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MBA Storm freshman goaltender Tony Bruns started playoffs with a 8-10-1 record and 87 percent save percentage between the pipes, pictured here making one of his 13 saves against Fairmont Tuesday night.

MBA skates past Fairmont

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The No. 8 seeded Morris Benson Area Storm skated past No. 9 seeded Fairmont in round one action of the Section 3A boy’s hockey tournament last Tuesday, Feb. 18 in Benson.

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Taner Gimberlin took initiative, scoring his first of two goals on the night in the first period.

The second period was a period of action as the Storm tacked on three more goals, taking a 4-0 lead before Fairmont could even get on the scoreboard.

Travis Engebretson and Cole Watzke found Lincoln Pahl at 2:40 on the powerplay to put the Storm up 2-0. Then right off the next faceoff, Corey Storck gets the puck and fired one past Fairmont goalie Colton Cunning just six seconds later. At 8:21, Gimberlin scored his second of the night thanks to assists from Taylor Staples and Engebretson. Finally Fairmonts’ Ethan Lubenow fired one past Storm goalie Tony Bruns, who had a mere 13 saves with the win. Fairmont was now on the board trailing 4-1 with just over five minutes to play in the second.

Bo Olson answered the Fairmont goal just over a minute later when he found the net off passes from Storck and Pahl, sending the Cardinals into the locker room trailing 5-1.

Another powerplay goal in the third by Watzke sealed the 6-1 win for the Storm, who now move on to battle against No. 1 seeded Luverne in Luverne on Thursday, Feb. 20. In the previous two meetings, Luverne has taken the win, but the Storm has improved with each match up. First game was a 12-1 loss in Luverne on Dec. 14, and the second was a 10-4 loss in Benson Jan. 25. It'll be interesting to see how the Storm handles Luverne leading scorer and point leader Chaz Smedsrud Thursday night.

MBA Storm 6, Fairmont 1

FIRST PERIOD - MBA: Taner Gimberlin 6:53

SECOND PERIOD - MBA: Lincoln Pahl (Travis Engebretson, Cole Watzke) 2:40 pp; MBA: Corey Storck 2:46; Gimberlin (Taylor Staples, Engebretson) 8:21; F: Ethan Lubenow 11:27; MBA: Bo Olson (Storck, Pahl) 12:43

THIRD PERIOD - Watzke (Gimberlin, Bo Gullickson) 10:45 pp

GOALIE SAVES - Morris Benson: Tony Bruns 13; Fairmont: Colton Cunning 38

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