GIRLS HOCKEY: Penalties hurt Tigers in defeat
MARSHALL – What looked to be a sweet Senior Night for the Marshall Tigers girls hockey team ended on a sour note Tuesday.
After jumping out to a 2-0 lead, the Waseca Bluejays (4-7-1 overall) rallied to beat Marshall 3-2 with the final goal coming in the final 2 minutes.
The Tigers (9-11-1 overall) struggled to keep players on the ice after MHS was responsible for 16 of the game’s 22 total penalty minutes.
“That’s really disheartening for this team because we worked so hard on eliminating silly penalties all year,” Marshall coach Kevin Schroeder said. “Those penalties are really just a lack of focus and getting caught standing around.”
The Tigers struck first in the game with a goal at the 6:47 mark in the first period on an unassisted goal by senior forward Hanna Peterson. It didn’t take long for Marshall to increased its lead in the second period to 2-0 on a goal from junior forward Teegan Wyffels at the 16:16 point.
After that, it was all Bluejays as sophomore forward Maddy Knoll used passes from senior forward Olivia McIntosh and sophomore defenseman Katelyn Miller to cut the score to 2-1 at the 8:20 mark in the second period.
McIntosh continued to show examples of why she is the Waseca captain because she scored the Bluejays final two goals – with 11:40 and 2:15 left in the game.
That gave her two goals to go with an assist.
“I work really well with my linemates,” McIntosh said. “They read me really well and I read them really well. It’s just a matter of knowing where the puck is going to go and where to be for the rebound.”
All of the Waseca goals came on power plays.
Both goals from Peterson and Wyffels were unassisted while the Bluejays’ Miller ended the night with two assists.
The first period belonged to the Tigers, but after that, Waseca came to life.
“This was our first game in 13 days, so we had a lot of rust in that first period,” Waseca coach Kyle Collins said. “We knew it would be a close game with this team just looking at its scorers. All three of our goals came on the power play. We’ve been working on that a lot in practice and it payed off.”
Despite the loss, Schroeder came away impressed with the play of senior goalie Sierra Wagner, who stopped 28 of the 31 shots against her. He also felt that the game proved that they can play with the competition that is going to be part of the Big South Conference next season.
The Bluejays goalie, eighth-grader Danni Dahms, finished the game with 30 saves on 32 shot attempts.
WASECA 3, MARSHALL 2
First Period: 1. Marshall, Peterson (unassisted), 6:47. Penalties: Marshall, Wyffels (elbowing, 2:00); Waseca, Jorgenson (tripping, 2:00).
Second Period: 2. Marshall, Wyffels (unassisted), 16:16 3. Waseca, Knoll 8:20 (McIntosh, Miller). Penalties: Marshall, Campion, (tripping, 2:00) 2. Marshall, Fischer (cross-checking 2:00); Marshall, Mauch (tripping, 2:00); Waseca, Jorgenson (hooking, 2:00).
Third Period: 4. Waseca, McIntosh (Knoll), 11:40; 5. Waseca, McIntosh (Miller), 2:15. Penalties: Marshall, Vogl (body-checking, 2:00); Waseca, Jorgenson (cross-checking, 2:00); Marshall, B. Archbold (interference, 2:00); Marshall, Antony; (body-checking, 2:00); Marshall, Vogl (cross-checking, 2:00).
Shots On-Goal: Waseca 9-9-15-33; Marshall 6-13-11-30.
Power-Play Opportunities: Waseca 3 of 8; Marshall 0 of 3.
Goaltending: Waseca, Dahms (30 saves, 28 shots); Marshall, Wagner (28 saves, 31 shots).