GIRLS HOCKEY: Peterson lifts Marshall to OT win vs. Fairmont

BLAINE – Hanna Peterson completed a hat trick with a game-winning goal in overtime as Marshall rallied to defeat Fairmont 4-3 in the consolation semifinals at The Schawn Cup on Tuesday at the Schwan Super Rink.

“Hanna pulled the puck out of the corner, skated toward the net and buried a low shot on (Cardinals goaltender Sadie Sandersfeld),” MHS head coach Kevin Schroeder said. “At first, we were not sure if she had scored. There was a lot of traffic in front of the net and it was hard to see.”

The Tigers (5-8-1 overall) overcame a 3-0 deficit by scoring the final four tallies of the game.

Peterson produced the first MHS goal, which was unassisted, at the 5:13 mark of the second period. That sparked the Tigers, who scored two more times during the next 3 minutes.

With 3:24 left in the period, Peterson struck again for a goal off a pass from Teegan Wyffles. Then, 24 seconds later, Marshall’s Sara Antony tied the game with goal that was assisted by Miranda Fischer.

After a scoreless third period, the Tigers and Cardinals went to overtime, where Wyffles sent a pass to Peterson, who handed MHS the victory with a goal 6:31 into the extra session.

“Our girls wanted to prove something to themselves,” Schroeder said. “The last few times we have played Fairmont, we had the lead and they came back to beat us. After being down by three goals, our girls became determined to make a comeback and we started to hold the puck deep in Fairmont’s zone.”

MHS won the battle of shots on-goal 42-30.

Fairmont led 2-0 after 17 minutes on goals from Taylor Nuss and Myah Lytle. The Cardinals took a three-goal lead on a tally from Tieryn Arens with 6:06 left in the second period.

Neither team converted on its power play. Marshall went 0 of 2, while Fairmont was 0 of 1.

Tigers goaltender Morgan Merrill stopped 27 of 30 shots in the victory. Sandersfeld made 38 saves on 42 shots.

“After losing a close 3-2 game in overtime (to Eveleth-Gilbert on Monday), this was an exciting way to rebound from that,” Schroeder said. “A win like this could give us a lot of momentum moving forward.”

Marshall plays Luverne (13-3-0) for fifth place at 2 p.m. today in Blaine.