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Marlin boys fall 3-2 in OT

Mitchell Marlin goalie Tate Sutherland makes a blocker save late in the third period against Aberdeen Saturday at the Mitchell Activities Center. The Marlins lost 3-2 in overtime. (Nick McCutcheon/Republic)

Penalties and missed opportunities led to the second consecutive overtime loss for the Mitchell Marlins.

The Marlins (2-5) failed to hold a one goal lead in the third period and fell in extra time to the Aberdeen Cougars 3-2 Saturday at the Mitchell Activities Center.

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“From start to finish, we need to be a little more detailed oriented,” Marlins coach John Lord said about what his team needs to do to be able to win close games.

The game winner came from Aberdeen’s Bailey Roberts 1:23 into the overtime period on a power play.

The game was tightly contested throughout with both goalies making key saves to get the game into overtime. Mitchell’s Tate Sutherland stopped 21 of the 24 shots he faced in net including several in the third period to keep the Marlins in it.

“Tate played a good game and stepped up with some real big saves,” Lord said.

The Cougars opened the scoring in the first period with a goal when Cameron Huff found Cody Mardian 12 minutes in.

After going into the first intermission down, but outplaying the Cougars, the Marlins controlled the play in the second. The home team evened the score up when Jacob Thill scored on an even strength wrist shot from the slot.

The Marlins took their first lead of the game when Jacob Cersosimo found some open ice short handed and beat Aberdeen netminder Nick Dalchow with less than a minute left in the middle period. Alex Murtha had the lone assist on the go-ahead goal.

Penalties haunted the Marlins in the third. Huff tied the score for Aberdeen on the power play, with Jacob Milbrandt and Ryan Bower assisting.

With time winding down in regulation, Mitchell’s Thill took an elbowing minor and a 10-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty with 28 seconds to go.

“There was a little bit of tiredness in the third period and we were out of position on some plays,” Thill said about the Marlins’ third period.

The Marlins escaped regulation on the penalty kill, but Aberdeen took advantage of the extra man early in overtime with Roberts’ game winner.

The teams were even with 24 shots on goal apiece, while Mitchell had seven penalties to three from Aberdeen.

“There were times in this game when we completely dominated offensively, but just couldn’t put the puck away,” Lord said.

Palchow made 22 saves for Aberdeen in the win.

The Marlins return to action against Sioux Falls first team Friday at the MAC in Mitchell. The Marlins beat the Flyers earlier this season in Sioux Falls. Aberdeen (3-3) plays Rushmore Saturday.