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Willmar girls outskate Morris/Benson Area

<b>T.J. Bartelt</b> Dani Schultz, right, of Morris/Benson, Ali Sing, center, and Samantha Thompson of Willmar battle for a loose puck during the Cardinal Classic championship girls hockey game Saturday in Willmar.

WILLMAR - Willmar got goals from four different players and goalie Baylie Young stopped 29 shots as the Cardinals defeated Morris/Benson Area 4-2 to win their own invitational Saturday.

Rebecca Freese, KyLee Hulscher, Kenzie Dahl and Ali Sing notched goals for Willmar (2-2). Kelly Mahoney scored both Storm (4-1) goals.

The Cardinals limited scoring opportunties for MBA's high-scoring lines, including 100-goal scorer Dani Schultz, who assisted on Mahoney's second goal to tie the score 2-2 late in the second period.

"Our defense played exceptional," said Cardinals coach Chad Akerson. "Baylie made the first saves and the defense cleaned out so (MBA) had very few second or third chances."

The go-ahead goal and the game winner came just 24 seconds apart in the sixth minute of the third frame, scored by Dahle and Sing.

Willmar 4, Morris/Benson 2

Morris/Benson 1 1 0 -- 2

Home 0 2 2 -- 4

FIRST PERIOD -- MBA: Kely Mahoney (Sara Rajewsky), 3:57

SECOND PERIOD -- Wil: Rebecca Freese (Sam Block), 7:40 ... Wil: KyLee Hulscher (Ali Sing), 13:12 ... MBA: Mahoney (Dani Schultz), 16:00

THIRD PERIOD - Wil: Kenzie Dahl (Freese, Erin Sheehan), 5:21 ... Wil: Sing (Sheehan), 5:45

GOALIE SAVES - Willmar: Baylie Young 9-6-14-29 ... Morris/Benson Area: Brooke Falk 8-9-7-24