MARSHFIELD – Evan Weister had a hat trick and two assists to lift the Marshfield boys hockey team to a dominating 7-0 shutout of Merrill/Wausau East in Wisconsin Valley Conference action Friday night at the Marshfield Ice Arena.
Marshfield outshot Merrill/East 53-8, with goalie A.J. Trierweiler saving all eight shots for the Tigers.
Noah Peterson and Payton Smith both scored in the first period, and Ben Lawyer and Weister added goals in the second to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead.
Weister had a pair of goals and Josh Gruen finished off the scoring with a goal late for Marshfield.
Nick Urban and Sawyer Schindler each had two assists for the Tigers, who improve to 6-4-1 overall and 2-1 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference.
“We played a great team game tonight,” Marshfield coach Eric Bowman said. “Our guys came out focused, and maintained that focus throughout the game. We are starting to play well and as a team as some of our younger players are adjusting to the speed of the varsity game. We need to play with the effort and teamwork we saw tonight consistently as we enter a challenging stretch in our schedule.”
Marshfield has two nonconference road games coming up. The Tigers are at Northland Pines on Saturday and at Rhinelander on Tuesday.
Tigers 7, Bluejacks 0 Merrill/Wausau East 0 0 0 – 0 Marshfield 2 2 3 – 7 First period: 1. MAR, Noah Peterson (Sawyer Schindler, Nick Urban), 2:10; 2. MAR, Payton Smith (Urban, Schindler), 15:24. Second period: 3. MAR, Ben Lawyer (Evan Weister), 1:40; 4. MAR, Weister (Max Heller, Lawyer), 9:33. Third period: 5. MAR, Weister, sh., 0:12; 6. MAR, Weister (Adam Zee), 7:52; 7. MAR, Josh Gruen (Weister), 10:32. Records: Merrill/Wausau East 1-6-1, 0-4 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 6-4-1, 2-1 Wisconsin Valley Conference.