MARSHALL - A lot of hard work and nothing to show for it. That was the sort of day it was for the Marshall girls' hockey team on Saturday.
Taking on St. Peter/LeSueur-Henderson at Lockwood Motors Ice Arena, the Tigers had total control of play in the first period and outshot the Bulldogs 16-5, but went into the first intermission down 2-0. By the end of the game, Marshall had a 32-13 advantage in shots on goal, yet the Tigers ended up losing 6-1.
Marshall was hoping to come out of Saturday's game with some good momentum heading into Tuesday's home showdown with Luverne, last year's Southwest Conference champs, and with the effort the Tigers put forth, they very well could have. But in the end they were looking up at a five-goal loss on the scoreboard, and it was tough to swallow.
Photo by Matt Dahlseid
Marshall junior forward Megan Vogl, right, wins a face-off against St. Peter/LeSueur-Henderson’s Taylor Witte during the first period of Saturday’s game played at Lockwood Motors Ice Arena. Vogl scored Marshall’s lone goal in a 6-1 loss.
"There was a lot of frustration as a team," Marshall head coach Kevin Schroeder said. "We knew it was going to be a tight game and that we had to be aggressive and take a lot of shots, and we obviously did that. We came out really strong, I thought, but unfortunately it was one of those games where the puck wasn't dropping for us."
The Tigers kept the puck in in the Bulldogs' zone most of the first period and put a lot of pressure on the St. Peter/L-H defense. The Bulldogs had few opportunities to get on the attack, but when they did, they capitalized. Six minutes, 47 seconds into the period, defenseman Alison Plieseis punched in a goal against Marshall goalie Sierra Wagner on an assist from another defenseman, Chloe Bachman. With less than three minutes left in the period, Bachman scored on an assist from Plieseis.
Down 2-0, the Tigers still felt positive they could turn things around after how they dominated play.
St. Peter/L-H2 2 2-6
Marshall0 1 0-1
SP-Alison Plieseis (Chloe Bachman), 6:47
SP-Bachman (Plieseis), 14:23
M-Megan Vogl (unassisted), 3:40
SP-Briana Williams (Maddie Kleschult), 15:14
SP-Plieseis (Chelsea Kaelberer), 16:44
SP-Kaelberer (Bailey Wilmes), 15:41
SP-Plieseis (Bachman), 15:55
Shots on Goal: SP 13; M 32.
Goaltenders: SP-Veronica Sinell (31 saves); M-Sierra Wagner (3 saves), Morgan Morrill 5 saves.
"We went into the locker room and the players were happy," Schroeder said. "Yeah, you're down 2-0, but you hit a couple of posts and had some that were just wide, a couple that were just spinning on the goal line. So our mentality going into the second period was to go back out and do what we did in the first, carry the same momentum and keep taking shots. We just have a few that bounced the wrong way for us, but that's just part of the game."
Marshall forward Megan Vogl got Marshall off to a good start in the second period with a goal less than four minutes in. But the Bulldogs scored two goals in the final two minutes, the first by Briana Williams and the second by Plieseis, and were up 4-1 heading into the third. Both goals came as the puck floated in the crease and was poked in past Morgan Morrill, who came in for Wagner to start the second.
"They did a good job of putting a lot of traffic in front of our goalie and that's a thing we practice on," Schroeder said. "We just have to do a better job of clearing out and trying to control all that stuff that's in front. But I thought our goalies did a good job. They can only do so much. I just hope we can learn from this."
After putting five shots on goal in the second period, the Tigers amped up the pressure with 11 shots in the third, but were unable to break through for a goal. The Bulldogs got off five shots, scoring twice in the final 1:20 of the game. Plieseis scored the final goal, giving her a hat trick for the game as her team improved to 2-6 on the season.