Tyler Hansen recorded a hat trick and in the process became the fourth boys hockey player since Morris and Benson combined to form the Storm to reach 100 career points as MBA downed Sleepy Eye 12-2 at the Benson Civic Center Tuesday.
Ethan Ratliff-Crain and Tanner Picht each chipped in with two goals and two assists in the contest. With the win the Storm improve to 2-1 on the season and to 1-0 in the Southwest Conference.
The Storm jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after the first period with Luke Schwarz getting the first goal on a power play, assisted by Kelly Engquist and Ratliff-Crain. Brody Gimberlin then scored his first varsity goal with assists going to Picht and Mac Beyer. Beyer picked up another assist on a goal by Ratliff-Crain, and Hansen closed out the scoring with an unassisted goal in the final minute. Andrew Fath stopped all three Indian shots in the period while the Sleepy Eye goalie, Sam Hirschboek, made 15 saves.
The second period was all Storm as well, as they added four more goals to lead 8-0. Hansen scored the first two, with Gimberlin assisting on the second goal. Defenseman Jordan Staples then tallied his first varsity goal off of a Tristan Michealson pass and Ratliff-Crain netted the final goal of the period unassisted.
Sophomore goaltender Paden Strutz replaced Fath midway through the period for his initial varsity action and he responded by stopping three Sleepy Eye shots while Hirschboek recorded 17 more saves.
Isaac Berens recorded his first goal of the year on a power play to open the third period scoring with assists going to Ratliff-Crain and Schwarz. Sleepy Eye picked up the next two goals, one on the power play, before Jake Huston got the Storm back on the board assisted by Gimberlin and Picht. Picht finished out the scoring for the game with a pair of short-handed goals in the final minutes. Huston picked up an assist on the second of these goals.
Strutz made four more saves in the period for a total of seven for the game while Hirschboek reached a total of 42 for the game while stopping 10 in the period. In the contest MBA outshot the Indians by a 54-12 margin.