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Boys Hockey: Litchfield/D-C takes a 5-2 win over River Lakes

Dragons wind up going 2-1 at the Granite City Classic. The Stars finish 0-3.

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ST. CLOUD — The Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato boys hockey team wrapped up a good week at the Granite City Classic with a 5-2 victory over River Lakes on Thursday.

The Dragons conclude the three-day, three-game Classic at the St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex with a 2-1 record, having beaten St. Cloud Tech/Apollo 3-2 on Tuesday and falling 7-4 to Sartell on Wednesday.

River Lakes went 0-3, losing to St. Cloud Cathedral 2-1 and Monticello 3-2.

The Stars opened the scoring Thursday. Bradey Blaschko got a goal at 4:07 of the first period with assists from Blake Schultz and Jacob Philippi.

Litchfield/D-C scored the next two goals in the period, getting tallies from Zach Zwilling and Calvin Jones.

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River Lakes then tied it up at 2-2 with a Philippi goal at 1:13 of the second period. Jones then scored his second goal of the game for the Dragons and Dan Estrada made it 4-2 Litchfield/D-C at 12:28 of the second period.

That’s where it stayed until Connor Taber scored an empty-net goal at 16:42 of the third period.

Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato is off until 7 p.m. Thursday, when it plays Minneapolis at the Litchfield Civic Arena.

River Lakes’ next game is against Breckenridge/Wahpeton at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in Paynesville.

Litchfield/D-C 5,
River Lakes 2

Litchfield/D-C (6-5) 2 2 1 — 5
River Lakes (4-7) 1 1 0 — 2
FIRST PERIOD – (1) RL: Bradey Blaschko (Blake Schultz, Jacob Philippi) 4:07 … (2) LDC: Zach Zwilling (Ryan Schutz, Mason Woelfel) 14:59 … (3) LDC: Calvin Jones (Jack Hillman) 15:26.
SECOND PERIOD – (4) RL: Philippi (Mason King) 1:13 … (5) LDC: Jones (Connor Taber, Grant Haataja) 4:57 … (6) LDC: Dan Estrada (Haataja) 12:28.
THIRD PERIOD – (7) LDC: Taber (unassisted) 16:42, EN.

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – LDC: Travis Halonen 13/15 … RL: Carson Cronquist 25/29

Tom Elliott has been the sports editor at the West Central Tribune since September 2019.
Contact him at telliott@wctrib.com or leave a message at 320-235-1150
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