Boys Hockey: Sauk Rapids clips Willmar
WILLMAR -- A slow start and too many penalties caught up to the Willmar boys hockey team Thursday in a 4-1 Central Lakes Conference loss to Sauk Rapids.
The Cardinals (5-3, 10-5) got off only three shots and committed three of its eight penalties in the first period.
The win is the seventh straight for Sauk Rapids (6-3, 8-7-1).
Willmar beat the Storm 2-1 Dec. 10 at Sauk Rapids.
The second penalty resulted in the first score of the game, a power-play goal by the Storm's Ethan Prow. Michael Rutar scored on a breakaway about 2½ minutes later to put Willmar in a 2-0 hole.
"That got us off to a bad start and it caught up to us in the end," Willmar coach Dan Tollefson said of the penalties.
In the second period, the Cardinals warmed up a little and scored their only goal with 3:18 left, courtesy of Grant Schow from Liam Johnston.
Penalties ruled the final period as the teams were whistled for eight infractions. Sauk Rapids scored two more goals, both by Eric Peckskamp.
"With that many penalties, it was hard to get anything going," Tollefson noted.
Sauk Rapids 4, Willmar 1
Sauk Rapids (6-3, 8-7-1) 2 0 2 -- 4
Willmar (5-3, 10-5) 0 1 0 -- 1
FIRST PERIOD - SR: Ethan Prow (unassisted) pp, 12:06 ... SR: Mike Rutar (unassisted) 14:32
SECOND PERIOD - Wil: Grant Schow (Liam Johnston) 13:42
THIRD PERIOD - SR: Eric Peckskamp (Brett DeGagne, Rutar) 5:05 ... SR: Peckskamp (Adam Wippler, Eric Anderson) 10:46
GOALIE SAVES - Sauk Rapids: Eric Johnson 19 ... Willmar: Ben Leitch 29
LDC 4, River Lakes 1
Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato (9-5-0) led 3-0 before River Lakes got on the scoreboard on Tanner Anderson's even-strength goal. Nate Adams, Chase Danielson, Andy Haataja and Quinn Impola each netted a goal for LDC.
Bryce Johnson made 21 saves to pick up the win as LDC outshoot River Lakes 43-22.
River Lakes (5-10-1) 0 0 1 -- 1
Litchfield/DC (9-5-0) 1 0 3 -- 4
FIRST PERIOD - LDC: Nate Adams (Andy Haataja) 8:38
SECOND PERIOD - no scoring
THIRD PERIOD - LDC: Chase Danielson (Eric Kivisto, Haataja) 2:13 ... LDC: Haataja (Adams, Brett Raisanen) 7:05 (pp) ... RL: Tanner Anderson (Devon Savage, Joe Grotsun) 12:06 ... LDC: Quinn Impola (Raisanen) 16:55
GOALIE SAVES - River Lakes: Tyler Sieben 39 ... Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato: Bryce Johnson 21
MBA 4, Marshall 3
Kelly Engquist's third-period goal gave the Storm a 4-2 lead. Marshall's C.J. Haukom scored with 3:51 left, but MBA held on for the win.
Tyler Hansen scored twice for the Storm in the second period. Alex Sinclair had 28 saves.
MBA (5-1,6-8) 1 2 1 -- 4
Marshall (5-3, 7-10) 1 1 1 -- 3
FIRST PERIOD - Mar: Evan Vanderziel (C.J. Haukom, Brian Willett) pp, 11:23 ... MBA: Tanner Picht (Kelly Engquist, Mac Beyer) pp, 13:40
SECOND PERIOD - MBA: Tyler Hansen (Picht, Beyer) 2:05 ... MBA: Tyler Hansen (Picht) pp, 6:06 ... Mar: Dereck Deutz (Jamison Bartz) 7:57
THIRD PERIOD - MBA: Engquist (Jake Manska, Luke Schwarz) 9:53 ... Mar: Haukom (Willett) 13:09
GOALIE SAVES - Morris/Benson Area: Alex Sinclair 28 ... Marshall: Andy Noble 18