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Marlins fall to Rangers

Mitchell’s Jacob Rice handles the puck during the first period of the Marlins’ home opener against Brookings Thursday at the Mitchell Activities Center. (Brooke Cersosimo/Republic)

The Mitchell Marlins boys’ hockey team was unable to get anything going in the season-opener against Brookings Thursday at the Mitchell Activities Center.

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The Brookings Rangers, who won the state tournament last year, topped Mitchell (0-1) 10-0 on the strength of five first-period goals.

“This is not the way you want to start your regular season on your home ice,” Marlin coach John Lord said.

Brookings outshot Mitchell 48-7 in the game.

“Every time we got possession in the zone, we would throw it around the boards and down the ice,” Lord said. “Not having Alex Thill out there really hurts us defensively.”

Thill is out with a wrist injury suffered in practice prior to the start of the season and is expected to miss up to 10 weeks.

Marlin senior goalie Weston Gauger got the start in net, but was pulled early after making five saves on eight shots. Tate Sutherland entered the game less than eight minutes in and played the rest of the way for Mitchell, making 33 saves on 40 shots.

Eight different players scored for Brookings, including Corey Roach, who scored three times for the hat trick. Roach also had two assists for the Rangers.

“They were finding open spots in the slot all game,” Lord said. “We finally settled down in that third period and played some hockey, but by then the score was already out of hand.”

Brookings goalie Tristin Kuehn saved all seven shots he faced for the shutout.

The Marlins are back in action Saturday as they face Oahe on the road.