Despite receiving a 55-save effort from goaltender Seirra Wagner, the Marshall Tiger girls' hockey team came up on the losing end against the Mankato West Scarlet Tuesday night in Mankato when Callie Looft scored a game-winning goal with 17 seconds remaining in overtime.
Wagner made 23 of her 55 saves in the third period, where the Tigers saw a 2-0 lead evaporate over the final 5 1/2 minutes.
"She didn't really get tired at the end, she did a nice job," Marshall head coach Kevin Schroeder said of his junior netminder. "The whole team did. We came out and skated hard. We put a lot of pressure on them, even though they were out-shooting us. We've been on the other side before, so we just had to keep on working. When we were up 1-0, those girls were feeling pretty comfortable and I thought we put on a lot of nice pressure.
"(Mankato West) had one really outstanding player and we put some good pressure on her. She got a few shots, but at the end she scored on us. As far as the end of the third period goes, we had our share of penalties. But the team did a good job of killing off penalties for most of the game."
Bre Black scored the Scarlets' first goal of the game 11 minutes, 21 seconds into the final period of regulation, then assisted on Courtney Bloemke's game tying power play goal at 13:51 of the period.
Marshall's Megan Vogl had scored at 6:18 of period three to give the Tigers a 2-0 advantage, while Lizzie Archbold got the game's opening goal at 13:48 of the first period.
Marshall1 0 1 0-2
Mankato West0 0 2 1-3
M-Lizzie Archbold, 13:48
M-Megan Vogl, 6:18
MW-Bre Black (Justine Scheller), 11:21
MW-Courtney Bloemke (Scheller, Black) PP, 13:51
MW-Callie Looft (Black), 4:43
Shots on goal: M-22; MW-58.
Goaltenders: M-Seirra Wagner (55 saves); MW-Maddie Zellmer (20 saves).
The Tigers had 14 minutes in penalties, but managed to kill of six of their seven infractions.
Overall, Schroeder was pleased with the effort shown by his team, which has now lost five games in a row.
"As far as effort and hard work goes, we were happy with the team's effort, but those are the games we want to play," Schroeder said.
"It should give them a lot of confidence. I told them after the game, 'You guys proved that you can skate with a team like that.' Hopefully an experience like that will pay off, because we've had a tough stretch of games here the last few weeks."
The Tigers (3-6 overall) are back on the road on Saturday, when they travel to Willmar for a non-conference game with the Cardinals.