MERRILL – The Marshfield boys hockey team scored the game’s first seven goals and rolled to a 9-1 win over Merrill/Wausau East on Tuesday at the Merrill Area Recreation Center.
Marshfield scored four times in the first period and three times in the first 6 ½ minutes of the second to open up a commanding 7-0 lead on its way to its 12th win of the season.
The Tigers are now 12-8-1 overall and even their Wisconsin Valley Conference record at 4-4. Merrill/Wausau East drops to 3-14-1 and 0-9 in conference play.
Nick Urban had three goals, Sawyer Schindler and Ian Haugen each scored twice, Noah Peterson had a goal and three assists, and Payton Smith had four assists for Marshfield.
Evan Weister added a goal and an assist, and Max Heller and Tristan Reismann also had assists for the Tigers.
Marshfield will have a week off before hosting first-place Wausau West on Feb. 11.
Tigers 9, Bluejacks 1 Marshfield 4 3 2 – 9 Merrill/Wausau East 0 1 0 – 1 First period: 1. MAR, Evan Weister, 2:39; 2. MAR, Ian Haugen (Nick Urban, Noah Peterson), 9:41; 3. MAR, Urban (Sawyer Schindler, Peterson), 12:35; 4. MAR, Schindler (Payton Smith), 15:41. Second period: 5. MAR, Urban (Smith), 1:15; 6. MAR, Haugen (Peterson), 2:15; 7. MAR, Urban (Smith, Max Heller), 10:36; 8. MWE, Blake Raddatz (Greg Glovinski), 13:37. Third period: 9. MAR, Schindler (Tristan Reismann), 5:13; 10. MAR, Peterson (Smith, Weister), 16:17. Saves: MAR, A.J. Trierweiler 13; MWE, Jake Furrer 30. Records: Marshfield 12-8-1, 4-4 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Merrill/Wausau East 3-14-1, 0-9 Wisconsin Valley Conference.