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Boys hockey: Tech hands Cardinals another one-goal loss

ST. CLOUD — Willmar locked up in another close game but again came up short at the horn, falling to St. Cloud Tech 2-1 on Tuesday.

Justin Oberg’s goal, assisted by Riley Bates, at 2:44 of the third broke a 1-1 tie that existed since the 8:06 mark of the first stanza.

“It was a good game,” Cardinals’ head coach Dan Tollefson said. “Close game. We had a couple chances where we didn’t capitalize and they just happened to get that one in the third that was the game-winner.”

Four of Willmar’s last five games have been decided by a goal; this was the third lost in that string.

Zech Streed put Willmar up 1-0 in the tilt’s fifth minutes, with a helper by Hunter Schneider. Austin Keller’s marker four minutes later knotted the score.

Fast, tight and free-skated with a minimum of penalties, the game was played on the rink at the National Hockey Center on the St. Cloud State campus.

Shots were near event at 24-23 with the edge to the Tigers (10-3, 13-8). Joey Benson stopped 22 of 24 shots in the Willmar cage.

Willmar (2-10-1, 12-11-1) now has eight days before playing its final game on the schedule, at Sartell on Feb. 14.

St. Cloud Tech 2, Willmar 1

Willmar (2-10-1, 12-11-1)    1  0  0 — 2

SC Tech (10-3, 13-8)    1  0  1 — 1

FIRST PERIOD – Wil: Zech Streed (Hunter Schneider) 44:16 … SCT: Austin Keller (Tanner Skaja, Matt Brettingen) 8:07x

SECOND PERIOD – no scoring

THIRD PERIOD – SCT: Justin Oberg (Riley Bates) 2:44

GOALIE SAVES – Willmar: Joey Benson 24-22 … St. Cloud Tech: Austin Althaus 23-22