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Marlins notebook: Girls' hockey team looking for defensive improvement

The Mitchell Marlin girls’ hockey team is looking for better defense in the new year.

The Marlin girls (1-6) have scored 40 goals this season but have had a hard time stopping opponents, giving up 52 goals in seven games.

“The girls are improving and we are hoping that going into this new year, we can get a few wins under our belt,” Marlin girls’ varsity hockey coach Amanda Young said. “Defense has probably been our biggest weakness. We have two new goalies and they are learning.”

Tiadra Simmermon has logged the majority of minutes in goal for the Marlin girls. She has played 357 minutes and has recorded 179 saves. Simmeron has the fifth most saves in the state, while also facing the fifth highest shots on goal.

Young said the top three defenders on her team are Bailey Hohn, Kayla Murtha and Cassidy Stuckey.

Offensively, the Marlin girls are led by Haley Stahl and Kylie Barrington. Both forwards have provided much of the offensive production, combining for 28 of the team’s 40 goals.

Stahl leads the Marlins in points and goals with 24 and 17, respectively. Both totals rank in the top 10 in the state their categories.

Barrington leads the team in assists with nine and is second on the team in points and goals. She has 11 goals and 20 points.

“The girls are coming around,” Young said. “Our offense has been one of our strengths. The girls are working together and making good passes and finishing at the net.”

The Marlin girls’ next game is against Watertown on Jan. 11 in Watertown.

Marlin boys looking for more consistency

Mitchell Marlin’s boys’ varsity hockey coach John Lord said he was impressed by his team’s 7-2 win over Huron on Dec. 21.

Heading into the new year , the coach wants more convincing wins.

“I wouldn’t say we have had any consistency offensively or defensively,” Lord said. “Our last game was up in Huron and I started to see the system come together. We just have to keep working hard in practice.”

The Marlin boys have struggled on offense and defense so far this season, which has led to a 1-3 record. In four games, the Marlin boys have scored 12 goals.

The Marlin boys’ offense is led by Jacob Cersosimo and Jordan Grosdidier. Cersosimo and Grosdidier each have five points, and Grosdidier leads the team in goals with four. Cersosimo has three goals and a team-leading two assists.

Alex Murtha and Spencer Neugebauer have also contributed to the offense with two goals apiece.

Weston Gauger and Tate Sutherland have split time in goal this season. Sutherland has played 120 minutes, while Gauger has seen 83 minutes in the net.

Gauger has faced 33 shots on goal and has 24 saves, while Sutherland has faced 96 shots on goal and has 81 saves.

Lord said his most consistent defensemen have been Cole Carlson and Murtha.

“Our weakest area has been the defensive zone and defense in the net,” Lord said. “We switched some lines around and helped the defense out a little bit. We were kind of rolling every shift and the guys were making mistakes because they were getting winded.”

The Marlin boys are back in action today against Sioux Falls at 7 p.m. in Sioux Falls.