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Marlin boys record first shutout of season, wins 7-0

Jesse Grosdidier skates the puck through the neutral zone for the Mitchell Marlins in a 7-0 win over Sioux Falls 1 Friday at the Mitchell Activities Center. (Nick McCutcheon/Republic)

The Mitchell Marlin boys’ hockey team picked up its first shutout victory of the season, topping Sioux Falls 1 7-0 Friday at the Mitchell Activities Center.

After taking a 1-0 lead into the first intermission on a goal from Matt Muth, who returned to the lineup after being out six weeks with an injury, the Marlins (3-5) scored five times in the second to put the game out of reach.

“There were a lot of positives to take away from the game tonight,” said Marlins coach John Lord, who added his team was focused after a disappointing overtime loss in its last game against Aberdeen. “We came out ready to play and the focus was evident all week in practice.”

Jacob Rice and Jordan Grosdidier each scored on the power play before line-mate Jacob Cersosimo scored the first of his two in the second period, including a short-handed tally.

“When that top line is clicking, it is pretty to watch,” Lord said.

Alex Murtha and Jesse Grosdidier each found the back of the net to the Marlins, who outshot the Flyers 35-10.

Mitchell goalie Weston Gauger stopped all 10 shots he faced for the shutout victory. Gauger has been splitting time in net with Tate Sutherland all season and Lord said as long as they are each playing well, he will continue to use both.

The Marlins play Oahe at 4:30 p.m. today at the MAC in Mitchell.