Marlins' girls hockey championship hopes dashed in state semifinals by Aberdeen
The Marlins will play at noon Sunday for third place against Sioux Falls.
SIOUX FALLS — A late equalizer in the second period and three unanswered goals in the third period wiped out the Mitchell Marlins girls hockey team's dreams of a state championship Saturday, as the Marlins fell to the Aberdeen Cougars, 5-2, at the Scheels Iceplex.
Mitchell took a 2-1 lead with 6:05 left in the second period after its second goal in a row, an even strength goal from Tristen Zimmer. Livaya Mimmack scored earlier in the period to tie the game at 1-all, with Tiffany Hatwan assisting.
But the Marlins yielded a goal to Ema Rehder with 48 seconds left in the second period, and allowed Lauren Scheel to score twice, while Alyssa Roehrich scored her second goal of the game in the third period to set the final margin at 5-2.
Mitchell was outshot 36-17, including 28-9 after the first period. Sadie Kludt had 31 saves for Mitchell. Chloe Vikander was the winning goaltender for Aberdeen, making 15 saves.
The Marlins will play at noon Sunday for third place against Sioux Falls, while Aberdeen will play Brookings for the championship at 3 p.m.