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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton In a scrum for a loose puck, Willmar’s Cole Hagen, far left, and Joey Lee (25) battle River Lakes’ Matt Kissner (22) and Jake Herges (11) in the second period Thursday at the Willmar Civic Center.

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WILLMAR — The Willmar Cardinals couldn’t solve Chris Skluzacek Thursday night at the Civic Center.

Not for lack of effort. They poured 45 shots on the River Lakes goalie but only two found the back of the cage.


The Stars held on to beat the Cardinals 3-2 on a game-winning goal by freshman wing Grant Thompson, from Dylan Jude,  with 8 minutes left in 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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