Playing its fourth straight game on the road, the Marshall girls' hockey team came out sluggish on Saturday and suffered its largest defeat of the season. The Willmar Cardinals outshot the Tigers 45-13 on their way to a 9-0 victory at Willmar Civic Center.
Shelby Schneider and Riley Schneider each scored two goals for Willmar in the victory, while Annie Johnston tallied four assists.
The Tigers were ousthot 10-3 in the first period and 20-5 in the second period.
"We came out very flat and just really didn't have a whole lot of energy as a team," Marshall head coach Kevin Schroeder said. "We didn't really get anything going until the third period, to be honest. It was a combination of them being a really good team, which we knew they were, and just coming out flat."
Sierra Wagner played in net for the Tigers and stopped 36 of 45 shots she face. Willmar's Johnika Wodash got the shutout, making 13 saves.
The loss was the Tigers' sixth straight and dropped their record to 3-7 overall. Willmar snapped a three-game losing streak with its win and moved to 6-5 on the season.
Marshall0 0 0-0
Willmar2 3 4-9
W-Riley Schneider (Amelia Amon, Annie Johnston), 1:05
W-Lauren Sing (Samantha Block, Brooke Mayer), 6:25
W-Shelby Schneider (Mayer, Amon), 3:17
W-Alex Sobieck (Kierra Miller), 10:33
W-Miranda Roelofs (Brittney Serbus, Johnston), 11:52
W-S. Schneider (Mayer, Miller), 2:07
W-Block (Roelofs, Johnston), 3:40 (PP)
W-Liz Gorans (Carly Derouin, Miller), 8:36
W-R. Schneider (Johnston, Roelofs), 12:58
Shots On Goal: M-13; W-45.
Goaltenders: M-Sierra Wagner (36 saves); W-Johnika Wodash (13 saves).
In addition to playing most of their games on the road during their losing streak, the Tigers have also been playing some tough teams. Schroeder said his players have been staying positive through the losses, knowing that the difficult schedule will make them a better team.
"We're a young team and you hope that you learn things from each one of the losses and improve on it the next time," Schroeder said. "Everybody just has to be patient with one another. I don't think anyone is getting down on one another. Sure, it's nice to win, but when you're playing the Mankatos and Willmars and Long Prairies, they are some good, physical teams and we just hope we learn things from playing that caliber of team."
The Tigers will continue their tough road stretch Friday with a game against unbeaten Luverne in Luverne. The Cardinals defeated Marshall 6-3 when the two teams met Dec. 4 in Marshall.
Schroeder said the TIgers are looking to use the game against their Southwest Conference rival as a springboard for the rest of the season.
"The girls are looking forward to having a full week of practice," Schroeder said. "It's been tough having three games a week and I think we're all looking forward to getting some good conditioning in and getting down to some of the basics again. Hopefully we'll come out strong against Luverne on Friday and take some good momentum into the holiday tournament."