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Storm boys open with loss to Willmar

The Morris Benson Area boys' hockey season started in Willmar Tuesday with a 9-2 loss to the Cardinals.

Storm goalie Alex Sinclair turned away 40 shots. Most of the game was played in his front yard and the Cardinal attackers had many good looks.

Sinclair is one of only three seniors on a Storm team that has 11 sophomores and freshmen on an 18-player roster.

The Storm kept it close for the first 25 minutes.

Tyler Hansen got the Storm on the board with an end-to-end rush in which he faked out a defender at the blue line and sniped a 25-footer that temporarily tied the game 1-1.

Tanner Picht's break-in goal made it 4-2 at 4:27 of the second period.

But Cardinal junior Liam Johnston's third goal at 8:30 started a run and the period ended with the Cardinals up 7-2. Johnston pounded the Storm net for five goals. Gabe Amon, the center on the all-junior first line, was good for the hat trick and defenseman Jake Tone assisted on three markers.

Ben Leitch faced just 11 shots in the Willmar net.