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Boys Hockey: River Lakes tops Cards 4-1

Tribune photo by Tom Larson River Lakes' Austin Athmann (18) and Matt Kissner, and Willmar's Tyler Pendill (20) all try and gain control of the puck during the first period on Thursday at Koronis Civic Center.

Tribune Staff Report

PAYNESVILLE -- Austin Athmann scored the hat trick to lead River Lakes to a 4-1 win over Willmar during Senior Night for the Stars on Thurday at the Koronis Civic Center.

Mitch Ejnik scored the Stars' other goal on an assist from Athmann. Jake Herges had two assists and Tanner Anderson and Cameron Hedman also had assists for the Stars (12-8).

River Lakes' goalie Joachim Speldrich made 22 saves.

Hunter Schneider helped Willmar (7-12) avoid the shutout with a third period goal on assists from Trey Tollefson and Graham Dahl.

The Cardinals play Prairie Center at 7 p.m. Saturday at Cardinal Arena, and the Stars play at Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato at 7 p.m. Saturday.

River Lakes 4, Willmar 1

Willmar (7-12) 0 0 1 -- 1

River Lakes (12-8) 1 1 2 -- 4

FIRST PERIOD - R: Austin Athmann (Jake Herges, Tanner Anderson) 11:42

SECOND PERIOD - R: Mitch Ejnik (Athmann) 4:06 pp

THIRD PERIOD - R: Athmann (Cameron Hedman) 5:26 ... W: Hunter Schneider (Trey Tollefson, Graham Dahl) 6:23 ... R: Athmann (Herges) 12:35 pp

GOALIE SAVES - Willmar: Derek Baker 15 ... River Lakes: Joachim Speldrich 22