By David Merrill
MARSHALL - The Marshall boys hockey team saw its seven-game win streak come to an end as New Ulm handed them a suffocating 5-1 loss at home Thursday night.
New Ulm coach Erik Setterholm wanted to focus on keeping the puck deep in Marshall's zone.
"The biggest thing was to get the puck deep and give our forecheck room to work," Setterholm said. "In the same breath, they came at us hard at times too."
The Eagles struck first with a goal from Ryan Busch at 5:11 in the first period. Marshall evened the game on goal from Brent Hakom a couple minutes later only to give the lead back to New Ulm on a goal by Kopacek 15 seconds later.
The Eagles took a 2-1 lead into the second period and added two more in the second via Collin Huffman and Lucas Heiderscheidt.
Marshall had a big opportunity at the start of the third period when a five-minute boaring penalty on the Eagles gave the Tigers a man advantage, but they weren't able to take advantage of it.
The penalty kill is something that Setterholm was pleased with in Thursday's performance.
"I liked our puck movement and our special teams," Setterholm said. "I thought our peanlty kill played really well. We never let Marshall get in any groove as far as their power play."
Despite the five goals, Setterholm would have liked to see even more shots on goal.
He knows that is key when playing a goalie like Campion.
"He can keep them in any game and he has," Setterholm said. "He got them to the state tournament last year. Our biggest thing was to put a lot of pucks on him.
Haukom came away with the lone goal for the Tigers and was assisted by Andrew Bell.
The Eagles' Lucas Heiderscheidt finished the game with two goals and one assists. Huffman came away with two assists on the night for New Ulm.
For Marshall coach Michael Weiss, he felt his team was overmatched at the beginning of the game and weren't able to overcome that.
"New Ulm came out with a little more physicality than were used to and that got us off our game a little bit," Weiss said.
Even with the loss, he felt his team played better than what the score indicated.
"We played better than the scoreboard showed, but that's all people see is the scoreboard," Weiss said. "We have to work on getting some more pucks in the net."
NEW ULM 5, MARSHALL 1
First Period: 1. New Ulm, Busch (Kopacek), 5:11, 2. Marshall,Haukom (Bell), 3:57; 3. New Ulm, Kopacek (Huffman), 2:55 Penalties: 1. Marshall, Bell (Interference), 16:24; 2. Marshall, Rasmussen (Roughing), 13:05; 3. Marshall, Werpy (Tripping), 11:05; 4. Marshall, Barker (Roughing), 8:49; 5. New Ulm, Stark (Roughing), 8:49; 6. New Ulm, Stark (Interference), 4:51; 7. Marshall, Campion (Tripping), 4:19; 8. Marshall, Moran (Tripping), :35.
Second Period: 1. New Ulm, Huffman (Stark), 15:31; 2. New Ulm, Heiderscheidt (Wifhart), 13:13. Penalties: 1. Marshall, Criquet-Danielson (Crosschecking),1:06.
Third Period: 1. New Ulm, Kopacek (Huffman, Heiderscheidt), 2:58. Penalties: 1. New Ulm, Heiderscheidt (Diving on puck), 14:53; 2.Marshall, D. Rasmussen (High Sticking), 7:55; 3. Marshall, D. Rasmussen (High Sticking), 4:58.
Shots On-Goal: New Ulm 26; Marshall 32.
Power-Play Opportunities: New Ulm 0 of 0; Marshall 1 of 1.
Goaltending: New Ulm, Kraus (31 saves, 32 shots); Marshall, Campion (21 saves, 26 shots)