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Storm finish third at Cardinal Classic

The Morris Benson Area girls' hockey team suffered its first loss of the season, but bounced back to take third place at the Cardinal Girls' Hockey Classic in Willmar.

Willmar 6

Morris Benson 1

The Willmar Cardinals picked up their first win of the season, defeating the Storm 6-1 Friday, Nov. 26.

Before that contest, Willmar had scored only one goal in three games.

Willmar took the lead with one goal in the first period before scoring five times in the second period.

Dani Schultz ended the shutout bid in the final minute with an unassisted goal.

Willmar goalie Baylie Young had faced an average of 45 shots, stopping 96 percent, the first three contests. She made 24 stops this time.

The Storm's Brooke Falk stopped 21 shots.

The Storm won its first three games by a combined output of 22 goals scored to seven allowed. Schultz, the state's top goal scorer, had scored half of those.

Morris Benson 3

Litchfield/D-C 2

Schultz scored twice and assisted on a third goal to help the Storm come from behind to swipe the third-place game from Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 3-2 on Saturday, Nov. 27 at the Willmar Civic Center.

Schultz had scored twice in the middle stanza to knot the score 2-2.

LDC goalie Kati Hanson turned away several more solo runs by Schultz before a fluke goal finally ended the deadlock. From the left circle, Schultz slapped the puck across the slot where it ricocheted off the skate of Storm wing Sam Falk and into the goal for a 3-2 lead with 9:09 left.

At the other end, Storm goalie Brooke Falk slammed the door for the second period in a row to finish with 24 saves.

The Dragons had jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period.

Hanson looked sharp in finishing with 27 saves, but the Dragons' record dropped to 1-4.

Defenseman Monica Lindblad finished with two assists for the Storm.

Coach Jeff Mahoney was without one of his six seniors -- his daughter, Kelly, due to the flu -- on a roster that has no sophomores or juniors and turns to one freshman, two eighth graders, and five seventh graders.