High School Hockey: Tech/Apollo shuts out Willmar boys for CLC win

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Patrick Bernadeau, West Central Tribune, Willmar, Minn.
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Feb. 24—WILLMAR — St. Cloud Tech/Apollo came out of the gate strong against Willmar, scoring six first-period goals en route to a 12-0 Central Lakes Conference boys hockey victory Tuesday at the Willmar Civic Center.

August Falloon had three goals along with an assist for St. Cloud. Eli Unze finished with two goals and two assists. Ripley Garden also came up with two goals in the victory.

Cardinals goaltender Gavin Steinwand faced 60 shots, stopping 48. St. Cloud's Ben Condon had 12 saves.

Losers of nine straight, Willmar will play again Friday at Bemidji.

Tech/Apollo 12,

Willmar 0

Tech/Apollo (7-4) 6 3 3 — 12

Willmar (1-10) 0 0 0 — 0

FIRST PERIOD — (1) T/A: August Falloon (unassisted) ... (2) T/A: Tanner Simonson (Falloon, Andrew Cumming) ... (3) T/A: Falloon (Cory Warner) ... (4) T/A: Liam O'Donnell (Cumming) ... (5) T/A: Cumming (Greg Carlstedt) ... (6) T/A: Carlstedt (Eli Unze).

SECOND PERIOD — (7) T/A: Falloon (unassisted) ... (8) T/A: Ripley Garden (Lukas O'Donnell) ... (9) T/A: Unze (unassisted).

THIRD PERIOD — (10) T/A: Garden (Unze) ... (11) T/A: Warner (Nathan Staudinger) ... (12) T/A: Unze (Carlstedt, Garen) PP.

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS — Tech/Apollo: Ben Condon 12/12 ... Willmar: Gavin Steinwand 48/60.

Sauk Rapids 4,

River Lakes 3

Brandon Bokelman and Noah Jensen each scored third-period goals to push Sauk Rapids past River Lakes at the River Lakes Arena in Richmond.

Bokelman's goal came 2 minutes, 36 seconds into the period to tie the game at 3-3. Jensen's score at the 6:34 mark proved to be the game-winner.

Jacob Philippi buried a pair of pucks in the back of the net in the first period before completing a hat trick midway through the second.

Riley Weinard had 25 saves for the visitors. River Lakes goaltender Drew Tangen finished with 36 stops.

Sauk Rapids (3-5-2) 0 2 2 — 4

River Lakes (2-5-2) 2 1 0 — 3

FIRST PERIOD — (1) RL: Jacob Philippi (Tanner Stanley, Sam Zeiher), 1:26 ... (2) RL: Philippi (Bennet Bjerke, Joel Sowada), 10:00 PP.

SECOND PERIOD — (3) SR: Braden Kuklok (Will White, Cayden Christensen), 10:25 ... (4) RL: Philippi (Stanley), 13:23 PP ... (5) SR: Easton Portner (Brandon Bokelman), 14:10.

THIRD PERIOD — (6) SR: Bokelman (Dylan Geiselhart, Landon Lunser), 2:36 ... (7) SR: Noah Jensen (Bokelman, Teagan Dodge), 6:34.

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS — Sauk Rapids: Riley Weinard 25/28 ... River Lakes: Drew Tangen 36/40.

Delano 5,

Litchfield/D-C 2

Adam Brown finished with a goal and four assists for Delano in a Wright County Conference victory over Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato in Delano.

The Dragons led 1-0 after the first period following an unassisted goal from Grant Grochow. Then after the Tigers tied it early in the second, Litchfield/D-C struck again when Gavin Hanson punched in a power-play goal at 6:40.

Goaltender Darby Halonen had 27 saves in the loss.

The Dragons are host to Prairie Centre at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Litchfield/D-C (5-4-2) 1 1 0 — 2

Delano (7-6-0) 0 2 3 — 5

FIRST PERIOD — (1) L/DC: Grant Grochow (unassisted), 5:56.

SECOND PERIOD — (2) D: Jack Keranen (Colin Pettit, Adam Brown), 0:44 PP ... (3) L/DC: Gavin Hanson (Grochow, Ryan Schutz), 6:40 PP ... (4) D: Brown (Brayden Coppin), 7:05.

THIRD PERIOD — (5) D: Brad Pinoniemi (Brown, Pettit), 11:20 ... (6) D: Tyler Selstad (Pinoniemi, Brown), 11:39 ... (7) D: Pettit (Brown, Selstad), 12:21 PP.

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS — Litchfield/D-C: Darby Halonen 27/32 ... Delano: Thomas Huotari 11/13.

Girls Hockey

Alexandria 3,

River Lakes 0

Ella Westlund had a hat trick and goaltender Jordan O'Kane had 25 saves in a shutout to vault Alexandria over River Lakes in Paynesville.

The Stars (8-3-1) will look to rebound Thursday at home against Brainerd/Little Falls.

HFC 13,

Litchfield/D-C 1

Holy Family Catholic outshot Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 53-9 as the Fire won their fourth straight game in the victory at the Litchfield Civic Arena.

Olivia Paidosh had a hat trick for Holy Family. Teammates Maddie Morgan and Josie Lind each had one goal and four assists.

The Dragons' only goal came in the second period courtesy of a power-play tally from Emily Johnson.

Litchfield/D-C is on the road Thursday against Mound-Westonka/Watertown-Mayer/Southwest Christian.

HFC (6-4-2) 5 5 3 — 13

Litchfield/D-C (3-7-0) 0 1 0 — 1

FIRST PERIOD — (1) HF: Briar Charchenko (Brenna Westerhaus, Josie Linn), 3:55 ... (2) HF: Maddie Morgan (MacKenzie Moss, Olivia Paidosh), 7:26 PP ... (3) Shae Messner (Charchenko, Linn), 12:27 ... (4) HF: Paidosh (Charchenko, Linn), 15:16 ... (5) HF: Grayson Limke (Maeve Kelly), 16:06.

SECOND PERIOD — (6) HF: Limke (Messner, Justina Valentini), 0:26 ... (7) L/DC: Emily Johnson (Kourtney Mielke, Lydia Niemela), 2:15 PP ... (8) HF: Valentini (Logan Paulsen, Kelly), 3:18 PP ... (9) HF: Paidosh (Charchenko, Westerhaus), 5:08 ... (10) HF: Westerhaus (Linn), 9:01 ... (11) HF: Libby Kamp (Morgan), 9:47.

THIRD PERIOD — (12) HF: Kelly (Morgan), 3:55 ... (13) HF: Paidosh (Morgan), 8:21 ... (14) HF: Linn (Moss, Morgan), 10:42.

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS — HFC: Quinn McDonald 8/9 ... Litchfield/D-C: Shiloh Milender 40/53.