Goalie Spates leads Mitchell girls to 1-0 upset win over Oahe
HURON -- Behind a strong game from its goalie, the Mitchell Marlins girls' varsity hockey team pulled an upset Friday at the state varsity tournament in Huron at Bergman Arena.
The sixth-seeded Marlins got a shutout from goalie Hannah Spates and beat third-seeded Oahe 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the tournament, guaranteeing themselves a top-four finish in the tournament.
Marlins forward/ defenseman Kylie Barington scored the Marlins' only goal, coming with 9 minutes, 14 seconds to go in the third period on an assist from forward Haley Stahl.
"The third-period goal, we came in and crashed the net," Marlins coach Randy Rezac said. "We got a shot off and there was a rebound, their goalie went to her belly and Kylie got the shot over her. It wasn't pretty, but it was a goal."
One goal was all the Marlins needed because Spates was a brick wall in the net, stopping 52 shots on goal. Friday's win was the second shutout of the season for Spates. Her first came Jan. 18 in a 4-0 win over Huron in a game she had 49 saves.
"She had the game of her life and was just fantastic," Rezac said. "This is the most shots she's faced, I believe, this year."
Mitchell (9-10-3) plays Huron -- the second seed -- in the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. today in Huron for a spot in Sunday's championship. For the past two years, Mitchell has been the state runner-up at the girls' varsity tournament.
To get to the semifinals, Huron defeated Rapid City 7-0 in Thursday's first round. The Marlins and Huron have split their three matchups this season.
Behind the Spates shutout, Mitchell defeated Huron 4-0 on Jan. 18 in Huron, lost 5-3 Feb. 3 in Mitchell and the teams tied on Dec. 15 in Huron.