BOYS HOCKEY: Flyers earn victory over Tigers after taking momentum

MARSHALL – The Marshall boys hockey team struck first and last, but it was the three goals Sioux Falls (S.D.) scored in the middle that made the difference.

The Tigers fell to the Flyers 3-2 in non-conference action on Thursday night in Marshall.

“Every time they come up here its a battle,” said Marshall head coach Michael Weiss. “We expected a good fight tonight.”

Sioux Falls committed four penalties in the first quarter and Marshall took advantage, when Andrew Bell scored a power play goal with assists from Alex Buysse and Brent Haukom at 5:22.

“We had a nice breakout coming up the ice,” Weiss said. “We had some tic-tac-toe passes and Andrew Bell went in on a break and scored.”

Less than 20 seconds later the Flyers evened the score and took the lead near the end of the half, heading into the locker room with a 2-1 lead.

“It’s always a huge confidence boost to get that first one,” said Weiss. “But then they came back and got us back on our heels a bit, set us up for a slower period.”

In the second period Sioux Falls extended its lead to two, outshooting the Tigers 17-to-7 in the period and 42-to-29 overall.

Marshall came back in the third period when Blaine Moran scored an unassisted goal at 1:39, but were unable to even it up.

The Tigers will be in action again on Saturday when they travel to Eagan to face Achiever Academy.

“We know we’re not going to win many games if we don’t play three full periods,” said Weiss. “We’re just getting ourselves prepared so we’re ready to go in the first and keep the pace up for all three periods.”