Prep Hockey: Willmar break the CLC ice with win at St. Cloud
Willmar beats the Icebreakers 3-1 for their first conference victory
ST. CLOUD — The Willmar girls hockey team found a perfect time to net its first Central Lakes Conference win.
Taking on the St. Cloud Icebreakers at the St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex on Tuesday night, the Cardinals finally broke into the win column with a 3-1 CLC win.
Willmar is now 1-6 in conference play while St. Cloud drops to 4-3.
The Cardinals capitalized on special teams in the first period as Chloe Lownsbury popped in a power-play goal at 8 minutes, 11 seconds. Lauren Eilers and Sophia Quinn had assists on the play.
Then in the second, Willmar went up 2-0 on a goal from Samantha Poe.
The Icebreakers’ Molly Burkstrand cut the deficit to one midway through the third period before Willmar’s Kessa Mara added an insurance goal with an empty-netter with 17 seconds to play.
In net, Brynn Grieger stopped 26 of 27 shots for the Cardinals. Abby Stevens had 28 saves for St. Cloud.
Willmar is host to River Lakes at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at the Willmar Civic Center.
St. Cloud 1
Willmar (5-8) 1 1 1 — 3
St. Cloud (9-5) 0 0 1 — 0
FIRST PERIOD – (1) W: Chloe Lownsbury (Lauren Eilers, Sophia Quinn), 8:11 PP
SECOND PERIOD – (2) W: Samantha Poe (Avery Olson), 12:17
THIRD PERIOD – (3) SC: Molly Burkstrand (Katherine Bell), 12:52 … (4) W: Kessa Mara (unassisted), 16:43
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – W: Brynn Grieger 26/27 … SC: Abby Stevens 28/30
River Lakes 5,
Northern Lakes 2
River Lakes has notched its second two game win streak of the season with the road win over Northern Lakes.
The Stars scored once in the first. The Lightning scored once in the second but the Stars scored twice more to take a 3-1 lead.
The Stars closed out the night with two more goals in the third with the Lighting scoring once more for the 5-2 finish.
River Lakes plays Willmar in a Central Lakes Conference game at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at the Willmar Civic Center.
Northern Lakes (5-7) 0 1 1 — 2
River Lakes (8-7) 1 2 2 — 5
Becker/Big Lake 5
Willmar picked up a second straight win in a high-scoring non-conference contest against Becker/Big Lake at Princeton.
The Cardinals are now 3-5-0. The Eagles have lost seven straight, falling to 1-8-0.
Willmar plays River Lakes at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in Paynesville in a Central Lakes Conference game.