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Boys hockey roundup: Willmar defeats WDC to open playoffs

Willmar's Cole Hagen scores the fourth of seven Cardinals' first-period goals against Wadena-Deer Creek in the opening game of the Section 6A playoffs on Saturday at Cardinal Arena. Tribune photo by Tom Larson.

The Willmar boys hockey team will play Alexandria on Tuesday after opening the Section 6A playoffs with a 10-1 home win over Wadena-Deer Creek on Saturday.

The Cardinals scored seven first-period goals against the Wolverines and outshot WDC 46-14.

Hunter Schneider scored four goals and six other players also found the net for the the Cardinals, who now play the section's No. 2-seed Alexandria at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Alexandria.

Wadena-Deer Creek really had no chance after about the first 10 minutes. Willmar scored nine seconds into the game, then added two goals over the next nine minutes.

Schneider had hit hat trick before the game was 15 minutes old.

Willmar 10,

Wadena-Deer Creek 1

Wadena-Deer Creek..........0 1 0 -- 1

Willmar..............................7 2 1 -- 10

FIRST PERIOD - W: Zech Streed (Hunter Schneider, Joey Lee) 0:09 ... W: Schneider (Streed, Lee) 7:24 ... W: Cam Swenson (Matt Eddy) 9:11 ... W: Cole Hagen (Chris Odens) 12:14 ... W: Schneider (Streed) 13:42 ... W: Schneider 14:54 pp ... Graham Dahl (Swenson) 15:31

SECOND PERIOD - W: Hunter Mottinger (Preton Peterson, Schneider) 6:22 pp ... W: Schneider (Streed) 11:10 ... WDC: Mike Paavola (Mitchell Swanson) 12:05

THIRD PERIOD - W: Eddy 14:00

GOALIE SAVES - WDC: Wesley Janson 36 ... W: Derek Baker 13

River Lakes 3,

Northern Lakes 2 2OT

PAYNESVILLE -- Tanner Anderson's goal at 4:49 of the second overtime lifted River Lakes to a 3-2 win over Northern Lakes in the Section 8AA playoffs on Saturday.

The Stars are into the second round of the playoffs at Bemidji on Tuesday.

River Lakes rebounded from a two-goal first-period deficit to tie the game on two short-handed goals from Reed Pfannenstein.

After the first period, however, River Lakes' goalie Chris Skluzacek and Northern Lakes' Joey Bergquist combined to make 75 saves.

Northern Lakes..........2 0 0 0 0 -- 2

River Lakes.................2 0 0 0 1 -- 3

FIRST PERIOD - NL: Andy Sorben (Gaven Bickford, Connor Chambers) 7:56 pp ... NL: Kegan Couture (Sorben, Kyle Narveson) 8:58 ... RL: Reed Pfannenstein (Mitch Ejnik) 10:58 sh ... RL: Pfannenstein (16:27) sh

SECOND PERIOD - No scoring

THIRD PERIOD - No scoring

GOALIE SAVES - NL: Joey Bergquist 43 ... RL: Chris Skluzacek 32

Morris-Benson Area 4, Prairie Centre 1

The Storm defeated Prairie Centre in a Section 6A boys hockey game on Saturday.

The Storm advances to play at Little Falls on Tuesday.

No other information about the game was available.