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MBA skates past Fairmont

MBA Storm freshman goaltender Tony Bruns started playoffs with a 8-10-1 record and 87 percent save percentage between the pipes, pictured here making one of his 13 saves against Fairmont Tuesday night.

The No. 8 seeded Morris Benson Area Storm skated past No. 9 seeded Fairmont in round one action of the Section 3A boy’s hockey tournament last Tuesday, Feb. 18 in Benson.

Taner Gimberlin took initiative, scoring his first of two goals on the night in the first period.

The second period was a period of action as the Storm tacked on three more goals, taking a 4-0 lead before Fairmont could even get on the scoreboard.

Travis Engebretson and Cole Watzke found Lincoln Pahl at 2:40 on the powerplay to put the Storm up 2-0. Then right off the next faceoff, Corey Storck gets the puck and fired one past Fairmont goalie Colton Cunning just six seconds later. At 8:21, Gimberlin scored his second of the night thanks to assists from Taylor Staples and Engebretson. Finally Fairmonts’ Ethan Lubenow fired one past Storm goalie Tony Bruns, who had a mere 13 saves with the win. Fairmont was now on the board trailing 4-1 with just over five minutes to play in the second.

Bo Olson answered the Fairmont goal just over a minute later when he found the net off passes from Storck and Pahl, sending the Cardinals into the locker room trailing 5-1.

Another powerplay goal in the third by Watzke sealed the 6-1 win for the Storm, who now move on to battle against No. 1 seeded Luverne in Luverne on Thursday, Feb. 20. In the previous two meetings, Luverne has taken the win, but the Storm has improved with each match up. First game was a 12-1 loss in Luverne on Dec. 14, and the second was a 10-4 loss in Benson Jan. 25. It'll be interesting to see how the Storm handles Luverne leading scorer and point leader Chaz Smedsrud Thursday night.

MBA Storm 6, Fairmont 1

FIRST PERIOD - MBA: Taner Gimberlin 6:53

SECOND PERIOD - MBA: Lincoln Pahl (Travis Engebretson, Cole Watzke) 2:40 pp; MBA: Corey Storck 2:46; Gimberlin (Taylor Staples, Engebretson) 8:21; F: Ethan Lubenow 11:27; MBA: Bo Olson (Storck, Pahl) 12:43

THIRD PERIOD - Watzke (Gimberlin, Bo Gullickson) 10:45 pp

GOALIE SAVES - Morris Benson: Tony Bruns 13; Fairmont: Colton Cunning 38

Brooke Kern

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