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'We'll be fierce,' Marshall coach Cassi Weiss says as she discusses past, present and future of girls program

Marshall girls hockey is looking forward to next season as the team loses only three seniors this offseason and has plenty of up-and-coming young talent.

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MARSHALL, Minn. — Wrapping up the 2021-2022 season 13-14-1 overall with the season ending in the Minnesota Section 3A semifinal in a close 2-1 loss to Luverne, the Marshall girls hockey team has lots to build off of for next year.

Head coach Cassi Weiss, an Elk River High School grad, has been with the Marshall program for a few years now and has known and coached many of the older players on the team since their youth hockey days.

This year, the team only had three seniors, but each of those players made a unique impact on the squad.

Two of the three seniors, Tessa Gannott and Leah Schaefer, lead the team in points with 24 and 28, respectively. The other senior, Shelby Ormberg was a key defender on the blue line and leader for the Tigers.

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"I really enjoyed them (the seniors) and we'll really miss them both on and off the ice ... leadership is where we'll lose them the most." Weiss said.

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Although the three seniors are players will be missed, the Marshall program has a crop of young talent who will be looking to make an immediate impact next year.

"Last year we saw a huge jump in a lot of our younger players." said Weiss of some of the up-and-comers.

Many of the underclassman participated in the High Performance festival this past month and were excited about improving and showcasing their skills to bring back to the varsity squad in the fall.

One of the players to look forward to is freshman Mia Wichmann, who made the final roster for the CCM Minnesota Hockey HP Girls 15 Summer Development Camp in St. Cloud.

Another young player who has shown skill is freshman goaltender Belle Deutz.

"She's had to battle some injuries ... (but) she's just very smart in net, she's kind of one that just coaches herself." said Weiss of Deutz, who posted a .920 save percentage this season with four shutouts.

There are also players who have shown success coming up through Marshall's youth hockey pipeline in the next few years. The 12UB squad went to state this past spring, and Weiss said, "That's the first time in Marshall youth hockey history."

Weiss is confident that the team may be young, but that they are ready to take on next year's season after getting many of the younger players used to playing a varsity schedule this past year.

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"We're gonna be young, but I think we'll be fierce," she said.

For more on Cassi Weiss and her coaching story, the challenges and opportunities that come with coaching a young team, the various multi-sport athletes on the squad, along with what to expect for next year, make sure to listen to the full podcast or watch the interview below.

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Sydney Wolf is a reporter for The Rink Live, primarily covering youth hockey. She joined the team in November of 2021 and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Mass Communications and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric Studies and was a part of the University Honors Program.
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