Marlin boys blanked by Rushmore in state hockey opener
Mitchell heads to the consolation bracket on Saturday
BROOKINGS — A quiet day on the offensive front eliminated the Mitchell Marlins boys hockey team from championship contention on Friday at the South Dakota state high school boys tournament, where Rushmore defeated Mitchell 4-0 at the Larson Ice Center.
After no scoring in the first period, Rushmore's Carter Kirk had the game's first goal 34 seconds into the second period, followed four minutes later by Cameron Ritter for the Thunder to take a two-goal lead. In the third period, Landon Bartling and Colton Merchen each scored goals to seal the victory for Rushmore.
Rushmore outshot Mitchell, 36-23, and converted a pair of power plays, while Mitchell was 0 for 5 on the power play in the game. Mitchell's Drake Jerke made 32 saves in the loss.
Mitchell plays in the consolation bracket at 2 p.m. Saturday against the loser of the Sioux Falls 1 and Watertown contest. Brookings and Oahe advanced on the other side of the bracket to play in the semifinal round.