WILLMAR— This one was a long time coming for the Willmar boys hockey team.

The Cardinals beat Redwood Valley, 7-2 Tuesday night at the Willmar Civic Center.

It was Willmar’s first victory since a 4-2 decision over Prairie Centre on Jan. 3, 2019 in Willmar.

“We’ve been playing some good hockey as of late,” Willmar head coach Jamie Hagen said. “We just haven’t gotten rewarded. It’s good to finally get rewarded with the pay-off. …

“The boys are pretty thrilled.”

Willmar is now 1-14-1. Willmar opened the season Nov. 23 with a 3-3 overtime tie against visiting Windom.

Since then, Willmar had lost 14 straight, being within three goals of their opponent in six games.

Against Redwood Valley (2-11) they dominated play in the first period, getting goals from Dominic Amon and Ethan Stark. Amon’s goal came at 6:02 and was assisted by Carter Schow.

Stark’s goal was unassisted at 13:26. Stark added another goal at 13:42 of the second period to make it 3-0.

The Cardinals out-scored Redwood Valley 4-1 in the third period to win going away.

In goal for Redwood Valley was senior Kia Jacobson. She stopped 40 of 47 shots on goal for Redwood Valley.

Willmar plays Alexandria in a Central Lakes Conference game at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Willmar Civic Center.

Willmar's Elbridge DeKraai (3) gets ready to deke Redwood Valley's Jordan Gibbs during the first period of Tuesday's non-conference game at the Willmar Civic Center. 

Joe Brown / West Central Tribune
Willmar's Elbridge DeKraai (3) gets ready to deke Redwood Valley's Jordan Gibbs during the first period of Tuesday's non-conference game at the Willmar Civic Center. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

Willmar 7,

Redwood Valley 2

Redwood Valley (2-11) 0 1 1— 2
Willmar (1-14-1) 2 1 4 — 7
FIRST PERIOD – (1) W: Dominic Amon (Carter Schow) 6:02 … (2) W: Ethan Stark (unassisted) 13:26.
SECOND PERIOD – (3) W: Stark (Tanner Bauman) 14:12 … (4) RV: Tyson Clark (Marian Beladic) 15:28
THIRD PERIOD – (5) W: Adam DeJong (Amon, Tanner Bauman) 3:08 … (6) W: Devin Sankey (Stark, Taton Hansen) 7:16 … (7) W: Elbridge DeKraai (Jason Malmgren) 9:13 … (8) RV: Carter Iwan (Chase Schablin) 10:41 … (9) W: Amon (unassisted) 14:44, PP.
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – Redwood Valley: Kia Jacobson 40/47 … Willmar: Gavin Steinwand 14/16

New Prague 5,

Litchfield/D-C 1

New Prague took a 3-0 first-period lead en route to the victory over Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato at the New Prague Community Center.

Jake Johnson scored Litchfield/D-C’s lone goal late in the third period.

Litchfield/D-C plays Hutchinson at 7 p.m. Friday at the Litchfield Civic Arena.

Litchfield/D-C (10-8-1) 0 0 1 — 1
New Prague (5-13-2) 3 1 1 — 5



FIRST PERIOD – (1) NP: Jake Lee (unassisted) 1:56 … (2) NP: Landon Peterson (Carson Davis, John Schmidt) 9:22 … (3) NP: Nate Picka (Jack Kreutzian) 12:25
SECOND PERIOD – (4) NP: Lee (Picka, Peterson) 8:07
THIRD PERIOD – (5) NP: Peterson (Lee, Kreutzian) 9:30 … (6) LDC: Jake Johnson (Mason Schroeder) 15:41.
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – New Prague: Matt Schmidt 16/17 … Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato: Darby Halonen 35/40



MBA 7, MayPort 4

Zach Bruns had two goals to help the Morris/Benson Area Storm beat MayPort (N.D.) at Morris.

The IceDogs are from the Mayville-Portland area in North Dakota.

MBA plays Redwood Valley at 7 p.m. Friday at the Redwood Falls Ice Arena.

MayPort 1 2 1 — 4
MBA (13-3) 2 1 4 — 7
FIRST PERIOD – (1) MP: Noah Mehus (Carter Garrett, Sammy Satrom) 8:57 … (2) MBA: Zach Bruns (Sam Thompson) 11:12 … (3) MBA: Brady Goff (Reece Kuseske) 16:07
SECOND PERIOD – (4) MP: Mitchell Coleman (Sam. Satrom, Jake Verwest) 1:36 … (5) MBA: Will Breuer (Bruns, Jack Riley) 8:35 … (6) MP: Sam. Satrom (Sawyer Satrom) 13:42
THIRD PERIOD – (7) MBA: Ryan Tolifson (Brady Loge, Matthew Tolifson) 10:07 … (8) MBA: Bruns (Hunter Blume) 11:18 … (9) MP: Sam. Satrom (Mehus) 13:05 … (10) MBA: Riley (Sam Thompson, Blume) 14:22 … (11) MBA: Kuseske (Beuer, Brady DeHaan) 15:26
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – Mayville-Portland: Kade Susie 35/42 … Morris/Benson Area: Chase Engebretson 15/19

Girls

Willmar 9, MBA 0

Senior Emily Morris scored a goal in her first varsity game to help Willmar to the victory against the Morris/Benson Area Storm at Benson.

“She’s been a grinder for four years,” Willmar head coach Eric Setrum said. “We’re happy for her.”

Halle Mortensen got the shutout, making seven saves.

Willmar is host to Alexandria at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the Willmar Civic Center.

The MBA Storm play at 7 p.m. Friday against Northern Lakes at the Breezy Point Hockey Arena.

Willmar (13-6-1) 4 4 1 — 9
MBA (0-17-1) 0 0 0 — 0
FIRST PERIOD – (1) W: Bailey Olson (unassisted) 7:27, PP … (2) W: Olson (Mya Monson) 7:54 … (3) W: Kessa Mara (Nina Dawson) 8:38 … (4) W: Monson (Olson, Makenna Larson) 15:06
SECOND PERIOD – (5) W: Ashley larson (Olson, Monson) 2:00 … (6) W: Madison Garberding (Dawson) 11:35 … (7) W: Olson (Monson, Audrey Swart) 14:05 … (8) W: Dawson (Mara) 14:40
THIRD PERIOD – (9) W: Emily Morris (Olson) :30.
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – Willmar: Halle Mortensen 7/7 … Morris/Benson Area: Leah Thompson 45/54

Litchfield/D-C 3,

New Prague 1

Avery Stilwell stopped 43 of 44 shots and Lydia Niemela scored two third-period goals to lift Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato to the victory at the Litchfield Civic Arena.

Litchfield/D-C next plays at 7:15 p.m. Friday against Little Falls at the Flyers’ Exchange Arena.

Litchfield/D-C (7-7-1) 1 0 2 — 3
New Prague (3-11-3) 0 1 1 — 1
FIRST PERIOD – (1) LDC: Sophia Hillmann (Alyssa Olson, Lydia Niemela) 4:46
SECOND PERIOD – (2) NP: Lauren Moravchik (Mackenzie O’Brien, Ella Hansen) 8:28
THIRD PERIOD – (3) LDC: Niemala (Emily Johnson) 3:43 … (4) LDC: Niemela (Johnson, Sydney Braaten)
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato: Avery Stillwell 43/44 … New Prague: Taylor Smith 14/17