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Boys Hockey Roundup: Cardinals trip up Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS — Hunter Mottinger had a four-point evening and the Willmar Cardinals tipped the Little Falls Flyers 6-2 on Friday at the three-day Flyers Invite.

Mottinger scored back-to-back powerplay goals in the third period and had two assists, the first to Evan VanDenEinde for the game’s first score and later aiding Isaac Kobienia’s second-period goal for a 3-0 Willmar lead.

“We played three solid periods,” said Willmar coach Dan Tollefson. “Nick Revier [17 saves] had another nice game. We don’t get a lot of wins against the Flyers up here so it was nice. They are better than their record.”

Saturday at 2 p.m., Willmar (6-4) takes on Mound Westonka (5-4-1), which lost to Hutchinson in the second round. Willmar is 2-0, Mound and Hutch 1-1 and the Flyers 0-2 in the tournament.

Willmar 6, Little Falls 2

Willmar (6-4)      2 1 3 — 6

Little Falls (1-10)               0 1 1 — 2

FIRST PERIOD – Wil: Evan VanDenEindie (Tyler Pendill, Hunter Mottinger) 13:58, pp … Wil: Cole Hagen (Ryan  Woltjer, Buzzy Tollefson) 2:11

SECOND PERIOD – Wil: Isaac Kobienia (VanDenEinde, Mottinger) 7:10 … LF: Connor Jorgenson (Austin Fenske) 16:46, pp

THIRD PERIOD – LF: Mack Anez (Dave Peterson) 15:48, pp … Wil: Mottinger (Hagen, Riley Grabow) 10:38, pp … Wil: Mottinger (Nate Ackerman) 8:19, pp … Wil: Joey Lee sh 3:26

GOALIE SAVES – Willmar: Nick Revier 5-6-6-17 … Little Falls: Ezra Spandl 7-6-9-22

Granite City Showcase

Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake 8, River Lakes 3

(At St. Cloud) — The Stars had two power play goals and trailed just 4-3 at 12:39 of the second period, but the Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake Moose went on a four-goal rampage while shutting down the Stars. Four of the Moose goals came on man-advantage.

Eric Zimmer, Connor Beltz and Grant Thompson scored for River Lakes.

Monticello (6-4)                2 3 3—8

River Lakes (5-5)               0 3 0—3

FIRST PERIOD – M: Mason Vetsch (Colton Jones, Brooke Evans) 3:34, pp … M: Jones (Evans, Mark Rieger-Borer) 16:08

SECOND PERIOD – RL: Connor Beltz (Eric Zimmer) 1:14, pp … RL: Beltz (Zimmer) 1:41 … M: Sam Johnson 3:04 … M: Johnson 3:47 … RL: Grant Thompson (Beltz, Zimmer) 12:39, pp … M: Nick Johnson (Tyler Mros) 16:06, pp

THIRD PERIOD – M: Spencer Nelson (Vetsch, Evans) 1;06, pp … M: Jones (Vetsch) 4:33 … M: Reiger-Borer (Jones) 14:43, pp

GOALIE SAVES – Monticello: Darien Jones 26-23 … River Lakes: Trevor Meed 49-41