The Morris Benson Area Storm boys hockey team defeated Fairmont 7-5 Saturday, Jan. 12, in Fairmont. It was the second time playing each other this season as MBA won both contests.

MBA took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission thanks to goals from Mathew Tolifson and Brady Loge.

Fairmont locked the game at 2-2 with the only goal of the second period.

Fairmont came out quick, scoring two goals in the first 88 seconds of the third period, to take a 4-2 lead. MBA answered with a goal by Kellen Erdahl to trim the deficit to 4-3 at 12:26, but Fairmont quickly pushed it back to two under a minute later. MBA wouldn't go away quietly, however, adding four unanswered goals in the remaining 11 minutes own to hold on for the its fifth win of the season.

“We had it and we lost it,” Fairmont coach Kris Olson told the Fairmont Sentinel. “It’s a tough one. Once again it comes back to needing to play a full game. We didn’t put our 51 minutes up.”

Loge and Will Breuer each scored two goals apiece. Jack Riley also had a goal in the third period.

The Storm improves to 5-8 on the year and next travels to Mayville-Portland Tuesday, Jan. 15, in Mayville.

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Morris Benson 7, Fairmont 5

MBA (5-8) 2 0 5 – 7

Fairmont (1-13) 1 1 3 – 5

FIRST PERIOD – F: Kuhl (Artz, Anderson), 16:34… M: Tolifson (Riley), 14:15… M: Loge (Goff), 0:16

SECOND PERIOD – F: Anderson (Kuhl), 12:20

THIRD PERIOD – F: Artz (Anderson), 16:01… F: Legred (DeWar), 15:32… M: Erdahl (unassisted), 12:26… F: Leiding (DeWar), 11:43… M: Riley (unassisted), 11:22… M: Breuer (unassisted), 9:15… M: Breuer (unassisted), 4:42… M: Loge (unassisted), 0:08

GOALIE SAVES / SHOTS: Morris Benson Area: Peyton LeClair 26 / 33… Fairmont Tyson Geerdes 26 / 33