Pink the Rink night caps perfect weekend for Marlins' boys hockey

Jan. 8—MITCHELL — The annual Pink the Rink night Saturday for the Mitchell Marlins boys hockey team was the favorable finish to a perfect weekend.

The Marlins defeated Sioux Center (Iowa) Friday at the Mitchell Activities Center 4-1 before returning to the ice Saturday and stopping a Yankton rally to win 4-2 in their first games of the New Year.

Mitchell continually pressured the Storm on goal in Friday's contest, outshooting Sioux Center 48-13. Connor Degen found the back of the net for his first goal of the season off assists from Brody Huls and Lukas Jerke with three minutes to go in the first period. Pacxton Denne scored a couple minutes later, with the assist credited to Victor Contreras.

Mick Dailey took advantage of one of eight Sioux Center penalties to pick up a goal in the second period. In the third period, with the Storm on the power play, Levi Loken scored for the Marlins, part of a two-point game, as he tallied an assist on Dailey's goal in the second. Parker Denne finished with two assists.

Saturday's game saw the Marlins outshoot the Bucks 16-1 in the opening period and 36-22 for the game. Jerke put Mitchell on the board first off assists from Dailey and Loken. In the second period, Jerke and Denne assisted on Tyson Sabers' goal at the 13:00 mark. Denne later scored off an assist from Loken, who was one of four Marlins to pick up multiple points for the game.

The final period saw Yankton outshoot Mitchell 12-7, as the Bucks' Tucker Renken pulled the Marlins' lead within one with under two minutes to go. However, Mitchell was able to quell the Bucks' rally, with Huls' empty-netter sealing a 2-0 weekend.

Mitchell (5-4) hits the road this weekend for a rematch against Yankton Saturday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. The Marlins will then take on Brandon Valley Sunday, Jan. 14 at noon.

MITCHELL — The Mitchell Marlins girls hockey team had to dig deep this weekend at the Mitchell Activities Center to battle a pair of tough opponents.

The Marlins were able to hold off a third-period comeback by Watertown and win 5-4 Saturday before falling to Sioux Falls 6-1 on Sunday.

Mitchell came out strong in the first period, scoring four goals, with three of them coming unassisted. Makenna Tronnes found the back of the net twice within the first six minutes of the game. Tristen Zimmer and Ryleigh Weidenbach also scored in the first period, with Resse Amick assisting on Weidenbach's goal.

The Lakers, still in search of their first win of the season, began to rally in the third period down 4-1 to the Marlins. Gracelynn Webb, Janel Lloyd and Harper Hendricks each picked up goals for Watertown to pull within striking distance, but Brynlee Sabers' state-leading twenty-third goal of the season with 9:27 remaining was the difference.

Sunday's game against Sioux Falls saw the Flyers score four second-period goals, going 2-of-3 on the power play against Mitchell. Raygn Peska finished the game with a pair of goals and an assist. Zoe Gorra collected three points on a goal and two assists, and Emma Honner, Lilyana Knutson and Aniston Murray also scored. The Flyers held Mitchell to 14 shots on goal, with Amick accounting for the Marlins' lone goal in the third period off assists from Sabers and Tronnes.

Mitchell (6-3-1) will be on the road for its next game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, against Oahe at the Oahe Expo Center in Pierre.