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HOCKEY ROUNDUP: Windom Area wins 1st ever girls' hockey conference championship

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HOCKEY ROUNDUP: Windom Area wins 1st ever girls' hockey conference championship
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LUVERNE -- For the first time in history, the Windom Area girls' hockey team is conference champions.

The Eagles defeated Luverne 6-4 Thursday night, claiming the Southwest Conference title.


Sara Luhmann scored three times to lead the Eagles to a two-goal victory against the Cardinals (7-11).

Lauren Christensen scored the opening goal on an assist from Amanda Niessink to give Luverne a 1-0 lead.

However, Luhmann scored her first goal of the night as the game was tied after the first period.

It was in the second period when the Eagles made their move.

Luhmann started the period with a goal, and Shelby Veenker added a power-play goal with an assist from Lisa Johnson to give WA a 3-1 lead.

Mikki Fitzer answered with a goal, and Steph Schultz scored on a power play to tie the game at 3-all.

Johnson added an unassisted goal, giving WA a 4-3 lead.

Luhmann and Johnson scored less than a minute apart to give WA a 6-3 lead.

Fitzer scored a goal late, but the Cardinals couldn't make up the final goals in a 6-4 loss.

Brooklyn Drahota made 21 saves for WA, while Katie Shearer stopped 11 shots for Luverne.

Luverne will be at Redwood Valley Saturday.

Windom Area 1 3 2 -- 6

Luverne 1 2 1 -- 4

Boys Luverne 8, Sleepy Eye 0

LUVERNE -- Phil Paquette scored three goals and added two assists to lead the Luverne boys' hockey team to a victory against Sleepy Eye Thursday.

Paquette started the scoring for Luverne (8-5-1) in the first period on assists from Nick Meyer and Zach Olson.

Connor Fitzer added a short-handed goal on an assist from Meyer, and Olson gave the Cardinals a 3-0 lead with a goal assisted by Paquette and Tim Connell.

Fitzer and Skyler Swier each scored a goal in the second period, and Paquette added two more as Luverne had a 7-0 lead after two periods.

Connell scored Luverne's lone goal in the third period on assists from Paquette and Olson, giving the Cardinals an 8-0 victory.

Tanner Skattum made 18 saves for Luverne, which had 44 shots on goal in the game.

The Cardinals will travel to Redwood Valley Saturday.

Sleepy Eye 0 0 0 -- 0

Luverne 3 4 1 -- 8