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Prep hockey roundup: Willmar earns another victory

Willmar beats Hutchinson 4-2 in non-conference game

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HUTCHINSON — Since turning the calendar over to 2022, the Willmar girls hockey team has found new life.

Ending 2021 on a six-game losing streak, the Cardinals are now 3-1 in 2022 after securing a 4-2 non-conference win over Hutchinson on Tuesday at Burich Arena.

The Tigers had the lead after one period thanks to a goal from Jolynn Hauan.

In a one-minute span in the second, Willmar took a 2-1 lead. Sophia Quinn broke through with a goal at 8:31, with assists from Chloe Lownsbury and Ellie Petersen. Then at 9:31, Becca Dawson gave the Cardinals the lead with passes from Nina Dawson and Kessa Mara.

Forty-one seconds into the third, the Tigers tied it with a goal from Kohle Fitterer. Nina Dawson helped the Cardinals re-take the lead with a power-play goal at 4:56. Then with 2:12 remaining, Lownsbury provided an insurance goal that moved Willmar to 7-9-0.

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In net, Brynn Grieger made 13 saves for the Cardinals.

Willmar hosts Morris/Benson Area at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Willmar Civic Center.

Girls

Willmar 4, Hutchinson 2

Willmar (7-9) 0 2 2 — 4

Hutchinson (2-13-1) 1 0 1 — 2

FIRST PERIOD – (1) H: Jolynn Hauan (Lily Docken), 8:53.

SECOND PERIOD – (2) W: Sophia Quinn (Chloe Lownsbury, Lauren Eilers), 8:31 … (3) W: Becca Dawson (Nina Dawson, Kessa Mara), 9:31.

THIRD PERIOD – (4) H: Kohle Fitterer (Erin White, Ellie Petersen), 0:41 … (5) W: N. Dawson (Mara, B. Dawson), 4:56 PP … (6) W: Lownsbury (Eilers), 14:38.

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – Willmar: Brynn Grieger 13/15 … Hutchinson: Stella Docken 22/26.

River Lakes 5, Sartell/SR 2

Down 1-0 after a period to Sartell/Sauk Rapids, River Lakes rattled off four goals in the second period to pull away with a Central Lakes Conference win at Sports Arena East in Sauk Rapids.

Abby Storms got the Stars on the board at 6 minutes, 17 seconds of the second. Paige Blattner added a power-play goal to make it 2-1. Before the period was over, Jordyn Bebus tacked on a pair of scores to make it 4-2. Sophia Hess added an unassisted goal with 1:10 left in the third period.

In net, Kaydence Roeske had 28 saves for River Lakes and also helped the offense with an assist.

The Stars play Brainerd/Little Falls at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in Richmond.

River Lakes (9-8) 0 4 1 — 5

Sartell/Sauk Rapids (3-12) 1 1 0 — 2

FIRST PERIOD – (1) SSR: Kelly Carriere (unassisted) 8:13, SH.

SECOND PERIOD – (2) RL: Abby Storms (Jordyn Bebus), 6:17 … (3) RL : Paige Blattner (Kianna Roeske, Kaydence Roeske), 8:08 PP … (4) RL: Bebus (unassisted), 8:55 … (5) SSR: Tia Vogt (Erika Johnson), 13:14 PP … (6) RL: Bebus (Sophia Hess, Ki. Roeske), 16:24.

THIRD PERIOD – (7) RL: Hess (unassisted), 15:50.

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – RL: Ka. Roeske 28/30 … SSR: Morgan Dorn 37/41

M-W/SWC 10, Litchfield/D-C 1

Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato dropped to 0-2 in the Wright County Conference after a loss to No. 3-ranked (Class A) Mound-Westonka/Southwest Christian at the Thaler Hockey Arena in Mound.

Sydney Leonard, Montana Courneya, Greer Hardacre and Gretta Pioske each had two goals for the White Hawks.

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Getting the lone goal for the Dragons was Krista Tormanen at 13 minutes, 8 seconds of the second period.

Litchfield/D-C next plays at 7 p.m. Thursday at Waconia.

Litchfield/D-C (8-7) 0 1 0 — 1

M-W/SWC (13-4) 2 5 3 — 10

FIRST PERIOD – (1) MW: Emily Wendorf (Gretta Pioske), 12:42 … (2) MW: Montana Courneya (Tori Lacomy), 16:30.

