1st - This period was all Duluth Marshall as the Hilltoppers had an astonishing 21 shots on Crookston’s Erdman. The Pirates only had four shots on net during the period and only one was a legitimate scoring chance. Anderson stacked the pads to make a brilliant save off a one-timer that came off of a pass from behind the net. Crookston started the period ahead on shots and on the power play as Marshall’s Matt Bauer left the ice for a slashing penalty just 30 seconds into the game. The power play would hold the only offense of the period for Crookston as it was all Marshall from that point on. The Pirates would commit three penalties throughout the period and they killed them all off as Marshall headed to the locker room with a 1-0 lead. This period could have had a much different ending if Erdman wouldn’t have been standing on his head to keep the Pirates alive.
2nd - Duluth Marshall came out fast and controlled most of the period and the action was back and forth with little action until Crookston went on the power play as Gotelaere was sent off the ice for interference. The power play didn’t go as planned for Crookston as Howard score a shorthanded goal to put the Hilltoppers up 2-0 just under eight minutes left in the period. But just over two minutes later the Pirates’ offensive finally broke through and Edevold scored on Crookston’s fifth shot of the game to bring the score to 2-1 in favor of Marshall. The rest of the period showed more action with more shots on net and shots on the body. But both teams would head to the locker room with Marshall ahead 2-1. A very scary moment occurred at the end of the period as one of the referees lost consciousness on his way off the ice. Medical staff and team officials responded immediately and were about ready to give the ref a shock from an AED when he regained consciousness. He was talking fine and was escorted to the hospital once an ambulance arrived.
3rd - Both teams came out strong as there were offensive chances on both sides. Crookston started out with the better chances and Marshall took the first penalty of the period as Gotelaere left the ice for interference. Crookston would fail to convert on that power play. Crookston lead the way in shots 4-1 to start the period and Marshall didn’t get their first shot on net until eight minutes into the third period. The game went on with only two officials until the replacement ref showed up with just over seven minutes to play in the game. Marshall had their first power play of the period with 6:46 remaining in the period and it only took one minute for Peterson to net a goal to put the Hilltoppers up 3-1. The rest of the period was relatively uneventful with only three more penalties – two of which were coincidental. The third came at a bad time for Crookston as their comeback hopes were dashed when Seth Heppner left the ice for cross checking with 90 seconds left in the game. Though Heppner would finish the game in the penalty box and the final score stood at 3-1 in favor of Duluth Marshall. Final shots were 33-14 in favor of the Hilltoppers.