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Boys hockey roundup: Willmar sinks Fergus Falls

Tribune photo by Brooke Kern Willmar’s Hunter Schneider makes a move around Fergus Falls’ Joe Nathe to advance down the ice Thursday at the Willmar Civic Center’s Cardinal Arena.

WILLMAR — Hunter Mottinger scored twice and the Willmar Cardinals picked up their first Central Lakes Conference win with a 5-1 victory over Fergus Falls on Thursday in Willmar.

Mottinger put the Cardinals (1-6-1, 8-7-1) on the board quickly with a goal 3 minutes into the first period. Preston Peterson scored at 12:05 to give the Cardinals a 2-0 cushion.

Evan VanDenEide and Ryan Woltjer scored a goal each in the second period, and Mottinger put in his second at 3:38 in the third.

Tyler Pendill and Trey Tollefson each contributed two assists.

“We got something from every line,” Cardinals’ head coach Dan Tollefson said. “Our defensemen moved the puck well.”

Willmar goalie Joey Benson was 32-for-33 on shots on goal, not allowing a score until 8:09 in the third period to the Otters’ Kyler Peterson.

The Cardinals travel to the Iron Range next, with a game at Eveleth-Gilbert 7 p.m. today and Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl 3 p.m. Saturday.

Willmar 5, Fergus Falls 1

Fergus Falls (2-5-2, 8-6-3)    0  0  1 — 1

Willmar (1-6-1, 8-7-1)    2  2  1 — 5

FIRST PERIOD – W: Hunter Mottinger (Sam Roberts) 3:00, W: Preston Peterson (Hunter Schneider, Trey Tollefson) 12:05

SECOND PERIOD – W: Evan VanDenEide (Tollefson) 10:39, W: Ryan Woltjer (Peterson, Tyler Pendill) 13:46

THIRD PERIOD – W: Mottinger (Pendill) 3:38, F: Kyler Peterson 8:09

GOALIE SAVES – Fergus Falls: Ian Bjorgum 23, Andrew McFarlane 3 … Willmar: Joey Benson 32

Brainerd 7,

River Lakes 1

Matt Kissner scored the lone goal for River Lakes in the Stars 7-1 loss to Brainerd.

The Warriors pounded in 60 shots on goal against just 15 from the Stars.

River Lakes (4-6, 7-10)........0  0  1 — 1

Brainerd (7-2, 12-4).............2  4  1 — 7

FIRST PERIOD – B: Reno Fussy (Cole Smith) 3:46, B: Logan Rivard (Jed Rusk, Smith) 16:47

SECOND PERIOD – B: Smith (Jacob Ellingson, Christopher Pohlkamp) 4:24, B: Rivard (Thomas Stoxen, Smith) 10:45, B: Matt Blanch (Adam Fischer) 11:54, B: Alexander Mimmack 15:33

THIRD PERIOD – R: Matt Kissner (Reed Pfannenstein, Austin Stone) 1:15, B: Blanch (Fischer, Smith) 4:26

GOALIE SAVES – River Lakes: Chris Skluzacek 53 … Brainerd: Jared Rubado 5, Kyle Helmberger 9


Marshall 5, Morris/Benson 2

Mac Beyer and Andrew Rentz scored for the Morris/Benson Area Storm at the Lyons County Arena.

MBA     0  1  1 — 2

Marshall     1  3  1 — 5

FIRST PERIOD – Mar: Corey Clark (Adam Mc Vey) 9:47

SECOND PERIOD – Mar: Quinn Horvath (Leo Zerr, Beau Mikel) 5:27 … MBA: Mac Beyer (Tanner Picht) 5:49 … Mar: Casper Larsen 12:59 … Mar: Mikel (Zerr,

Ben Brewster

Ben Brewster covers the Willmar Stingers and other area sports, as well as laying out the daily sports section cover for the West Central Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @benbrewster.

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