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Girls hockey: Inconsistency hurts Trojans in 3-1 loss

Worthington girls hockey player Madisyn Shreiner (23) breaks with the puck, pursued by Marshall's Logan Sherman (12) Tuesday night. (Tim Middagh / The Globe)

BY AARON HAGEN

The Globe

WORTHINGTON -- For the Worthington girls hockey team, trying to stay consistent throughout the entire game has been a challenge.

On Tuesday, the Trojans had the upper hand at times, but Marshall took advantage of some opportunities in a 3-1 victory.

“Our consistency of play, we don’t have it for the whole game,” WHS head coach Chad Nickel said. “It’s up and down. It’s like hills, it’s up and down. We haven’t yet channeled in to keep a steady play.”

WHS started well against the Tigers, but a late first-period goal gave MHS the lead. With four minutes, 14 seconds remaining, Sydney Mauch scored with Olivia Peterson on the assist.

“I would honestly say the first period, three fourths of it, we probably were in the offensive zone over half the time,” Nickel said. “We controlled the first period. The second period is definitely our struggle point. We have a hard time showing up at the beginning of the second period. I’ve told the girls over and over, the second period is our nemesis this year. We struggle coming out into the second period.”

That was also true on Tuesday. Just 31 seconds into the second period, Mauch scored again -- with Peterson on the assist -- as the Tigers led 2-0. A few minutes later, the Tigers went up 3-0 as Jadyn Briffett scored as Kaitlyn Timm and KC Boerboom assisted.

Early in the third, WHS answered.

With just over two minutes gone in the period, Ashton Fogelman took a shot at the Marshall net. The Tiger goalie made the save, but Hannah Barrie put back the rebound as the Trojans were on the board.

“The third period, they came out and we controlled,” Nickel said. “We owned the third period. We were on the attack and they were on the defense for the third period. They got the opportunity to get that goal in, that was huge. That definitely changed the third period. We had a lot of opportunities, but our opportunities didn’t go our way.”

Worthington had seven shots on goal in the third, but could only get the one to find the back of the net. The Trojans had 16 shots in the game, while WHS goalie Kaylee Bents stopped 22 Marshall attempts.

Worthington hosts Fairmont on Thursday. The two teams have split in two meetings so far this year.

Marshall 1 2 0 -- 3Worthington 0 0 1 -- 1