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Willmar senior forward T.J. Mattison comes from behind the net to tuck the puck into a small, near-side opening off a pass from Riley Grabow for a 1-0 Cardinals’ lead over Windom in the Section 3A quarterfinals Friday at the Civic Center. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Boys hockey: Willmar off to fast start in Section 3A

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WILLMAR — The senior-strong Willmar Cardinals wrapped up business Friday afternoon on their home ice, dispatching the Windom Eagles from the Section 3A tournament with a 7-0 whitewash.


The Cardinals hit the road Saturday to play New Ulm at 8 p.m. on the Gustavus Adolphus campus in St. Peter.

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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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