Marshall blanks WHS girls hockey team, 10-0
WORTHINGTON — For the second time in as many battles, Marshall proved itself too much for the Worthington girls hockey team to contain.
This time, a 10-0 setback came to the Trojans on their home ice Tuesday night. It was Marshall’s second win in a row, following a 4-0 shutout against Morris/Benson last week.
The Tigers defeated Worthington 13-0 in Marshall on Nov. 26.
It was a fast start for Marshall and an offensive struggle of their own that seemed to cost the Trojans most.
Marshall opened the game using a quick-strike offense to pressure Worthington into a tizzy, and it worked for the time being. Tigers sophomore Mikenna Radke took just 50 seconds to grab an assist from senior Lizzie Archbold and score through the four-hole. Miranda Fischer, a junior for Marshall, poked another one in — this time unassisted — 18 seconds later to make the first two shots goals.
The Tigers led 5-0 at the first intermission following additional goals by Archbold, junior Teegan Wyffels and junior Jessica Blanchard. Credited for setting up goals in the first frame were freshman Haley Lorenz, Wyffels and freshman Mikayla Campion.
Meanwhile, Worthington pieced together three of their four shots from the first period in the frame’s closing minutes. Trojans junior Betsy Thompson had two of the three chances, one on a slapshot over the net and another on an off-the-mark opportunity that came off of a fast break. WHS junior Allison Kremer had the other.
Marshall tacked on three more scores in the second period and finished off with two more in the final 17 minutes. The Trojans fended off three minor penalties taken in the game.
Worthington now enters a stretch of eight games to close the season, and five of them are at home. It will host Windom Area twice and Luverne and Morris/Benson once as Southwest Conference games to finish. Last Saturday’s hockey doubleheader against Morris/Benson has been postponed until Feb. 1.
All five of Worthington’s home games remaining happen to be section opponents. What that provides is a chance for the Trojans to move up a little bit in the standings of Section 3A, thus potentially improving their playoff seed.
The Trojans remain winless on the season but have improved little-by-little as the season has gone on, even if that hasn’t always reflected itself on the scoreboard.
WHS will try its hands at a game with a short turnaround, hosting Fairmont Thursday night. The Cardinals come into the outing with a 7-7 record.
Marshall 5 3 2 — 10
Worthington 0 0 0 — 0