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GIRLS' HOCKEY: Cardinals fly past Eagles in section hockey

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WINDOM -- Sarah Luhmann on Tuesday night became the first hockey player for Windom Area to score 200 career points, but Luverne's girls' hockey team became the first of the two rival teams to advance past the second round of the Section 3A playoffs.

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The third-seeded Cardinals scored four unanswered goals to defeat the second-seeded Eagles 4-1.

Luhmann, a senior center, broke a scoreless tie with an unassisted goal in the first period, but Luverne dominated the rest of the game.

Katie Eeten, an eighth-grader, scored on a hard shot from near the blue line early in the second period to notch the equalizer, and Kat Dahl scored the winner on an assist from Mikki Fitzer later in the period.

Amanda Niessink gave Luverne a two-goal lead on assists from Lauren Christensen and Liz Solma with 1:35 remaining in the period, and Paige Olson scored on assists from Fitzer and Steph Schultz with 5:03 remaining in the game to seal the victory and help Luverne avenge a regular-season sweep.

Kelsey Theesfeld made 13 saves in goal for the Cardinals, and Brooklyn Drahota made 39 stops for the Eagles.

Luverne will face top-seeded New Ulm at 7 p.m. Friday at the Redwood Falls Community Center.

Luverne 0 3 1 -- 4

Windom Area 1 0 0 -- 1

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