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Bantams take 1st at Walker

The Morris Benson Area Bantam hockey team took first place at the Walker City on the Bay Tournament Jan 4.

Pool A teams were Andover, Grand Rapids, White Bear Lake, and Morris Benson Area. Pool B teams were Champlin Park, Detroit Lakes, Highland Central, and Wayzata.


Andover 1

The Storm started out the tournament with a 9-1 win over Andover.

MBA took an early 2-0 lead in the first period when Andrew Rentz netted the puck with the assist from Kelly Engquist and Mac Beyer scored off an Isaac Berens pass.

Andover had the only penalty in the first period with an interference call for two minutes. Matt Huot took the net for the Storm, making three saves in the first period. The Andover goalie stopped 10.

The Storm added four goals in the second period, while only giving up one to Andover.

Beyer scored on the pass from Engquist to go up 3-0.

The Storm was assessed a check-from-behind penalty and Andover capitalized with a power-play goal with 4:26 left in the period.

The Storm then netted three more goals before the end of the period. Luke Schwarz scored twice. The first was on the pass from Tanner Picht and Berens, while the second was off a pass from Engquist.

The third goal came with 31 seconds left in the period off the stick of Picht from Darion Helberg.

The Storm had seven saves in the second period and Andover stopped 12.

The Storm continued to control the game adding three goals in the third period. Picht scored with the assist from Engquist. Rentz scored unassisted. Luke Schwarz recorded a hat trick and the final goal at 9:12 unassisted.

Two penalties were assessed. One of Andover for slashing and one on the Storm for tripping.

Huot stopped four more shots in the third for a game total of 14. Andover stopped nine in the third for a game total of 31.

MBA 11

Grand Rapids 1

The Storm controlled the second game as well, winning 11-1 over Grand Rapids.

Beyer got the Storm on the board with a first-period goal, netting the puck on a pass from Luke Schwarz.

Andover was called for interference and Brody Gimberlin took the pass from defenseman Jacob Huston for the power-play goal.

The Storm was then called for an interference penalty and Grand Rapids capitalized with a power-play goal. The Storm answered with 4:04 on the clock with another goal by Beyer with Luke Schwarz credited with the assist.

Austin Crow made four saves for MBA, while the Grand Rapids goalie stopped eight.

The second-period scoring started with Beyer netting the puck on an assist from Picht. Luke Schwarz added two power-play goals, one on an assist from Engquist and the other with an assist from Picht. Andover was called for two interference penalties and a head contact penalty with the Storm capitalizing on two of them.

The final two goals of the second period came from Picht assisted by Berens and Tanner Kirkeide assisted by Huston.

Crow only had to stop one puck in the period, while Grand Rapids made six saves.

The Storm did all the scoring in the third period, adding three more goals. Berens scored on an assist from Jordan Staples and Gimberlin scored unassisted on a breakaway. The final goal was netted by Picht from Luke Schwarz.

The Storm picked up a penalty right at the end of the game for interference.

Crow was busier in the final period, making five saves for MBA  for a game total of nine. Grand Rapids stopped five for a game total of 19.


White Bear Lake 2

In the final game of pool play, the Storm faced a tough White Bear Lake team, but finished on top 5-2.

Picht netted the first goal on a pass from Luke Schwarz.

MBA was called for holding, but controlled the puck during the short-handed two minutes.

The Storm netted a goal from the blue line off the hard shot from Jordan Staples with the assist from Luke Schwarz.

With 10 seconds on the clock the Storm let down their guard and White Bear Lake netted the puck to close in by a score of 2-1.

Huot was back in the Storm net making six saves. The White Bear Lake goalie stopped eight.

The second period had no penalties for either team, but both were able to score.

White Bear Lake scored unassisted on a loose puck and MBA followed two minutes later on an unassisted goal by Luke Schwarz.

Huot had seven saves for MBA. White Bear Lake stopped 13.

The Storm led 3-2 going into the final period, but quickly increased their advantage when Staples passed to Luke Schwarz for a goal.

White Bear Lake was called for cross check and coincidental rouging penalties were called on both teams.

Picht got the pass from Berens for the final goal of the game.

Huot stopped four in the third period for a total of 17. White Bear Lake stopped 10 in the third for a total of 31.


Wayzata 1

Despite both teams getting more penalties than goals, the Storm won the championship game over Wayzata 3-1.

The first period had the Storm netting the first goal at 14:20 with Gimberlin passing to Luke Schwarz. The Storm scored the second goal while White Bear Lake was serving a penalty for high stick when Engquist scored with the assist from Helberg.

MBA sent two players to the penalty box for tripping and boarding only a minute apart, but even with the 3-on-5 advantage, the Wayzata Trojans were unable to score.

Crow made 11 saves for MBA. The Wayzata goalie made 12.

The Storm started the second period with the first goal off the stick of Gimberlin with the assist going to Picht.

Three penalties were assessed to MBA, elbowing, hooking, and high stick. Wayzata was able to get a power-play goal on the first penalty, but the Storm held strong through the last two.

Crow and the Wayzata goalie had 10 saves apiece.

The third period only had penalties, with both teams being assessed two each, rouging coincidental, hooking and rouging.

Crow stopped eight shots in the final period and Wayzata stopped 12.

The tournament hosted an all-player shoot out against the goalies. The best goalie, only allowing one goal, was the Storm's Matt Huot. The best shooter award went to MBA's Tanner Kirkeide. The Storm also was named the best overall shooting team.