Second period surge carries Brookings over Marlin boys

Mitchell was outscored 7-0 in the second period Saturday night.

Mitchell goaltender Drake Jerke attempts to glove a puck out of the air during a boys hockey game against Brookings on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 at the Mitchell Activities Center. Brookings scored on the play. Also pictured is Mitchell's Nathan McCormick (3) and Josh Grosdidier (21). (Marcus Traxler / Republic)

A seven-goal second period by the Brookings Rangers allowed them to pull away and defeat the Marlins boys varsity hockey team, 9-1, on Saturday night at the Mitchell Activity Center.

The Rangers recorded 29 shots through two periods to the Marlins' nine, scoring the first nine goals of the contest. In the third period, the Marlins' lone shot was converted into a goal, as Levi Loken was assisted by Mick Dailey. Drake Jerke had 27 saves for Mitchell (0-5).

Jack Merritt scored all four of his goals in the second period for Brookings (4-0), with Ashton Witte and Zach Struck each scoring twice in the game. Four Rangers notched a pair of assists, while Kade Brecher posted nine saves.

Mitchell's next contest is at Sioux Center, Iowa, on Dec. 18.

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