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Willmar foiled by SSR, 3-1

Willmar's Meckenzie Dahle, right, guides the puck down the boards while chased by Rose Wenck of Sartell/Sauk Rapids in the second period Monday at the Civic Center in Willmar. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton1 / 2
Willmar right wing Jennie Mattison carries the puck through the neutral zone during the second period at the Civic Center in Willmar on Monday. She would score the Cardinals' only goal in the third period. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton2 / 2

WILLMAR -- Sartell/Sauk Rapids scored twice in the first period to hold off Willmar 3-1 in Central Lakes Conference girls hockey Monday.

Nina Jacobson and Kendra Rasmussen scored a goal each in the span of 1:40 to give Sartell/SR a 2-0 lead.

Willmar's Jennie Mattison scored the Cardinals' only goal at 6:58 in the third on assists from Erin Sheehan and Sam Block. Baylie Young had 12 saves in the Willmar net.

Sartell/SR was coming off back-to-back losses to northern powerhouse teams Roseau and Warroad last weekend. Both games ended with 2-1 scores.

Sartell/SR also beat Willmar 3-1 in the first meeting on Jan. 5 in Sartell.

Willmar (2-7-2, 10-10-2) wraps up the regular season Thursday at Fergus Falls.

The Section 2A tournament will begin Feb. 11. The top two seeds will get a first-round bye and play Feb. 13.

Sartell/SR 3, Willmar 1

Sartell/SR (7-3-1, 15-8-1) 2 0 1 -- 1

Willmar (2-7-2, 10-10-2) 0 0 1 -- 3

FIRST PERIOD - SSR: Nina Jacobson (Nikki Kothenbeutel, Kendra Rasmussen) 6:00 ... SRR: Rasmussen (unassisted) sh, 7:40

SECOND PERIOD - no scoring

THIRD PERIOD - SSR: Kothenbeutel (unassisted) ... Wil: Jennie Mattison (Erin Sheehan, Sam Block) 6:58

GOALIE SAVES - Sartell/Sauk Rapids: Erin Deters 17 ... Willmar: Baylie Young 12