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Boys Hockey: Willmar snaps three-game skid

WILLMAR -- Three power-play goals helped Willmar get back on track as the Cardinals and Keifer Dahle shut out St. Cloud Apollo 5-0 Tuesday in a Central Lakes Conference boys hockey game.

The Cardinals hadn't won yet in three games this year after opening the season in 2009 8-1. But Willmar (4-2, 9-4) took care of business against Apollo (0-7, 2-11) to pick up its ninth win of the season. Keifer had 15 saves as Willmar outshot the Eagles 31-15.

Tyler Bredesen opened the scoring for Willmar with an even-strength goal with just 3:28 left in the first period. The Cardinals outshot Apollo 12-4 in the period.

The Cardinals then erupted for three man-advantage goals in the second period with Grant Schow, Gabe Amon and Liam Johnston all finding the net for Willmar. Amon added an insurance goal midway through the third period.

"We had to get back to playing our game," said Willmar coach Dan Tollefson. "I think maybe we wore them out after the first period and things then opened up for us."

The Cardinals have a week off before hosting CLC rival Little Falls next Tuesday.

Willmar 5, SC Apollo 0

SC Apollo (0-7, 2-11)..........0 0 0 -- 0

Willmar (4-2, 9-4)................1 3 1 -- 5

FIRST PERIOD - Wil: Tyler Bredesen (Grant Schow) 13:32

SECOND PERIOD - Wil: Grant Schow (Paul Schrupp) 7:46 (pp) ... Wil: Gabe Amon (unassisted) 7:56 (pp) ... Wil: Liam Johnston (Jake Tone) 12:13 (pp)

THIRD PERIOD - Wil: Amon (Tone) 8:04

GOALIE SAVES - St. Cloud Apollo: Charlie Pentz 26 ... Willmar: Keifer Dahle 15

Sartell 6, River Lakes 2

Sartell (7-0-1, 8-3-2) led 4-0 before Dillon Hedman and Alex Wolff each scored power-play goals for River Lakes (1-5-1, 4-8-1) in the second period. The Sabres outshot the Stars 36-21.

River Lakes (1-5-1, 4-8-1)...0 2 0 -- 2

Sartell (7-0-1, 8-3-2)............3 1 2 -- 6

FIRST PERIOD - Sar: Ryan Nahan (Sean Mann) 2:39 ... Sar: Andrew Worzala (Austin Plaine, Nicholas Zierden) 6:18 ... Sar: Matthew Nahan (Andrew Deters, Austin Guggenberger) 10:11

SECOND PERIOD - Sar: Plaine (Worzala) 6:27 ... RL: Dillon Hedman (Joe Griffin) 8:50 (pp) ... RL: Alex Wolff (Mitchell Meed) 14:18 (pp)

THIRD PERIOD - Sar: Zierden (Plaine, R. Nahan) :19 (pp) ... Sar: Blake Guggenberger (Brandon Kruse) 6:00

GOALIE SAVES - River Lakes: Tyler Sieben 30 ... Sartell: Alex Halupczok 19