WILLMAR — Willmar senior Sam Christoffer celebrated Senior Night with a flurry of points in the Cardinals’ 6-2 win over Becker on Tuesday at Hodapp Field.
Christoffer tallied three goals and two assists to help carry the team to victory.
Cardinals’ seniors, including forward Ellary Lange and goalie Ella Swenson, also contributed to the victory.
Lange recorded two goals and an assist, Swenson saved four of the Bulldogs’ six shot attempts.
“Tonight was really fun,” Cardinal coach Amanda Sellner said. “We were able to capitalize on a lot of our opportunities that we had so it was fun to put the ball in the net.”
Sellner added the victory is going to the seniors.
“For this big group of seniors to go out with a home win like that, it was just really fun.”
Keianna Hillenbrand scored the Cardinals first goal of the game with an assist by Ellery Lange in the 14th minute followed by Christoffer scoring a minute later.
Lange scored the Cardinals’ final goal in the period with a penalty kick and scored the first goal in the second half with an assist by Fernanda Ossa Letelier in the 41st minute.
Lange assisted Christoffer in the 44th minute before Becker scored its first goal in the 47th minute.
Christoffer sealed the hat trick with a goal in the 70th minute, followed by Becker scoring a final goal on a penalty kick for the final goal of the match.
Aside from the night being senior night, the Cardinals looked at Tuesday’s match as being a key match to win with the regular season coming to a close.
“This was really huge to us. In our section we’ve played three section teams and now we’re 1-1-1 against them,” Sellner said. “It puts us in good seeding position coming into this weekend. Hopefully we can pull out a home section meet after this.”
Willmar closes out its regular season in Rocori at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday.
Willmar 6, Becker 2
Becker (1-8-4)................. 0 2 — 2
Willmar (8-4-2)...................3 3 — 6
FIRST HALF – (1) W: Keianna Hillenbrand (Ellery Lange) 14th minute … (2) W: Sam Christoffer 15th minute … (3) Lange PK 32nd minute.
SECOND HALF – (1) Lange (Fernanda Ossa Letelier) 41st minute … (2) Christoffer (Lange) 44th minute ... (3) B: Kennedy Russin (unavailable) 47th minute … (4) W: Christoffer 70th minute … (5) B: unavailable PK.
SHOTS ON GOAL – B: 6. W: 13
GOALIE SAVES – B: unavailable, 6 … W: Ella Swenson, 4
Minnewaska 6, Melrose 0
Ethan Quelle scored Minnewaska’s first four goals in its victory over Melrose at Glenwood.
Hunter Kloos got the shutout in goal for the Lakers. Minnewaska head coach Ted Hill credited Kloos’ smart play for preventing any shots from being fired on goal. He also gave a nod to his volunteer assistant Tony Feigum, who is a former goalkeeper.
“Hunter saved himself some headaches by coming off his line,” Hill said. “He worked well with his defenders and he played a good strategic game.”
Minnewaska’s regular-season finale is 6:30 p.m. Friday at home against Fergus Falls.
Melrose (0-10-0)......................... 0 0 — 0
Minnewaska (7-5-0)................... 2 4 — 6
FIRST HALF – (1) Min: Ethan Quelle (Blake Nelson) 10th minute … (2) Min: Quelle (free kick), 14th minute
SECOND HALF – (3) Min: Quelle (Ike Koenig) 42nd minute … (4) Min: Quelle (Nelson) 47th minute … (5) Min: Tate Reichmann (Genaro Contreras Mondragon) 49th minute … (6) Min: Damon Uhde (Reichmann) 56th minute
SHOTS ON GOAL – Mel: 0. Min: 34
GOALIE SAVES – Mel: Alexis Ambriz Becerra, 28 saves … Min: Hunter Kloos, 0 saves