at 11 a.m. Friday when the Mustangs face No. 3 seed Hermantown.

The Tigers drop to the consolation bracket and will play Thursday at Mariucci Arena at the University of Minnesota against Marshall School of Duluth.