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Boys hockey: Sabres overtake Cards

SARTELL — After a blazing start, the Willmar Cardinals couldn’t hold off the Sartell Sabres at Bernicks Arena and suffered a 4-2 Central Lakes Conference loss.

The Cardinals came out raining 16 shots on Sabres netkeeper Carter Kasianov. Two got by: Joey Lee at 12:01 and Hunter Mottinger at 13:22.

But the Sabres retaliated in the middle frame skating off four Willmar power plays while planting two pucks in the Cardinals net, guarded by Jacob Anderson, for a 2-all tie.

The Sabres had just skated off a five-minute major that ended in the first minute of the third period when a Willmar penalty put them on the power play. Spencer Zwiener converted the opportunity for a 3-2 Sabres’ edge at 2:09.

“We really came out great in the first period,” Cardinals’ head coach Dan Tollefson said. “(Sartell) kind of got some momentum. If we could’ve made a couple more plays we could’ve had it.”

The home team continued to out-quick the Cardinals and padded the lead in the 11th minute, Keenan Lund scoring from an extreme angle for a 4-2 lead, the final margin.

Willmar outshot the Sabres 25 to 10.

The Cardinals are again on the road Saturday for a first-time meeting with the Luverne Cardinals, a Section 3A foe.

Sartell-St. Stephen 4, Willmar 2

Willmar (2-4, 6-6)              2  0  0 — 2

Sartell-SS (3-3, 7-6)          0  2  2 — 4

FIRST PERIOD – Wil: Joey Lee (Ryan Woltjer, Cole Hagen) 12:01 .. Wil: Hunter Mottinger 13:22

SECOND PERIOD – Sar: Matt Ringhand 7:56 … Sar: Matt Moran 11:09

THIRD PERIOD – Sar: Spencer Zwiener (Aaron Randall, Bret Thompson) 2:09, pp … Sar:   Keenan Lund (Moran, Cullen Chisholm) 10:11

GOALIE SAVES – Willmar: Jacob Anderson 3-4-3-10 … Sartell: Carter Kasianov 14-7-4-25