Section 3A hockey: Luverne hockey blanks Windom Area
LUVERNE -- Scoring three times in the first period, the Luverne High School boys hockey team coasted to a 5-0 victory over Windom Area Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Section 3A tournament.Trey Roberts, Mark Sterrett and Coy Gonnerman scored...
LUVERNE -- Scoring three times in the first period, the Luverne High School boys hockey team coasted to a 5-0 victory over Windom Area Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Section 3A tournament.
Trey Roberts, Mark Sterrett and Coy Gonnerman scored goals for the Cardinals to help their team to a 3-0 advantage, with assists from Jim Erickson, Ben Serie and two by Chris Jelken. One more goal in the second period by Serie, assisted by Jesse Reed, and a fifth in the third from Gaige Nath, assisted by Gonnerman and Andrew Reisch, and the Cards had their shutout.
“We outshot ‘em pretty heavily,” said Luverne head coach Phil Paquette. “Hats off to their goalie; he played a great game. I’d like to see a few more of them go into the goal, but …”
Luverne put 75 shots on goal against the Eagles and their goalkeeper, Peter Ignaszewski, while allowing only 18.
Today at 5:30 p.m. at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, the top-seeded Cardinals (20-5-1) will go against No. 5 Hutchinson (7-16-3). The Tigers beat fourth-seeded New Ulm 2-1 in their quarterfinal game to advance.
Luverne and Hutchinson were not matched up in the regular season this year, but Paquette expects a tough, low-scoring game today.
“They stay in every game. Their record is not great, but they have great goaltending,” he said.
Paquette said his Cardinals are playing good hockey these days after going through a rough stretch around the beginning of the New Year, where they lost three of four. The team won 10 straight games heading into the playoff season.
Now, said Paquette, it’s important for players to be in good shape physically. Originally, Saturday’s quarterfinal round was supposed to have been played Thursday, but bad winter weather crunched the tournament into a Saturday-Monday-Wednesday format.
“Hopefully they’re well-rested and ready to go,” Paquette said about his troops.
Windom Area 0 0 0 -- 0
Luverne 3 1 1 -- 5