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Boys hockey: Stahnke is right at home 30 years later

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar sophomore forward Riley Grabow, who would score the Cardinals’ second goal, attempts to redirect a puck to the Park Rapids/WA net and is checked by Kiefer Miller (15) in the first period Saturday in Willmar.

WILLMAR — Peter Stahnke returned to the building where he lettered four years for the Cardinals hockey team on Saturday evening.

His last year in a Willmar jersey, 1983, he helped the Cardinals win the first of four Central Lakes Conference championships in the 1980s.

Thirty years later he won again at the Civic Center. Actually, his Park Rapids/Walker Area Panthers were the winners, beating Stahnke’s former team 4-2.

Stahnke stood stoically behind the bench showing little emotion throughout.

Before the game at a small reception, he told former teammates and several of their parents that “I don’t say much [before the game]; they don’t listen. Just go play. Just play.”

Which is what the Panthers did to extend their unbeaten streak to seven games after an opening loss (5-0) to No. 3 Class A-ranked East Grand Forks.

Willmar struck first with sophomore Isaac Kobienia sailing down the bench side and uncorking a shot from the right circle that clanked off the near pipe to beat Panther minder Cody Brumbaugh in just the second minute.

But the senior goalkeeper had just one other debit  — that by Riley Grabow off a scrum on Brumbaugh’s right doorstep in the second period that tied the game 2-2.

The Panthers took advantage of the game’s first penalty (one of only two in the game) to score the go-ahead goal just 70 seconds later at 15:25, for the permanent lead.

Sophomore Nick Revier got his second start and made some fine saves while facing 20 shots.

Willmar, which outshot the visitors 40 to 20, finished the week 0-3 losing those three games by a combined four goals, not counting an empty netter and with starting goalie Levi Goosmann not in uniform with a broken thumb.

Willmar is at the three-day Little Falls Invite starting Thursday against Hutchinson.

Park Rapids/WA 4, Willmar 2

Park Rapids/WA (6-1-1)  1  2  1 — 4

Willmar (4-4)      1  1  0 — 2

FIRST PERIOD – Wil: Isaac Kobienia (Hunter Mottinger) 1:15 … PRW: Connor Kennedy (Jamie Stewart) 7:36

SECOND PERIOD – PRW: Noah MacPherson (Chase Brand) 4:11 …. Wil: Riley Grabow (TJ Mattison, Tyler Pendill) 14:06 … PRM: Drew Bade (Kiefer Miller, Luke Jaeger) 15:25, pp

THIRD PERIOD – PRW: Raul Garcia (Jamie Stewart, Matt DeLaHunt) 13:34

GOALIE SAVES – Park Rapids/Walker: Cody Brumbaugh 15-10-13-38 … Willmar: Nick Revier 5-5-6

Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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