Playing their fourth game in seven days, a fatigued Marshall Tigers girls hockey team suffered their fourth consecutive defeat in a 4-0 loss to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek on Saturday in Long Prairie.
"We just couldn't put anything together offensively," Marshall head coach Kevin Schroeder said. "I thought we started the game off aggressively. I thought we had good forecheck pressure. We had some opportunities there in the first period, but we just weren't able to capitalize on them."
Rather it was the Blue Devils that took advantage of opportunities in the first period, as senior captain Katelyn Peters scored a pair of goals in the opening session with an assist going to Katelyn Barthel on each goal.
Barthel would pick up another assist, on Samantha Killian's goal four minutes into the third period to give the Blue Devils a 4-0 lead. The Blue Devils also scored once in the second period when Halley Maas buried a pass from Brooke Umland at almost exactly the midway point of the game.
The Tigers were facing their second long road trip in the last three days, after a 5-3 road loss to Fairmont on Thursday.
"That's kind of what we were concerned about getting off the bus," Schroeder said. "You always worry about that with a two hour, 45 minute trip. But I thought we came out and were really aggressive in the first period, it's just that they kind of outworked us and outmuscled us along the boards. It took us awhile to get adjusted to it, but that last period and a half was more the style that we should be playing.
LPGE/WDC2 1 1-4
Marshall0 0 0-0
L-Katelyn Peters (Katelyn Barthel), :34
L-Peters (Barthel), 6:29
L-Halley Maas (Brooke Umland), 8:34
L-Samantha Killian (Barthel), 4:00
Shots on goal: L-27; M-17.
Goaltenders: L-Hannah Wedde (17 saves); M-Seirra Wagner (23 saves).
In goal for the Tigers in place of the injured Morgan Morrill, Seirra Wagner made 23 saves for Marshall, including 17 in the first two periods.
The Tigers (3-5 overall) play their next three games on the road, including a trip to Mankato on Tuesday for a non-conference game with the Mankato West Scarlets.