Boys Hockey: Cards drub section rival Hutchinson
LITTLE FALLS — Willmar gave up a goal in the game’s opening minutes, then controlled the action from there on Thursday against a Hutchinson team considered a favorite in the Cardinals’ section.
Hunter Mottinger scored two first-period power play goals and goalie Sam Revier made 17 save for his first varsity victory in Willmar’s 4-1 win over Hutchinson in the Little Falls Tournament.
“We needed that,” said Cardinals head coach Dan Tollefson. “We had lost three in a row, close ones against good teams. So to get this one is big.”
In addition to Revier notching his first win, center Sam Anez scored his first varsity goal in the third period to all but ice the game.
The Cardinals, now 5-4, play Little Falls at 7 p.m. today, then wrap up against Mound Westonka at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Hutchinson’s Shane Collings scored unassisted less than three minutes into the game, but Willmar finally broke through when Mottinger scored the first of Willmar’s three power play goals on assists from Tyler Pendill and Trey Tollefson at the 5:54 mark of the first.
Obviously inspired, the Cardinals took advantage of another Hutchinson penalty and struck again two minutes later, with Mottinger beating Tigers goalie Alex Nelson on an assist from Pendill.
Willmar peppered Nelson with 20 shots in the first period.
Ryan Woltjer scored the Cardinals’ third power play goal at 14:13 of the second period on an assist from T. J. Mattison, and Anez took a feed from Nate Ackerman and scored at 10:37 of the third to wrap up the scoring.
Revier made 17 stops, including 7 in the third period.
Hutch, now 4-3, entered the game ranked No. 2 behind Luverne in Minnesota-Scores.net’s Section 3A rankings. The Tigers were ranked No. 19 overall.
Willmar is ranked No. 4 in 3A and No. 33 overall. The Cardinals now play a Little Falls team that entered Thursday with a 1-8 record after winning 62 games in three previous seasons.
Tollefson said the Cardinals still will need to be on top of their game.
“(Little Falls) isn’t as loaded as they have been,” Tollefson said. “But they’re well-coached and it’s their home tournament, so they’ll be ready.”
Willmar 4, Hutchinson 1
Willmar (5-4) 2 1 1 — 4
Hutchinson (4-3) 1 0 0 — 1
FIRST PERIOD – H: Shane Collings 15:23 … W: Hunter Mottinger (Tyler Pendill, Trey Tollefson) 5:54 pp … W: Mottinger (Pendill) 3:53 pp
SECOND PERIOD – W: Ryan Woltjer (T.J. Mattison) 14:13 pp
THIRD PERIOD – W: Sam Anez (Nate Ackerman) 10:37
GOALIE SAVES – Willmar: Nick Revier 6-4-7—17 … Hutchinson: Alex Nelson 18-6-8—32