Boys Hockey: Willmar rebounds from tough loss
ST. CLOUD -- Liam Johnston's hat trick that featured two power-play goals and another power-play goal from Grant Schow allowed Keifer Dahle and Willmar to blank St. Cloud Apollo 4-0 Tuesday in a Central Lakes Conference boys hockey game.
Grant Kallevig and James Johnston assisted Liam Johnston's first goal at the 9:24 mark of the first period. The Cardinals (6-7, 12-9) outshot St. Cloud Apollo 9-6 in the first 17 minutes of play.
Willmar then had Johnston and Schow net power-play goals seven minutes apart in the second period as Willmar outshot the Eagles 18-5 to take command.
Johnston completed the hat trick with another goal on the power play just over seven minutes into the third period. Paul Schrupp assisted on both of Johnston's power-play goals while Johnston assisted on Schow's power-play goal. Johnston had a chance at a fourth goal with a penalty shot in the final minute, but he was stopped by Apollo goalie Charlie Pentz.
"Everyone was moving the puck well tonight," said Willmar coach Dan Tollefson. "Our power play was really working. Just a good overall game for us."
Willmar won 47 of the 69 (68 percent) faceoffs to outshoot the Eagles 33-18.
Dahle came up with 18 saves as he blanked the Eagles for the second time this season. The Cardinals won 5-0 in Willmar on Jan. 12. Dahle now has three shutouts on the season while Ben Leitch has two.
Willmar hosts St. Cloud Tech on Thursday for another Central Lakes Conference game.
Willmar 4, SC Apollo 0
Willmar (6-7, 12-9)................1 2 1 -- 4
SC Apollo (1-14, 3-19)..........0 0 0 -- 0
FIRST PERIOD - Wil: Liam Johnston (Grant Kallevig, James Johnston) 9:24
SECOND PERIOD - Wil: L. Johnston (Paul Schrupp) pp, 3:02 ... Wil: Grant Schow (L. Johnston) pp, 10:07
THIRD PERIOD - Wil: L. Johnston (Schrupp) pp, 7:23
GOALIE SAVES - Willmar: Keifer Dahle 18 ... St. Cloud Apollo: Charlie Pentz 29
MBA 3, Redwood Valley 1
Morris/Benson Area (8-4, 9-11) knocked off the conference champions by keeping the Cardinals (10-2, 17-3) scoreless in the second and third periods. Alex Sinclair made 29 saves in the win.
Luke Schwarz and Tyler Hansen netted goals in the third period to break a 1-1 tie for the Storm. Mac Beyer tied the game with an unassisted goal midway through the second period.
The win avenged a 6-4 loss to the Cardinals on Jan. 5 in Redwood Falls for Morris/Benson Area.
Jake Skeie scored 6:54 into the opening period for Redwood Valley, which had its 16-game winning streak snapped. The Cardinals outscored their opponents 93-29 during the winning streak that started on Dec. 5.
John Rebstock made 32 saves for Redwood Valley.
Red. Valley (10-2, 17-3)........1 0 0 -- 1
MBA (7-4, 9-11).....................0 1 2 -- 3
FIRST PERIOD - RV: Jake Skeie (unassisted) 6:54
SECOND PERIOD - MBA: Mac Beyer (unassisted) 8:38
THIRD PERIOD - MBA: Luke Schwarz (Brady Valnes, Ethan Ratcliff-Crain) 5:10 ... MBA: Tyler Hansen (Tanner Picht) 16:57
GOALIE SAVES - Redwood Valley: John Rebstock 32 ... Morris/Benson Area: Alex Sinclair 29