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Hockey roundup: Fergus Falls skates past River Lakes

No. 6 Otters break it open late to beat the Stars, 4-1


FERGUS FALLS — The state-ranked Fergus Falls boys hockey team earned a 4-1 victory over River Lakes on Tuesday night.

The Otters scored single goals in the first and second periods and then took a 3-0 lead midway through the third before River Lakes struck. The Stars’ Bradey Blaschko scored at 11:11 with assists from Blake Schultz and Jacob Phillippi.

Fergus Falls, ranked sixth in Class A, then sealed it with an empty-net goal by Isaac Johnson with 10 seconds remaining.

Fergus Falls is now 6-4 in the Central Lakes Conference. River Lakes fell to 3-6 in the conference.

The Stars play Willmar at 7:15 p.m. Friday at the Willmar Civic Center.


Fergus Falls 4, River Lakes 1

River Lakes (10-12)          0     0     1 — 1
Fergus Falls  (15-7)           1     1     2 — 4

FIRST PERIOD –  (1) FF: Brayden Nelson (Cole Wentworth, Landon Thacker) 6:27.
SECOND PERIOD –  (2) FF: Carter Thielke (Michael DeBrito, Isaac Johnson) 14:46, PP
THIRD PERIOD – (3) FF: Kellen Stenstrom (Shane Zierden, Thielke) 7:06 … (4) RL: Bradey Blaschko (Blake Schultz, Jacob Philiippi) 11:11 … (5) FF: Johnson (Thielke) 16:50, EN. 
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – River Lakes: Ashton Fischer 33/36 … Fergus Falls: Ben Swanson 21/22

Brainerd 6, Willmar 0

Brainerd improved its Central Lakes Conference record to 2-4-1 with the victory at Willmar.

The Cardinals, who are 0-9 in the CLC, got 35 saves in goal from Gavin Steinwand.

Jed Klang made 19 saves to record the shutout.

Willmar plays host to River Lakes at 7:15 p.m. Friday at the Willmar Civic Center.

Brainerd (3-16-1)          2     2     2 — 6
Willmar (5-15)               0     0     0 — 0
FIRST PERIOD –  (1) B: not available … (2) B: not available.
SECOND PERIOD –  (3) B: Alex Jones (Hairrson Seymour) … (4) B: Seymour (unassisted), SH. 
THIRD PERIOD – (5): B: Jones (unassisted) … (6) B: Mitch Brau (Jones)
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – Brainerd: Jed Klang 19/19 … Willmar: Gavin Steinwand 35/41


Delano 4,Litchfield/D-C 3

State-ranked Delano scored a short-handed goal with 15 seconds left to beat Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato at Delano.

The Tigers, ranked fourth in Class A, got the game-winner from Gunnar Paulson at 16:45.

For the Dragons, Conner Tabor, Grant Grochow and Gavyn Lund scored goals.

Litchfield/D-C was out-shot 33-17.

The Dragons play Hutchinson at 7 p.m. Friday at the Litchfield Civic Arena.

Litchfield/D-C (13-8-1)          1     1     1 — 3
Delano (15-6)                         1     0     3 — 4
FIRST PERIOD –  (1) D: Bruce Halonen (Anders Peterson) 1:11 … (2) LDC: Conner Taber (Gavin Hanson) 2:09.
SECOND PERIOD –  (3) LDC: Grant Grochow (Zachary Zwilling) 13:41. 
THIRD PERIOD – (4): D: Aaron Lewis (Karl Halonen, Aiden Leaver) 5:36 … (5) D: B. Halonen (Teague Collings, Colin Lommel) 13:00 … (6) LDC: Gavyn Lund (Jack Hillmann) 13:41 … (7) D: Gunnar Paulson (unassisted) 16:45, SH.
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – LDC: Travis Halonen 29/33 … D: Tommy Huotari 14/17


St. Cloud 4,River Lakes 2

The St. Cloud Icebreakers improved to 6-5-1 in the Central Lakes Conference with the victory over River Lakes at Richmond.

St. Cloud, a co-op of Tech, Apollo and Cathedral High Schools, is 14-9-2 overall.


River Lakes fell to 3-6 in the CLC and 14-12 overall.

The Stars’ next game will be in the Section 6A playoffs. River Lakes is the No. 2 seed. It will play the winner of No. 6 Morris/Benson at No. 3 Northern Lakes. Those two meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Pequot Lakes. River Lakes then is host to the winner at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 at Richmond.

Fergus Falls received the top seed in the tournament. The Otters play the winner of No. 5 Prairie Centre at No. 4 Willmar at 7 p.m. Thursday. That game will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 at Fergus Falls.

The section final is Friday, Feb. 18 at the Runestone Community Center in Alexandria.

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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