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Girls hockey: Otters shut out Cardinals 4-0

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar forward Alex Sobieck fires the puck behind the leg of a Fergus Falls defender in the second period Tuesday at the Cardinal Arena in Willmar.

WILLMAR — Fergus Falls’ Stephanie Kolstad scored 15 seconds into the game and the Otters blanked the Willmar Cardinals 4-0 on Tuesday in Willmar.

“Fergus Falls came to ready to play,” Willmar head coach JaColby Anderson said. “They won races to the puck and they were taking a lot of shots on net.”

The Otters made 47 shots with Willmar goalie Madison Sandberg saving 43 of them.

“Madi had a heck of a game,” Anderson said. “She’s the reason the game was close.”

Kolstad scored again in the second period, as did Sydney Kuehl, and Lauren Norgren put in the Otters’ fourth goal at 1:14 in the third period.

The Cardinals fell to 0-3 in the Central Lakes Conference and 5-3 overall. They play River Lakes on Thursday in Paynesville.

Willmar 4, Fergus Falls 0

Fergus Falls (2-2, 5-5)    1  2  1 — 4

Willmar (0-3, 5-3)    0  0  0 — 0

FIRST PERIOD – F: Stephanie Kolstad (Megan Odland, Sydney Kuehl) 0:15

SECOND PERIOD – F: Kolstad (Kuehl) 7:23, F: Kuehl (Megan Niblock, Odland) 16:29

THIRD PERIOD – F: Lauren Norgren 1:14

GOALIE SAVES – Fergus Falls: Jordie Salwei 27 … Willmar: Madison Sandberg 43