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Mitchell Marlins girls pick up crucial late-season win at Aberdeen

Marlins in driver's seat for top-two seed at state tournament

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ABERDEEN, S.D. — The Mitchell Marlins girls hockey team picked up a big win on Saturday at Aberdeen, knocking off the Cougars 6-4 at the Odde Ice Arena.

With the victory, Mitchell improved to 14-2-0 on the season, all but assuring Mitchell a top-two seed at the South Dakota state girls hockey tournament next month, which will be hosted in Aberdeen. Sioux Falls, with three games yet to play, has 30 points and a 15-0 record, with Mitchell at 28 points with two games yet to play and Aberdeen in third (12-4) with 24 points.

In Saturday’s game, Mitchell yielded the first goal of the game only to answer with goals from Kate Nash and Kelsey Amick to put the Marlins up 2-1 before Aberdeen’s Sydney Hofer tied the game late in the first period.

In the second period, Nash, Amick and Brynlee Sabers scored three goals in the span of three-plus minutes in the middle of the period to put Mitchell up 5-2. Aberdeen’s Kailyn Poppen and Morgan Jones scored at the end of the second period and start of the third to bring the Cougars within one goal, but Amick’s goal from Brooke Jarman with less than 5 minutes left sealed the victory for Mitchell at 6-4.

Amick had three goals in a four-point effort for the Marlins, with Sabers tallying a three-point game with two assists. Jarman finished with two assists in the win for the Marlins, who had 23 saves from Sadie Kludt in the win. The Marlins outshot Aberdeen, 41-27 in the game, including 12-3 in the third period.

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The Marlins, who have won seven of its last eight games, will now be on an extended break from game action. Mitchell will play at Sioux Center, Iowa on Feb. 12, followed by the season finale at home on Feb. 13 against Huron.

Offense remains limited for Mitchell boys

ABERDEEN, S.D. — Offense remained hard to come by for the Mitchell Marlins boys hockey team on the road last weekend.

On Friday, the Marlins were blanked by Sioux Falls 1, 6-0, and the Marlins took an 8-2 loss at Aberdeen on Saturday.

In the Friday game against Sioux Falls, Mitchell was outshot 29-18. Sioux Falls scored three times in the first period and Mitchell was not able to recover. Drake Jerke made 23 saves in the loss, while Sioux Falls goaltender Kadin Huyser made 18 saves in a shutout effort.

In the Saturday game, Aberdeen scored four goals in the first period and had the first eight in the game before the Marlins got on the board in the third period with goals from Kaden Contreras and William Elfstrand. Elfstrand also had an assist on Contreras’ goal.

Mitchell took 10 penalties in the game compared to the Cougars’ single penalty and were outshot, 44-13. Jerke made 36 saves for the Marlins in the loss.

The Marlins (3-10-1) stand with eight points and in a tie in the South Dakota boys varsity hockey standings for the eighth and final playoff spot with Watertown (4-10-0).

Mitchell is back in action on Friday, Feb. 4 in Huron.

Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at mtraxler@mitchellrepublic.com.
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