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Willmar forward Riley Grabow, middle, beats Eveleth-Gilbert defenseman Josh Houdek, left, and flipped a shot past Golden Bears goalie Chad Hietela for s first-period goal Friday at the Willmar Civic Center. The Cardinals downed E-G 8-2. Tribune photo by Tom Larson

Boys hockey: Kobienia’s hat trick powers Cardinals


WILLMAR — Sophomore wing Isaac Kobienia scored the hat trick and had helpers on four  other goals while senior goalie Levi Goosman returned to the cage after a month-long absence spurring Willmar to an 8-2 win over the Golden Bears of Eveleth-Gilbert on Friday evening.

Goosman, who had 23 stops, last played Dec. 14, a 3-1 win at Marshall. The next week he broke the thumb on his blocker hand while refereeing adult hockey.

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