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Boys Hockey: Willmar back on winning track; tops Fergus

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FERGUS FALLS -- Grant Schow's goal with 4:51 left in the game lifted Willmar to a 2-1 win over Fergus Falls in a Central Lakes Conference boys hockey game Tuesday.

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Trey Tollefson cleared the puck from Willmar's zone, and Schow carried it into the Otter's zone, got a shot off, got his own rebound and put in into the net.

Cardinals coach Dan Tollefson said both goals Tuesday represent how Willmar (7-3-3, 11-7-3) has been playing over the last half of the season.

"We've been playing with a lot more determination and grit. Both goals tonight were that. Gabe's goal wasn't cute, he just knocked it into the net," Tollefson said.

Amon's goal -- Schow got the assist -- gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead in the second period.

Fergus Falls tied the game just 21 seconds into the third on Joe Nethe's goal, then Willmar netminder Christian Yrttimaa made two big saves at the end of the game to secure the win.

"The whole game was a grinding game," said Tollefson. "Fergus had two great scoring opportunities at the end of the game and (Yrttimaa) just stuck the saves."

Willmar hosts St. Cloud Apollo on Thursday in another Central Lakes Conference game.

Willmar 2, Fergus Falls 1

Willmar (7-3-3, 11-7-3) 0 1 1 -- 2

Fergus Falls (5-6-3, 9-9-3) 0 0 1 -- 1

FIRST PERIOD - no scoring

SECOND PERIOD - Wil: Gabe Amon (Grant Schow) 16:17

THIRD PERIOD - FF: Joe Nethe (Peter Gaustad, Blake Brazil) :21 ... Wil: Schow (Trey Tollefson) 12:06

GOALIE SAVES - Willmar: Christian Yrttimaa 29 ... Fergus Falls: Austin Carr 22

Southwest

MBA 6, Redwood Valley 0

Tyler Hansen had a hat trick after two periods of play and Kelly Engquist tallied three points to help keep Morris/Benson Area unbeaten in the conference.

Hansen opened the scoring and netted two goals in the second period. Engquist had a goal in the first and third periods and assisted on Hansen's third goal. Andrew Rentz scored with just under two minutes remaining to cap the scoring.

Andrew Fath and Paden Strutz made a combined 27 saves in the Storm's shutout. Morris/Benson Area outshot the Cardinals 30-27.

MBA (9-0-1, 13-5-1) 2 2 2 -- 6

Red. Valley (5-6, 9-11-2) 0 0 0 -- 0

FIRST PERIOD - MBA: Tyler Hansen (Mac Beyer, Kelly Engquist) 9:41 ... MBA: Engquist (Hansen) 13:58

SECOND PERIOD - MBA: Hansen (unassisted) 3:10 ... MBA: Hansen (Engquist) 12:17

THIRD PERIOD - MBA: Engquist (Hansen) 2:05 ... MBA: Andrew Rentz (Tanner Picht, Brody Gimberlin) 15:08

GOALIE SAVES - Morris/Benson: Andrew Fath 12, Paden Strutz 15 ... Redwood Valley: Jordan Houle 10, Parker Revier 14

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