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Boys Hockey: Litchfield/D-C opens with a big win over Willmar

Dragons knock out Cardinals, 6-1

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Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato senior Mason Schroeder (8) tries to work the puck by Willmar junior Kory Behm during Saturday's game at the Litchfield Civic Center. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

LITCHFIELD — Six different players popped the puck into the back of the net to lead Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato past Willmar in the season opener Saturday, 6-1.

Gavin Hanson put the Dragons on the board in the first period for the only goal in the opening 17 minutes.

Then in the second, Litchfield/D-C broke the game wide open. Logan Benson scored 49 seconds into the period, then got a tally from Zach Zwilling to make it a 3-0 game. The Cardinals finally got on the board at the 10:54 mark on an unassisted goal from Jason Malmgren before the Dragons’ Ryan Schutz one again made it a three-score game 16 seconds later. Caden Besemer and Keyton Johnson each punched in goals in the third.

Litchfield/D-C heads to Mound-Westonka/Watertown-Mayer on Tuesday. Willmar is on the road Monday at Windom.

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Willmar junior Jason Malmgren (10) looks to keep the puck in the offensive zone during the third period of Saturday's game against Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato at the Litchfield Civic Center. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

Litchfield/D-C 6,
Willmar 1

Willmar (0-1-0) 0 1 0 — 1
Litchfield/D-C (1-0-0) 1 3 2 — 6
FIRST PERIOD – (1) L/DC: Gavin Hanson (Jack Hillmann, Grant Grochow), 9:49.
SECOND PERIOD – (2) L/DC: Logan Benson (Ryan Schutz, Mason Schroeder), 0:49 … (3) L/DC: Zach Zwilling (Hillmann), 7:34 … (4) W: Jason Malmgren (unassisted), 10:54 … (5) L/DC: Schutz (Grochow), 14:10.
THIRD PERIOD – (6) L/DC: Caden Besemer (Benson, Schroeder), 9:45 … (7) L/DC: Keyton Johnson (Tristen Pieti, Gavyn Lund), 11:43

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – Willmar: Gavin Steinwand 32/38 … Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato: Darby Halonen 15/16, Travis Olson 5/5

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Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato junior Blake Niska takes a shot from the blue line during the third period of Saturday's game against Willmar at the Litchfield Civic Center. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

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