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Willmar follows long skid with third straight win

WILLMAR -- The Willmar girls hockey team improved its winning streak to three games with a 4-1 non-conference victory over Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato Thursday.

The Cardinals (7-15) took advantage of Dragon penalties in each period to score a goal.

After Caroline Kivisto pocketed a shot 11 seconds into the game to put LDC ahead 1-0, Ali Sing of Willmar scored on a power play to tie the game.

Meckensie Dahle scored with 1:40 left in the period to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead.

In the second, Jennie Mattison made the Dragons pay for a penalty by scoring 4:08 into the period.

And in the third, Rebecca Freese netted an unassisted, power play goal at the 5:29 mark.

The Cardinals peppered LDC goalie Erin Wegner with 40 shots on goal, while Willmar's defense kept the Dragons' shot total to 18. Baylie Young made 17 saves.

Willmar 4, Litchfield/DC 1

LDC (3-17) 1 0 0 -- 1

Willmar (6-14) 2 1 1 -- 4

FIRST PERIOD - LDC: Caroline Kivisto (Makenzie Anderson, Brittney Berning), :11 ... Wil: Alexandra Sing (unassisted), pp, 8:57 ... Wil: Meckensie Dahle (Kendra Maxfield, Chelsey Wierschem), 15:20

SECOND PERIOD - Wil: Jennie Mattison (Taylor Sandberg, Samantha Thompson), pp, 4:08

THIRD PERIOD - Rebecca Freese (unassisted), pp, 5:29

GOALIE SAVES - Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato: Erin Wegner 11-10-15-36 ... Willmar: Baylie Young 4-6-7-17