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Storm girls wrap up regular season

Nicole Berens (16) looks down the ice for a teammate during the first period against the Worthington Trojans on Friday, Jan. 24 in Morris. Abby Daly (17), Morgan DeHaan (8), and Kelsey Rajewsky (12) look on in the action.

The Morris Benson Area Storm added three losses this past week, wrapping up the regular season at 3-12 as of Friday morning. The Storm lost a close game to Worthington last Friday, then took a sweeping by Luverne on Saturday. Lastly, the girls were in Marshall and were outshot 37-19, taking a 5-2 loss to the Tigers.

Worthington 2, MBA Storm 1

In come-from-behind fashion, Worthington’s girls hockey team earned its first win of the season Friday night, in the first game of a prep hockey doubleheader against the Storm in Morris.

The Storm was ahead 1-0 after the first two periods, but the Trojans put in two through the final 17 minutes to notch a 2-1 victory over the homestanding Storm.

The Storm scored their first goal 11:36 into the game when senior forward Morgan DeHaan put in a goal off of an assist by seventh-grader Hallie Watzke.

The Trojans mounted their rally when junior defender Allison Kremer found junior center Betsy Thompson to knot the game 16:06 into the third period. Less than a minute later, Thompson fed freshman Ashley Thompson for the go-ahead goal.

Worthington 0 0 2 — 2

MBA Storm 1 0 0 — 1

FIRST PERIOD - Morgan DeHaan (Hallie Watzke) 11:36

SECOND PERIOD - No scoring

THIRD PERIOD - Betsy Thompson (Allison Kremer) 16:06; Ashley Thompson (B. Thompson) 15:00

Luverne 10, MBA Storm 2

Mariah Aukes and Makayla Sterrett led the Luverne Cardinals to victory on Saturday, Jan. 25 against the Storm in Benson. Aukes scored four, while Sterrett scored three of Luvernes 10 goals in the win.

The Storm got on the board with two unassisted goals by Morgan DeHaan, but couldn’t make a comeback as Luverne added three goals in the third to win 10-2.

Luverne 3 4 3 - 10

MBA Storm 1 1 0 - 2

FIRST PERIOD - L: Mariah Aukes (Madison Crabtree) 8:45; MBA: Morgan DeHaan 8:07; L: Makayla Sterrett 7:22; L: Sterrett (Madisyn Dingmann,Madilyn Oye) 1:40

SECOND PERIOD - L: Dingmann (Sterrett) 16:20; MBA: DeHaan 14:51; L: Sterrett (Oye) 11:56; L: Aukes (Ellen Dahl) 8:29; L: Dingmann 7:24

THIRD PERIOD - L: Aukes (Dahl, Crabtree) 15:20; L: Dahl (Crabtree) 6:30; L: Aukes (Dingmann, Dahl) 1:00

GOALIE SAVES - Luverne: Kennedy Gonnerman 17; Morris Benson: Abby Daly 40

Marshall 5, MBA Storm 2

After a scoreless first period, the Marshall Tigers scored five straight goals to defeat the Storm in Southwest Conference action on Tuesday, Jan. 28 in Morris.

The Tigers outshot the Storm 17-4 in the first period, but the both teams stayed off the scoreboard.

In the second, Marshall got off seven shots and put three of those shots past Holli Christians, who was back in the net for the Storm.

Assistant coach Mike Curtis said it was good to get Christians back in the net.

“It was good getting Holli back, we were short players and with her back in the net, it helped us get back to having two full lines,” Curtis said. “However, I was really impressed by Abby’s effort in the net in Holli’s absence.”

Curtis mentioned some minor setbacks during the Marshall game, but was overall proud of the effort the girls displayed.

“We had a little slip up in the second,” Curtis said. “But finished the game strong. I was pleased with the effort everyone put in at the end of the game to score the last two goals and not just giving up when we were down 5-0”

The Storm scored two goals late in the third. Abby Daly proved that being a skater instead of between the pipes suited her best, scoring one of the two Storm goals in the third. Hallie Watzke with assist to Morgan DeHaan scored in the losing effort as well.

Marshall 0 3 2 - 5

MBA Storm 0 0 2 - 2

FIRST PERIOD - No scoring

SECOND PERIOD - M: Teegan Wyffels (Megan Vogl, Lizzie Archbold) 10:41; M: Wyffels (Mikenna Radke) 6:10; M: Jessica Blanchard (Vogl, Archbold) 3:47

THIRD PERIOD - M: 19 (14) 14:19; MBA: Hallie Watzke (Morgan DeHaan) 12:25 (pp); MBA: Abby Daly (Hanna Lindblad) 4:18

GOALIE SAVES - Marshall: Seirra Wagner 17; Morris Benson: Holli Christians 32

The Storm will wrap up their regular season Saturday, Feb. 1 in Worthington. The qualifier for Section 6A will be Saturday, Feb. 8. The Storms’ 3-11 record puts them at sixth seed, so the Storm will be on the road for their first playoff game. As far as their opponent, Northern Lakes, Fergus Falls, and Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena Deer Creek are all really close with 8-13, 7-13-2, and 8-13-1 records, respectively, so it could be any one of them, but the final seeding meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 5 to determine who the Storm will face.

Brooke Kern

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