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Willmar girls advance to section hockey final

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WILLMAR - Three Willmar goals in the middle frame broke open a 1-1 game and sent the Cardinals into the Section 2A girls hockey final on Thursday at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter after a 5-2 victory over Mankato East/Loyola.

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Jennie Mattison scored the go-ahead goal on a Willmar powerplay with 3:15 gone in the second period at the Cardinal Arena on Saturday afternoon. Five different players notched goals for Willmar. Baylie Young stopped 26 shots in the Willmar cage.

Willmar (11-11-2), the top seed, will play No. 3 Hutchinson, which eliminated Mankato West 4-3 Saturday night in Mankato.

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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. 

(320) 214-4334
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