Jr. | F | Livonia, Mich.
Marshall followed a 33-point freshman campaign
with 38 points (12g, 26a) for UNO last season.
Key Statistics: Marshall
finished third on the Mavericks with 38 points (12g,
26a) last season. You might have heard of the two folks
who finished ahead of him: Scott Parse and Bill Thomas.
Marshall, a 6-foot, 191-pounder, has 71 points in 79
career games, and he’s developed a reputation
in Omaha as a clutch performer, tying for the team lead
with three game-winning goals last season.
What He Does: Marshall
goes about his business rather quietly. He centered
Parse and Thomas last year, which undoubtedly supercharged
his statistics. But he wasn’t just along for the
ride. UNO coach Mike Kemp wanted his top playmaker to
be the one dishing pucks to his two superstar wings,
and Marshall was the obvious pick. His willingness to
toil in the shadows of Parse and Thomas, setting them
up for goals with precise passes, made him the perfect
complementary component to UNO’s top line.
The Bigger Picture: Thomas
is gone, having signed a contract with the Coyotes,
but all indications are that Parse will stay in school
and be paired again with Marshall. As Kemp pointed out,
there should be no shortage of volunteers to play the
right wing on that line. Marshall’s faceoff skills
and defensive success aren’t quite up to par with
his offensive talents, but the coaches report that he
is constantly improving. That’s important, because
the centerman is being counted on to fill a good chunk
of the void created by Thomas’ departure.
UNO coach Mike Kemp on Marshall:
“He’s very mature, which makes him unusual
in that way as a college student. He’s an unselfish
player who accepted his role and still came to the rink
with the same great attitude and great work ethic. He
has a lot of poise when the game is on the line. His
demeanor, attention and focus stay the same all the