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Hockey: Waiting for the bus

Mike Halvorson celebrates with teammates after his second period goal against Wadena Deer Creek Tuesday, Dec. 4, in Wadena. Jason Groth / Forum News Service1 / 4
Mike Halvorson finds the net on this shot in the second period to put Morris Benson Area on the board against Wadena Deer Creek Tuesday, Dec. 4, in Wadena. Jason Groth / Forum News Service2 / 4
MBA goalie Brady Bachman in action during the 6-2 loss to Wadena Deer Creek Tuesday, Dec. 4, in Wadena. Jason Groth / Forum News Service3 / 4
Tyler Buss skates down the ice with the puck against Wadena Deer Creek Tuesday, Dec. 4, in Wadena. Jason Groth / Forum News Service4 / 4

A miscommunication between Benson, Morris, and the game day transportation got the Morris Benson Area boys hockey team off on the wrong foot and it never recovered as the Storm fell 6-2 to Wadena Deer Creek Tuesday, Dec. 4, in Wadena.

“Apparently the bus thought we left Benson at 4:10 p.m., not Morris, so (the bus driver) showed up to the (Morris) rink about 30 minutes late,” MBA coach Jeremiah Day said of picking up Morris players at the Lee Community Center, in Morris, before heading to Wadena for the game.

The Storm ended up getting to Wadena around 6:40 p.m., Day said, and the game got started after a half hour delay.

Continuing that trend, when the game started, it was slow going as no team could find the net in the first 17 minutes.

Things livened up in the second period, however, as seven goals were scored between the two teams.

MBA’s Mike Halvorson got the Storm on the board first with a goal under 30 seconds in to the second period off a feed from Brady Goff and Mathew Tolifson. WDC responded just over 30 seconds later off the stick of Max Phillips.

That’s when things started going south for MBA. Back-to-back penalties gave WDC nearly four straight minutes on the power play. The Wolverines capitalized quickly, using roughly one minute total of the one-man advantage opportunities to add two goals and take a 4-1 lead.

WDC got called for having too many men on the ice, which gave the Storm their first opportunity to convert on a power play this season. Tolifson was the power play goal scorer just over a minute into the man advantage, off feeds from the Goff brothers, Kolby and Brady.

WDC added its third power play goal of the game to hold a 5-2 lead at intermission, and Phillips added his fourth goal of the night in the third period to put the game on ice.

“We made a few mistakes that landed us in the sin bin a few too many times and Wadena made us pay for it,” Day said, adding that the Storm played very well in the first 17 minutes of the game.

The Storm spent 23 minutes in the penalty box on six infractions, and the Wolverines were 3-for-5 on those power play opportunities.

Morris Benson’s Brady Bachman had 29 saves while WDC’s Josh Dykhoff had 23 saves.

The Storm next play Bagley-Fosston Friday, Dec. 7, in Bagley.

WDC 6, MBA 2

MBA (0-2)...................0 2 0 – 2

WDC (3-1)..................0 5 1 – 6

FIRST PERIOD – No scoring

SECOND PERIOD – M: Mike Halvorson (Brady Goff, Mathew Tolifson) 0:25… W: Max Phillips (Lleyten Pettit, Colby Schertler) 1:06… W: Justin Dykhoff (Tyler Reese) 3:58… W: Phillips (Schertler, Pettit) 4:45 pp… W: Phillips (Wyatt Murray, Pettit) 6:45 pp… M: Tolifson (Kolby Goff, B. Goff) 9:22pp… W: John Oberg (Daunte Leiran, Dykhoff) 16:07pp

THIRD PERIOD – W: Phillips (Pettit, Schertler) 16:35

GOALIE SHOTS / SAVES – Morris Benson Area: Brady Bachman 29… Wadena Deer Creek: Josh Dykhoff 23

Brooke Kern

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