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Boys hockey: LHS wins, Windom Area exits

LUVERNE — Luverne moved its way into the semifinals of the Section 3A boys hockey tournament with a 13-2 quarterfinal-round win over Morris-Benson Area Friday night at Blue Mound Arena.

Jumping early into a 5-1 lead through the first period, the Cardinals got plenty of players ice team as they finished off a three-game sweep over the Storm for this season. Luverne rested its top two lines in the final period.

Plenty of skaters had hands in scoring for the Cardinals. Senior forward Gunnar Olson, sophomore forward Chaz Smedsrud and eighth-grade forward Jaxon Nelson all had hat tricks for Luverne. Travis Frakes, Connor Hoffman, Eric Tofteland and Toby Sengvongxay had one score apiece.

Senior forward Logan Norman racked up three assists while junior forward Andrew Verhey, Smedsrud, Sengvongxay all had two.

Luverne will now face Hutchinson — today at 5:30 p.m. — in the first of two section semifinals at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.

“My hope is that everybody’s ready to go. We’ve been building for this moment,” Luverne head coach Derrick Brown said. “They’re playing some of their best hockey right now, so we’ll have to play our best game of the season to beat them.”

M-BA 1 1 0 — 2

Luverne 5 7 1 — 13

Willmar 7, Windom Area 0

WILLMAR — Scoring two goals in the first period, two more in the second and three more in the third, Willmar earned a 7-0 shutout on its home ice against Windom Area, in the quarterfinals of the Section 3A boys hockey tournament.

TJ Mattison netted two goals for the Cardinals while Hunter Mottinger, Isaac Kobienia, Cole Block, Riley Grabow and Joey Lee each added one.

WA goaltender Nate Monson turned away 40 of the 47 shots the Eagles faced in the game. Windom Area had 10 shots of its own to 47 by the Cardinals.

WA 0 0 0 — 0

Willmar 2 2 3 — 7