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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar junior forward Austin Smith absorbs an elbow from Marshall senior defenseman Brent Haukom in the first period Saturday in Willmar. Smith would cap the period with a goal at 16:58 that turned out to be the game-winner.

Boys hockey roundup: Timely first goal lifts Cardinals

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WILLMAR — Austin Smith’s first varsity goal was a beauty — and a game-winner.

Smith, a junior right-handed stick-handler, whacked a puck out of mid-air, hip level, with two ticks left in the first period that got by Marshall goalie Mason Campion on Saturday in the Cardinals’ 3-1 win over the Tigers.

It gave Willmar a 2-1 lead that stayed that way until Joey Lee provided the clincher approaching the final minute of the third period.

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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