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Prep Hockey: Cardinals leveled by White Hawks in Little Falls Invite

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LITTLE FALLS — The White Hawks jumped on Willmar for four first-period goals and went on to slam the Cardinals 7-1 on Saturday at the Little Falls Invite.

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Nonetheless, Willmar and Mound Westonka tie for best record at the three-day tournament, each at 2-1. Hutchinson (1-1-1) and Little Falls (0-2-1) tied 4-4, also on Saturday.

Jack Sterne led the White Hawks with three goals and an assist.

Austin Smith got the Willmar marker on a third-period power play. Willmar was outshot 32-21.

The contest matched Willmar graduates Dan Tollefson (1988) and Mound Westonka head coach Doug Runke (2000).

Willmar returns to the ice Saturday when it hosts Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato for an evening game.

Mound 7, Willmar 1

Mound Westonka (6-4-1) 4 2 1—7

Willmar (6-5) 0 0 1—1

FIRST PERIOD – M: Jack Sterne :48 … M: Josh Mazurek (Sterne, Hunter Smith) 8:37 … M: Jude Pierce (Smith, Josh Mazurek) 12:31 … M: Smith (Jack Leschisin) 16:41, pp

SECOND PERIOD – M: Mark Hildahl (Wyatt Mullins, Dustin Koehnen) 12:31 … M: Sterne (Smith, Jude Pierce) 14:17

THIRD PERIOD – W: Austin Smith (Buzzy Tollefson) 13:46 … M: Sterne (Broten Togstad, Smith) 14:54

GOALIE SHOTS-SAVES – Mound Westonka: Jack Leschisin 21-20 … Willmar: Nick Revier 32-25

Granite City Showcase

SC Cathedral 8, River Lakes 1

(At St. Cloud) — The Stars’ Blake Karsch scored the game’s first goal 16 seconds into the middle stanza before the Crusaders (9-2) erupted for five goals before the period would end.

SC Cathedral (9-2) 0 5 3—8

River Lakes (5-6) 0 1 0—1

FIRST PERIOD – no scoring

SECOND PERIOD – RL: Blake Karsch (Hunter Sjoberg) :16 … SCC: Logan Neu 2:49 … SCC: Erik Gadbois 3:09 … SCC: Trevor Cornelius 10:18 … SCC: Dan Bailey 11:33 … SCC: Brady Johnston 15:49

THIRD PERIOD – SCC: Matson Courrier 1:45 … SCC: Matt Fritz 3:45 pp … SCC: Johnston 16:40 pp

GOALIE SHOTS-SAVES – St. Cloud Cathedral: Zack Fritz 25-24… River Lakes: Nicholas Skluzacek 48-40

Result Friday

Non-Conference

LDC 6, LH/St. Peter 3

The Dragons (5-5) ended a three-game losing streak and gained good vibes heading into the Cream Can game at Willmar next Saturday evening.

Jared Pedersen assisted on LDC’s third goal of the first period and later netted a goal in both the second and third periods.

Litchfield/DC (5-5) 3 2 1—6

LH/St. Peter (6-3-1) 1 2 0—3

FIRST PERIOD – LDC: Sam Stromberg (Isak Haataja) 5:48 … LHS: Ryan Hoehn (Alex Hoehn, Sam Wenner) 7:40, pp … LDC: Bailey Emery (Haataja, Mason Merlic) 12:38 … LDC: Ethan Niemala (Ben Haugo, Jared Pedersen) 16:51, pp

SECOND PERIOD – LDC: Troy Ryynanen (Stromberg) 2:37 … LHS: Cole Miller (Hoehn, S. Wenner) 12:13 … LDC: Pedersen (David Raisanen) 13:05 … LHS: Hoehn (Nathanial Wenner, Hoehn) 14:47)

THIRD PERIOD – LDC: Pedersen (Niemala) 15:31

GOALIE SHOTS-SAVES – Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato: Braeden Wahl 31-28 … Le Sueur-Henderson/St. Peter: Zeke Haugen 29-24

Girls Hockey

Simley 4, Willmar 0

NEW HOPE — The Simley Spartans nursed a 1-0 lead into the third period and then hit paydirt three times to blank Willmar 4-0 Saturday in the seventh-place game of the Robbinsdale Armstrong/Copper Invite.

Simley outshot the Cardinals 39-22 and Willmar was outscored 18-3 in its three losses at the tournament.

The Cardinals return to action on Jan. 7 when they play Brainerd/Little Falls in Brainerd.

Simley (5-11) 1 0 3—4

Willmar (3-11-1) 0 0 0—0

FIRST PERIOD – S: Laken Muller (Nikki Nelson) 7:37

SECOND PERIOD – no scoring

THIRD PERIOD – S: Nelson (Laken Muller) 4:46 … S: Lexi Muller (Laken Muller) 12:56, pp … S: Laken Muller (Nelson) empty net, 15:08

GOALIE SHOTS-SAVES – Simley: Emma Tschida 22-22 … Willmar: Johnika Wodash 38-35

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Tom Larson

Tom Larson is the sports editor of the West Central Tribune.

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