Rushmore skates past Marlin boys with flurry of early goals

On Friday, the Marlins were defeated by Rushmore, which has not lost in regulation yet this season and is the No. 2 team in the state standings.

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MITCHELL — A five-game homestand for the Mitchell Marlins boys hockey team concluded with an 8-2 loss to Rushmore on Friday night.

The Marlins opened the scoring with an unassisted first-period goal by Tyson Sabers, but a run of six-straight goals by Rushmore ensued over the remainder of the opening period and much of the second ensued.

Rushmore’s Hayden Holec tied the contest at 1-1 less than 30 seconds after Sabers’ opener, before Cameron Ritter scored the first goal of his hat trick while the visitors were short-handed. In the second period, Rushmore’s Wyatt Reeder and Carter Kirk scored on either side of two more goals from Ritter.

Levi Loken pulled Mitchell back within 6-2 on a late second-period goal assisted by Daniel Laufman and Lukas Jerke.

Rushmore (13-0-1) added two more goals in the third period, one by Reeder and the final by Colton Merchen.


For the game, Rushmore had 47 shots to Mitchell’s 17, converting on two of four power play opportunities. Drake Jerke made 39 saves with a save percentage of .830 for the Marlins, while his counterpart, Tanner Kopec, stopped 15 shots for a save percentage of .882.

Mitchell (7-6-1) is on the road for its next five games, starting Friday, Feb. 10, at Sioux Center, Iowa.

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