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Willmar's Gabe Amon, center, tries to work the puck off the Cardinals' defensive boards in the first period as Adam Willard, left, and Justin Baumgarten of River Lakes close in at the Willmar Civic Center Monday. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

River Lakes tops Willmar


WILLMAR -- River Lakes' forward Jon Cole picked up a free puck and scored the game-winning goal late in the third period on Monday as the Stars nipped Willmar 2-1 in a first-round game at the Willmar Bus Cup.

Cole jumped on a Willmar turnover near the blue line and flicked a shot that trickled off Leitch's glove at 12:56 to give the Stars a 2-1 lead.

The Stars then fended off a Willmar powerplay over the last 1:57 for the win.

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