Marlin boys split pair of weekend home games
On Saturday, the Marlins fell to Sioux Falls-1, before defeating Sioux Center on Sunday.
MITCHELL — The Mitchell Marlins boys hockey team split a pair of home contests over the weekend.
On Saturday, the Marlins fell 5-1 to Sioux Falls-1, before defeating Sioux Center 5-2 on Sunday.
The Flyers jumped out to a 2-0 lead Saturday after first-period goals from Mason Schramm and John Mathison, with Schramm’s coming 31 seconds after the puck was dropped.
Lukas Jerke brought the Marlins to within one, finding the back of the net in the second period, but a trio of goals in the third from Keegan Clancy, Nathan Renken and Cory Perdaems helped Sioux Falls pull away. All three goals came within 76 seconds of each other.
Jerke, the lone goal scorer for the Marlins, was unassisted on the play. In net, Drake Jerke faced 45 shots, making 40 saves for a .889 save percentage. The Marlins put 14 shots on goal, with one getting past Cole Langston, who had a .929 save percentage for the game.
The Marlins fell behind early Sunday, too, as Easton Van Den Berg netted the first goal of the game 2:11 in to give Sioux Center a 1-0 lead. But Pacxton Denne answered 1:21 later, tying the game at one. His goal was the first of five consecutive goals the Marlins scored, with Mick Dailey, Lukas Jerke and Parker Denne all finding the back of the net in the second period. Lukas Jerke scored back-to-back goals in the frame, both coming on the power play.
Tegan Doelman, who assisted on the Storm’s first goal, scored the final goal of the game with just over three minutes to go in the second before a scoreless third period from both sides gave Mitchell the win.
On top of his goal, Parker Denne picked up an assist, while Levi Loken assisted on three goals and Kaden Contreras also chipped in an assist.
Drake Jerke stopped 24 of 26 (.923) shots he faced for Mitchell, while Christian Richards made 26 saves on 31 shots (.839).
The win Sunday ended a three-game losing streak for Mitchell, which improved to 7-5-1. The Marlins take on Rushmore on Friday, Feb. 3, at home for their next game.