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Boys hockey: McKechney takes over as LDC coach as Olson remains with sons

LITCHFIELD — Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato head boys hockey coach Chris Olson will remain at North Memorial Hospital with his injured sons, Ty and Braden, as the Dragons return to action Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. hosting Orono.

Assistant coach Craig McKechney is guiding the team this week, reports Lyle Diekmann for the Litchfield Independent Review. McKechney was the LDC head coach from 1998-2002. Olson was hired in 2003.

Olson and his sons were injured in a car accident returning from Minneapolis on Jan. 3. Olson received leg injuries and is using a wheelchair to get about. First-grader Ty remains in the ICU but is making steady progress, according to the CaringBridge page. Third-grader Braden got out of the ICU Monday but remains hospitalized.

“Everybody who frequents that arena knows who Ty and Braden are, that’s for sure,” McKechney said. “Those kids are a big part of youth hockey and the high school team …. They certainly will be missed by everybody.”

Late Thursday

Sauk Rapids 7,

River Lakes 0

Sauk Rapids (4-4, 7-5).........1  4  2 — 7

River Lakes (1-5, 5-7)...........0  0  0 — 0

FIRST PERIOD – SR: Travis Kothenbeutel :40

SECOND PERIOD – SR: Ryan Ruter 2:48 … SR: Brandon Duray 3:18 … SR: Luke Althaus 7:23 … SR: Kothenbeutel 14:24

THIRD PERIOD – SR: Ross Chapa 4:53 … SR: Matt Meyer 11:15

GOALIE SAVES – Sauk Rapids: Bill Mortenson 23-23 … River Lakes: TrevorMeed 55-48