The Marshall girls hockey team faced a tough task in the final day of play at the Schwan Cup in Blaine Wednesday, taking on the South Central (Wis.) Freeze.
Through the first two days of the tournament, the Freeze led the six-team Green division in scoring, putting away 16 goals, while allowing just one score.
Wednesday, Marshall managed to cut down South Central's scoring output, but couldn't quite find the offense to pull out the win, falling 4-2.
Still, Marshall head coach Kevin Schroeder came away from the game feeling positive about his team's performance.
"I thought we played fairly well," Schroeder said. "Like usual, we talked about coming out with a lot of energy in the first period and I thought we came out pretty strong and it was back and forth. We had a little letdown in the second and talked about being more competitive in the third and, for the most part, I think we outplayed them in the third."
The Tigers (6-6 overall) finished in fourth place in the Green division with a 1-2 record. South Central and Robbinsdale Cooper each ended play with 3-0 records.
Marshall fell behind 4 minutes, 22 seconds into the game after a goal by South Central's Abby Clements, but the Tigers answered just over a minute later when Miranda Fischer scored on an assist from Bridgette Louwagie and Jessica Blanchard.
Less than a minute later, South Central took back the lead with a goal by Erica Imhoff, then added two more goals in the second period for a 4-1 lead heading into the third.
Louwagie scored for Marshall in the third on an assist from Rachel Peters and Fischer to cut into the South Central lead, but the Tigers couldn't complete the comeback. Schroeder said Marshall had plenty of scoring opportunities in the third, but too many turnovers cost the team.
After a disappointing 5-0 loss to Middleton (Wis.) in the first day of play, Schroeder feels his team can be proud of the way they finished off the tournament in the final two days.
"Overall, I thought it was a good tournament for us," he said. "This was a good eye-opener for us to see some different competition. To finish strong like that, hopefully our momentum will carry over for a big game Tuesday at Luverne."
South Central2 2 0-4
Marshall1 0 1-2
SC-Abby Clements (Kelli Guyse), 4:22 (1)
M-Miranda Fischer (Bridgette Louwagie, Jessica Blanchard), 5:26 (1)
SC-Erica Imhoff (Molly Albert), 6:17 (2)
SC-Imhoff (Jade Clement, Carley Bill), 4:59 (3)
SC-Sarah Jaech (Clement), 14:43 (4)
M-Louwagie (Rachel Peters, Fischer), 16:11 (2)
Shots on goal: SC-29; M-15.
Goaltenders: SC-Taylor Urbanek (13 saves); M-Paige Moravetz (25 saves).