MARSHALL - Though it wasn't the start they wanted, it sure was a hot finish.
The second-seeded Marshall boys hockey team scored four goals in the third period on its way to an 8-0 win over Fairmont in the first round of the Section 3A tournament.
"We wanted to start a lot faster than we did," said Marshall head coach Kori Pearson. "But I think that it was sticking with the game plan and eventually wearing them down where we would finish them."
Photo by Alex Oey
Members of the Marshall boys’ hockey team celebrate in the corner after a goal by Corey Clark in the second period of Thursday’s Section 3A quarterfinal game against Fairmont at the Lyon County Ice Arena. The No. 2-seeded Tigers won 8-0, and will take on Luverne on Saturday at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.
The Tigers (16-7-1) had beaten the Cardinals (5-18) 8-3 in Fairmont earlier in the season, but they weren't looking past them.
"Beating them 8-3 in Fairmont, we knew they would come work hard," Pearson said.
"We liked this draw," added Fairmont head coach Bryan Wilken. "We felt like we could come up here, maybe make a run and get a win out of the deal."
|Fairmont||0 0 0 — 0|
|Marshall||1 3 4 — 8|
|M-Matt Campion (Quinn Horvath), 7:41|
|M-Leo Zerr (Andrew Buysse), 9:56|
|M-Corey Clark (unassisted), 11:31|
|M-Corey Clark (Max Deutz), 15:55|
|M-Horvath (Campion, Brent Haukom), 8:51|
|M-Nolan Schaeffer (Kiley Maki), 11:02|
|M-Hunter Kontz (Buysse), 14:30|
|M-Adam McVey (Haukom), 16:48|
|Shots on Goals: F-12, M-43|
|Goaltenders: F-Cody Harder (35 saves); M-Mason Campion (12 saves).|
Marshall struck first when Matt Campion broke through with a goal at 7:51 in the first thanks to an assist from Quinn Horvath. Though the Tigers would control the puck for much of the period, they weren't able to add to the score.
"We had a lot of posession time in their zone. We didn't give up a whole lot," Pearson said. "We did what we wanted that way, but it's like what Coach Mellenthin said after the first, we have to have results.
"It's great that we can keep the puck and control it, move it around, but if we are not getting anything out of it, it doesn't matter anyways."
In the second period, it was more of the same until Leo Zerr took a pass from Andrew Buysse and put it in the net at 9:56.
Not to be outdone, Corey Clark scored the next two goals - a short-handed goal and a power play goal - in less than five minutes to give Marshall a 4-0 lead.
"I won a faceoff and picked it up. I was going to dump it right away but I didn't," Clark said. "I took it down the ice, deked around the guy, shot it top shelf and scored."
"I think (the next goal) was a three-on-two. Max (Deutz) tossed it off the boards, picked it up again and went for the shot. The rebound came out and I burried it."
With a four-goal advantage going into the break, Marshall had a commanding lead.
"Corey Clark really sparked us. The short-handed goal that put us up 3-0 really got us going," Pearson said. " He just had a big game for us. We just needed someone to step up and he did."
In the third period, the Tigers defense locked down and didn't allow a shot on goal for the Cardinals, who had 12 total shots.
"I have my brother, Matt, he helps me out a lot," said Marshall goalie Mason Campion. "There are other good kids, Andrew Buysse and Nolan Schaeffer, they were helping out in front of the net, getting screens away and getting the puck away."
While the defense closed up, the offense continued to pour it on.
Quinn Horvath scored at the 8:51 mark with assists from Matt Campion and Brent Haukom. Less than three minutes later, Nolan Schaeffer found the back of the net to make it 6-0.
Hunter Kontz and Adam McVey rounded out the scoring for Marshall, scoring at 14:30 and 16:48, respectively.
"Once we got going, I think we had a deeper bench where we could use more guys and keep the pressure on them," Pearson said. "I thought we did a good job in the third, we didn't give anything up in our zone, no pressure really. The guys got a little hungry around the net and buried chances when they got them."
Marshall will face Luverene, the three seed, at Gustavus Adolphus College on Saturday.
"Defensively, I think we may be able to tighten up a little better than they are, but it's going to come down to who's better," Pearson said. "Their offense, our defense, we are two very even teams and it's going to come down to who makes fewer mistakes."