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PREP HOCKEY: Luverne girls, boys capture wins

LE SUEUR -- A five-goal third-period explosion lifted the Luverne girls hockey team to an 8-4 non-conference win over St. Peter/LeSueur-Henderson/Tri-Cities United on Saturday.

Trailing 4-3 after two periods, Monique Aanenson, Katie Eeten, Madi Oye, Makayla Sterrett and Morgan Hohn all put the puck into the net during the third as the Cardinals improved to 14-4-0 overall.

Third-period assists went to Briana Erickson, Sterrett and Aanenson.

Luverne rallied from deficits of 2-0 and 3-1 to tie the game at 3.

Chelsea Kaelberer and Allison Plieseis scored goals as St. Peter went ahead 2-0 in the first period.

Sterrett scored the first of her two goals at the 12:15 mark of the first to trim the Cardinals' deficit to 2-1. After Plieseis netted her second goal of the game to give the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead. Hohn tallied the first of her two goals at the 1:56 mark for Luverne.

The Cardinals' Madisyn Dingmann tied the game at 3 on a second period goal before Plieseis completed a natural hat trick at the 3:38 mark, when the Bulldogs went ahead 4-3.

Luverne, which held a 53-35 edge in shots, was 0 of 4 during power-play chances. St. Peter failed to scored on its only power play.

The Cardinals' Kennedy Gonnerman stopped 31 of 35 shots to become the winning goalie. The Bulldogs' Veronica Sinell made 45 saves on 53 shots in the loss.

No. 2-seeded Luverne is idle until Feb. 12, when the Cardinals host the winner of No. 3-seeded Fairmont and No. 6-seeded Worthington in the semifinal round of the Class A Section 3 Tournament at 7 p.m.


Luverne 7, Dodge County 2

KASSON -- A hat trick from Skyler Wenninger helped Luverne defeat Dodge County in a non-conference boys hockey game Saturday.

Wenninger scored three of the Cardinals' first five goals as Luverne built a 5-1 lead almost 30 minutes into the game.

After Chaz Smedsrud handed the Cardinals a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal at the 9:25 mark of the first, Wenninger made it 2-0 with a goal 7 minutes later.

Andrew Verhey and Jonny Solma had first-period assists.

In the second period, Luverne went ahead 3-0 on Cole Despinlter's goal and Jackson Frankenhoff's assist at the 15:33 mark.

Luverne had a four-goal lead, when Wenninger struck again --this time on the power play --with 11:29 left in the second after being set up by Austin Maxwell.

After Tanner Dufault broke up the shutout with a Dodge County goal, Wenninger scored this third goal at the 4:49 mark on passes from Solma and Conner Hoffman.

Andrew Lewis trimmed the Luverne lead to 5-2 with a goal for the Wildcats before Hoffman completed the second-period scoring with a goal that was assisted by Wenninger.

Andrew Verhey extended the Cardinals' lead to 7-2 in the third period after passes from Frankenhoff and Travis Frakes.

Luverne, which went 2 of 3 in power-play chances, held a 25-12 edge in shots.

The Cardinals' Kendall Crabtree made 10 saves on 12 shots to become the winning goalie. Mitch Sobotta was the losing goalie after piling up 13 saves on 18 shots. He was relieved by Joey Biwer, who made five saves on seven shots.

Luverne, which is 17-3-1 overall, plays a Southwest Conference game at Windom Area at 7 p.m. today.