FERGUS FALLS — An overtime goal by Fergus Falls’ Joe Nathe ended the Willmar boys hockey team’s season, 3-2, in the first round of the Section 6A tournament on Tuesday.
The Cardinals finished the year 13-12-1.
The Otters and Cards both scored single goals in the first and second periods and neither team managed a tally in the third.
Nathe scored unassisted at 12:15 of the overtime period.
“We had some really good looked,” said Willmar head coach Dan Tollefson, “they had some really good looks in the third and in overtime but (goalie Joey Benson) made some nice saves before they got that last one. In the playoffs, it’s a bounce of a puck sometimes. They got the bounce tonight and we didn’t get the bounce.”
Willmar’s Zech Streed opened the scoring in assists by Evan VanDenEinde and Preston Peterson at 5:04 of the first period, but the Otters countered about 90 seconds later when Sam Rausch connected on an assist by Colton Buseth.
Fergus Falls took a 2-1 lead on Jesse Ketonen’s power play goal at 8:29 of the second period, but the Cards’ Hunter Schneider scored unassisted at 14:55 of the second to tie it again.
Benson made 25 saves but couldn’t get the one that sent the Otters into the section semifinals.
“I thought we had a good year,” Tollefson said. “Our kids really improved and you could see that when we played good games against some high-powered teams. Any time you get 13 wins, it’s a pretty good year.”
Fergus Falls 3,
Willmar 2 OT
Willmar (13-12-1) 1 1 0 0 — 2
Fergus Falls (13-10-3) 1 1 0 1 — 3
FIRST PERIOD – W: Zech Streed (Evan VanDenEinde, Preston Peterson) 5:04 … FF: Sam Rausch (Colton Buseth) 6:31
SECOND PERIOD – FF: Jesse Ketonen (Rausch, Joe Nathe) 8:29 pp … W: Hunter Schneider 14:55
THIRD PERIOD – No scoring
OVERTIME – FF: Nathe 12:15
River Lakes 2
MOORHEAD — No. 1-seeded Moorhead peppered the River Lakes goal with 55 shots on goal and beat the Stars 8-2 in the Section 8AA tournament on Tuesday in Moorhead.
Thomas Carey recorded a hat trick for the Spuds (12-11-2) and Tony Uglem scored twice.
Mitchell Feldhege and Stefan Tomovic scored River Lakes’ goals, both in the second period.
The Stars finish their season at 11-16.
River Lakes (11-16) 0 2 0 — 2
Moorhead (12-11-2) 1 4 3 — 8
FIRST PERIOD – M: Thomas Carey (Aaron Herdt, Tony Uglem) 16:09
SECOND PERIOD – M: Uglem (Alex Mehnert) 3:53, R: Mitchell Feldhege (Nick Bergeson) 5:38, M: Carey (Will Borgen, Uglem) 6:51, R: Stefan Tomovic (Reed Pfannenstein, Jake Herges) 8:27, M: Patrick O’Connor 15:40, M: Nicholas Uglem (T. Uglem, Carey) 16:32
THIRD PERIOD – M: Carey (Mehnert) 2:09, M: T. Uglem (Carey, Mehnert) 4:19, M: Leif Johnson (Jayden Masseth) 11:53
GOALIE SAVES – River Falls: Chris Skluzacek 47 … Moorhead: Jacob Dittmer 14
Little Falls 5, Morris/Benson 1
LITTLE FALLS — Luke Majerle scored twice for Little Falls, and the No. 1-seeded Flyers knocked off Morris/Benson Area 5-1 in the Section 6A tournament on Tuesday in Little Falls.
The Storm finish their season at 16-10 overall.
Corey Storck scored the lone goal for MBA at 3:52 in the second period.
MBA (16-10) 0 1 0 — 1
Little Falls (20-6) 1 2 2 — 5
FIRST PERIOD – L: Luke Majerle 2:14
SECOND PERIOD – L: Majerle (Thomas Miller, Ben Newman) 3:21, M: Corey Storck (Riley Blake, Chad Schwarz) 3:52, L: Nathan Adamietz (Majerle, Newman) 14:25
THIRD PERIOD – L: Austin Bjorge (August Maciej, Mark Anez) 4:48, L: Newman (Majerle, Taylor Kottschade) 11:44
GOALIE SAVES – Morris/Benson Area: Kyle Kennedy 19 … Little Falls: Michael Stumpf 18
GOALIE SAVES – Willmar: Joey Benson 25 … Fergus Falls: Ian Bjorgum 24