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Boys hockey: Tigers eliminate Dragons

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton The Dragons’ Ethan Niemela is poke-checked by Hutchinson’s Logan Goosen, left, in the first period with L.J. Rogers retreating to mid-ice during the first period in the Section 3A quarterfinals on Thursday in Litchfield.

LITCHFIELD — Hutchinson’s Matthew Cowger had two goals and an assist, and the Tigers knocked off Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 3-2 in the Section 3A quarterfinals on Thursday in Litchfield.

The Tigers (6-19) took the lead when Keegan Maceman, assisted by Cowger, put one in at 12:30 in the first period.

Cowger gave Hutchinson a cushion in the second, scoring at 0:40 and 3:04 to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.

Ethan Niemela and Ryan Romanen scored later in the period for LDC to make it 3-2.

Braeden Wahl had 48 saves in the net for the Dragons.

LDC finishes it season 9-17 overall.

Hutchinson 3, Litchfield/DC 2

Hutchinson (6-19)    1  2  0 — 3

LDC (9-17)    0  2  0 — 2

FIRST PERIOD – H: Keegan Maceman (Matthew Cowger) 12:30

SECOND PERIOD – H: Cowger (Tory Adams) 0:40, H: Cowger (Adams, Cody Nielson) 3:04, L: Ethan Niemela (Reid Nelson, Kent Ryynanen) 8:09, L: Ryan Romanen (Mike Spreiter, Aaron Haataja) 14:05

THIRD PERIOD – no scoring

GOALIE SAVES – Hutchinson: Kellyn Buss 32 … LDC: Braeden Wahl 48