GIRLS HOCKEY: Marshall falls to Willmar after bad 2nd period
MARSHALL – Call it deja v all over again.
The fact is, second periods at the friendly confines of Lockwood Motors Ice Arena have been anything but kind to Marshall Tiger hockey this week.
Just two days after the boys surrendered four goals in the second frame in a loss to Luverne, the girls’ team went through similar frustration, giving up all five goals in the second in a 5-0 loss to Willmar Thursday night.
“All of our games we’ve been coming out strong in the first period,” said Marshall head coach Kevin Schroeder, whose team fell to 3-5-1 on the year. “All of a sudden, we end up with that little slump for five, six minutes in the second. We can’t be doing that. This time of year you have to be ready to play each and every period.”
That few minute slump, just as it hurt the boys’ team Tuesday, turned out to play a huge factor Thursday as well. The scoring was opened in the second by Cardinals’ junior forward Annie Johnston, who scored two minutes, twenty one seconds in. The defensive letdown continued after senior Miranda Roelofs scored consecutive goals, at the 5:52 mark, then again just eight seconds later. Willmar, now 2-6-1, would go onto add two more tallies after Tiger senior goalie Sierra Wagner was pulled in favor of Morgan Merrill.
“It was a matter of effort,” said Cardinals’ head coach JaColby Anderson. “That first period we had a lot of chances on net. Second period we just told the girls keep working hard, keep looking for those first, second and third opportunities. They came, and we finally buried them.”
Ultimately, it was that extra second quarter effort that allowed Willmar to control the puck on the Tiger end, and build the necessary momentum. So what about the other two periods? Well, those have been a different story for Marshall in the past two games, despite dropping consecutive 5-0 decisions.
“After this game we said, the first period and the third period- that’s the Marshall team,” said Schroeder. “At the end of the first period we were feeling really good because we put alot of pressure on the forecheck. (Willmar) had a hard time getting out of the zone. That’s the way this team can play.”
Anderson echoed similar sentiment commending Marshall’s play.
“I thought Marshall kept battling,” he said. “I thought the first and third periods they gave us a game, it was just (the second period) they had a little letdow. I have alot of respect for coach Schroeder. He understands the game very well and teaches them how to play the game right.”
Even though it’s been a tough couple days, Schroeder said in order to turn things around it comes down to resiliency.
“You have to be mentally tough,” he said. “These things happen. You can’t get frustrated, you just have to continue to work hard. We’re a young team, we’re going to learn from here. We have to do things just a little bit better (every game).”
WILLMAR 5, MARSHALL 0
At Lockwood Motors Ice Arena
First Period: None. Penalties: Marshall, Archbold (Tripping),4:05; Marshall, Fischer (Tripping), 8:55.
Second Period: 1. Willmar, Johnston (Schneider), 2:21; 2. Willmar, Roelofs (Derouin), 5:44; 3. Willmar, Roelofs (Miller, Sankey), 5:52; 4. Willmar, Sankey (Erickson), 13:57; 5. Willmar, Oveson (unassisted), 15:21. Penalties: Willmar, Erickson (Tripping), 16:30.
Third Period: None. Penalties: Marshall, Fischer (Elbowing), 12:05.
Shots On-Goal: Willmar 4-5-5-14; Marshall 7-14-8-29.
Power-Play Opportunities: Willmar 0 of 3; Marshall 0 of 1.
Goaltending: Willmar, Wodash (29 shots-29 saves); Marshall, Sierra Wagner (7 shots-4 saves); Morgan Morrill (7 shots- 5 saves).
LUVERNE 5, MARSHALL 0
First Period: 1. Luverne, Oye (unassisted), 7:37; 2. Luverne, Sterrett (Dingmann), 0:35. Penalties: Marshall, Peterson (Tripping), 1:30.
Second Period: 1. Luverne, Serie (Dingmann), 9:57; 2. Luverne, Oye (Dingmann, Dahl), 4:46. Penalties: Luverne, Walgrave (Holding), 15:37; Marshall, Vogl (Body checking), 11:35; Luverne, Crabtree (Interference), 9:14.
Third Period: 1. Luverne, Dingmann (Oye, Sterrett), 9:51. Penalties: Marshall, Wyffels (Cross-checking), 5:59; Luverne, Dingmann (Interference), 14:00.
Shots On-Goal: Luverne 10-9-12-31; Marshall 9-12-8-29.
Power-Play Opportunities: Luverne 2 of 4; Marshall 0 of 3.
Goaltending: Luverne, Kennedy Gonnerman (29 shots-29 saves); Marshall, Sierra Wagner (31 shots-26 saves).