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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Hunter Schneider’s wrist shot appears headed wide but finds its way past Sartell goalie Elliott Brookins into the upper left corner for a 1-0 Willmar lead in the first period on Thursday in Willmar.

Boys hockey: Sabres bounce Willmar to bottom

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Boys hockey: Sabres bounce Willmar to bottom
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WILLMAR — Defensive mistakes and not much punch on offense cost the Willmar Cardinals on Thursday night at the Cardinal Arena.

Sartell (1-5-2, 5-6-4) took home a 3-1 win that left Willmar (0-6-1, 7-7-1) alone on the bottom of the Central Lakes roll.

It also cost Willmar a chance to advance its case in the Section 6A rankings where they fell to 3-4-1.

Willmar came out hard and dominated the puck the first 8 minutes. Hunter Schneider scooted across the top of the lane and unleashed a precise wrist shot from the right circle that found the

upper left corner for a 1-0 lead.

But in the next minute, Sartell rushed the Willmar goal and Spencer Zwiener pounded the puck past Joey Benson to tie the score 1-1.

Willmar’s defense faltered allowing the Sabres several good opportunities and forcing big saves by Benson. A 2-on-1 Sabres rush broke the tie in the second period, Andrew Lindmeier getting the eventual game-winner.

The last Sabre goal was open net when a blue-line shot by Willmar was deflected back-up ice allowing Tyler Minkel to pounce.

“It was pretty even and they just found a way to win tonight,” said Willmar coach Dan Tollefson.

Willmar is at Paynesville on Tuesday to play CLC rival River Lakes.

Sartell 3, Willmar 1

Sartell (1-5-2, 5-6-4)    1  1  1 — 3

Willmar (0-5-1 7-6-1)    1  0  0 — 1

FIRST PERIOD – Wil: Hunter Schneider (Ryan Woltjer) 8:55 ….. Sar: Spencer Zwiener (Tyler Minkel) 9:44

SECOND PERIOD – Sar: Andrew Lindmeier (Aaron Randall, Matt Bakken) 12:58

THIRD PERIOD – Sar: Minkel (Matt Ringhand, Sam Zwiener) 16:02 open net

GOALIE SAVES – Sartell: Elliott Brookins 19-20 … Willmar: Joey Benson 20-22

Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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