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Tribune photo by Ron Adams Willmar forward Brooke Mayer skates past Morris/Benson Area's Abby Daly during the Cardinals' 16-0 victory over the Storm on Friday in the first round of the Willmar Invitational. Willmar defeated Austin 2-1 in Saturday's championship game at the Willmar Civic Center.

Girls hockey: Willmar wins Invitational

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WILLMAR -- The Willmar girls hockey team continued its strong start to the season with a 2-1 win over Austin in the Willmar Invitational championship game on Saturday at the Willmar Civic Center.

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Willmar's Miranda Roelofs scored the winning goal on the powerplay at 4:20 of the third period. Amelia Amon scored the Cardinals' first goal unassisted at 7:17 of the first period.

Willmar goalie Baylie Young made 24 saves, including 11 in the second period when Austin mustered its best offensive attack.

The Cardinals are now 5-0-1. They defeated Morris/Benson Area on Friday to earn a spot in the championship game.

"We played a complete game against Austin," said Cardinals head coach Jason Mayer. "We killed off five of six Austin powerplays. With our seventh powerplay goal of the year, we continued to play a strong special teams game on both our power play and penalty kill."

The Cardinals play next at Hutchinson on Tuesday.

Willmar 2, Austin 1

Austin 1 0 0 -- 1

Willmar 1 0 1 -- 2

FIRST PERIOD - W: Amelia Amon 7:17

SECOND PERIOD - A: Carley Grunewald (Vanessa Talamantes) 15:06

THIRD PERIOD - W: Miranda Roelofs (Annie Johnston) 4:20

GOALIE SAVES - A: Allison Hoban 31 ... W: Baylie Young 24

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