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Girls hockey: Sterrett, Bartels key Cards

BRIAN KORTHALS/DAILY GLOBE Luverne's Mariah Aukes brings the puck across the blue line and into Marshall Tiger territory Tuesday night in section girls hockey action.1 / 2
BRIAN KORTHALS/DAILY GLOBE Luverne's Madilyn Oye travels with the puck past Marshall's Miranda Fischer during Section 3A girls hockey at Blue Mound Arena Tuesday evening.2 / 2

LUVERNE — Makayla Sterrett scored four goals and the Luverne Cardinals girls hockey team slid to a 6-1 victory over Marshall Tuesday in the semifinals of the Section 3A tournament.

The result sets up a championship match against top-seeded New Ulm, which defeated No. 4 Fairmont 10-2 Tuesday. Luverne, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, will face New Ulm in Redwood Falls Thursday at 7 p.m. The two combatants have not faced each other yet this season, but LHS head coach Tony Sandbulte said following the Marshall victory that the Eagles have earned the right to be considered the favorite.

“New Ulm has beaten us the last five times in the section championship,” Sandbulte said.

On Tuesday, however, Luverne got an outstanding game in goal from Emilie Bartels, who stopped 33 of 34 shots put up by third-seeded Marshall (Luverne also attempted 34 shots). And then there was Sterrett, who scored the game’s only first period goal on an assist from Ellen Dahl. The Cardinals outscored Marshall 4-1 in the second period and Sterrett scored the first goal of the period unassisted.

Dahl scored the team’s third goal unassisted and Sterrett put in the fourth and fifth goals, both on assists from Madisyn Dingmann.

Marshall finally got on the board in the second period on a power play. Teegan Wyffels got the goal and was assisted by Lizzie Archbold and Hanna Peterson. Luverne’s Kristen Reisdorfer, assisted by Mariah Aukes and Macy Walgrave, scored Luverne’s final goal in the third period.

Sandbulte said Luverne, 22-3, did a good job of protecting Bartels in goal and got out well in its transition game. But to beat New Ulm on Thursday, they’ll have to be especially sharp.

“When we get our chances, we’ve got to bury them,” Sandbulte explained.

Marshall 0 1 0 — 1

Luverne 1 4 1 — 6