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Grant Schow, who scored Willmar's first two goals, maneuvers the puck away from Mike Morales of Benson/Morris Area in the offensive zone during the second period at Benson on Tuesday. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Willmar starts out with rout


BENSON -- For the second opener in a row, the Willmar Cardinals had too much firepower for Morris/Benson Area, winning 7-1 on Tuesday at the arena in Benson.

Grant Schow, a sophomore marking his varsity debut, got Willmar off to a 2-0 lead with back-to-back goals in the first period.

Two years ago, the Storm beat Willmar 8-5 on the Benson ice.

Last year the Cardinals won 9-2, but then dropped the next seven contests before Christmas.

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