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Willmar and Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato advance to finals

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Willmar boys hockey advances to 6A final

ST. CLOUD -- The Willmar Cardinals upended No. 2 seed Sartell 3-2 on Saturday night and will advance to the boys Section 6A championship game Thursday back at Torrey Arena.


No. 3 Willmar (16-8-3) will meet No. 5 Alexandria (11-15-1) at 7 p.m. at the MAC.

Willmar bolted to a 2-0 lead in the first two minutes on goals by Liam Johnston and Grant Schow but Landon Peterson's goal in the second period turned out to be the game-winner as the Sabres (17-9-1) battled back.

In another strong performance, Cardinal goalie Christian Yrttimaa stopped 29 of 31 Sartell shots.

Litchfield/DC hockey advances to finals

ST. PETER -- Hutchinson scored the game's first two goals but Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato ran the board scoring four times to oust the No. 2 seed Saturday 4-2 and advance to the boys Section 3A title game.

The Dragons (16-10-1) will meet New Ulm, which ousted Marshall, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Gustavus Adolphus.

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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