SECOND PERIOD – (3) MW: Camryn Hargreaves (Courneya), 0:59 … (4) MW: Pioske (Courneya, Wendorf), 4:20 PP … (5) MW: Sydney Leonard (Wendorf), 5:53 … (6) MW: Greer Hardacre (unassiste), 7:13 … (7) MW: Hardacre (Pioske), 12:15 … (8) LDC: Krista Tormanen (Grace Braaten), 13:08.

THIRD PERIOD – (9) MW: Pioske (Courneya, Hardacre), 2:28 … (10) MW: Courneya (unassisted), 10:10 SH … (11) MW: Leonard (unassisted), 16:50 PP.

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – LDC: Janelle Quast 19/29 … M-W/SWC: Ashlyn Roth 15/16.

Boys

Sartell 15, Willmar 0

Sartell opened Tuesday’s Central Lakes Conference game with a six-goal first period. The Sabres never let up in a shutout victory over Willmar.

Sartell now moves to 5-0 in the CLC while the Cardinals drop to 0-4.

Parker Comstock finished with a hat trick for Sartell. Elliot Testa, Jack Schmitz, Tony Colatrella and Aiden Hilger each had two goals for the Sabres.

Willmar plays Morris/Benson Area at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Willmar Civic Center Arena.

Willmar (3-6) 0 0 0 — 0

Sartell (7-4) 6 3 6 — 15

FIRST PERIOD – (1) S: Elliot Testa (Troy Lund, Teddy McCabe) 2:54 … (2) S: Jack Schmitz (Billy Vogt) 4:35 … (3) S: Vogt (Parker Comstock, Baylor Stebbins) 7:16 … (4) S: Comstock (Carter Bollinger) 7:30 … (5) S: Tony Colatrella (Testa, Lund) 9:13 … (6) S: Aiden Hilger (Lucas Smith, Schmitz) 10:29.

SECOND PERIOD – (7) S: Lund (unassisted), 5:03 … (8) S: Comstock (Tommy Franke), 11:45 … (9) S: Hilger (Schmitz), 12:45.

THIRD PERIOD – (10) S: Hilger (Schmitz), 3:27 … (11) S: Zach Pekula (unassisted), 5:21 SH … (12) S: Schmitz (Hilger), 8:25 … (13) S: Comstock (Vogt, Stebbins), 9:29 … (14) S: Colatrella (Lund), 10:48 … (15) S: Testa (Colarella), 15:27.

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – W: Mason Thole 25/40 … S: Noah Hacker 11/11.

River Lakes 6, Wadena-Deer Creek 1

Holding onto a 2-1 lead after two periods, River Lakes pulled away with a four-goal third to secure a non-conference win over Wadena-Deer Creek at Wadena.

Cole Pientka and Jacob Philippi each had two goals for the Stars. Philippi also had an assist in the victory.

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River Lakes returns to Central Lakes Conference play with a 7:15 p.m. game Friday at Brainerd.

River Lakes (7-7) 1 1 4 — 6

Wadena-Deer Creek (9-5) 0 1 0 — 1

FIRST PERIOD – (1) RL: Matthew Dotzler (unassisted), 2:17.

SECOND PERIOD – (2) WDC: Cole Woods (Austyn Oothoudt, Connor Davis), 7:53 PP … (3) RL: Jacob Philippi (unassisted), 9:08.

THIRD PERIOD – (4) RL: Cole Pientka (Philippi, Sam Zeiher), 1:33 … (5) RL: Bradey Blaschko (Anthony Fink), 3:22 … (6) RL: Pientka (Chase Schulzetenberg), 4:29 … (7) RL: Philippi (unassisted), 11:29.

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – River Lakes: Ashton Fischer 26/27 … Wadena-Deer Creek: Garrett Baron 5/6 (12:31); Gunner Olson 27/32 (38:29).

Litchfield/D-C 6,Mound-Westonka 4

Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato earned its first Wright County Conference win of the year, beating Mound-Westonka at the Litchfield Civic Arena.

Both teams entered the game with 0-2 Wright County Conference records.

The Dragons play Willmar at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Willmar Civic Center Arena.

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