Morris Benson boys win two straight
The Morris Benson Area boys' hockey team won two games last week to run their record to 3-1 on the young season.
Morris Benson 6
The Storm travelled to Windom Saturday, Dec. 6 to take on the Eagles and came away with an exciting 6-5 win. Windom got on the board first, scoring five minutes into the game to take a 1-0 lead.
Peter Lindblad of the Storm then tied the game with a power-play goal, assisted by Tyler Hansen and Mike Morales at the 11:36 mark.
Hansen then scored to give the Storm the lead just 1:13 later with an assist going to Sampsa Purojarvi.
Storm goalie Will Johnson made eight saves in the period while the Windom goalie was stopping 10 Storm attempts.
Brady Valnes scored just 1:11 into what would turn out to be a high-scoring second period to give the Storm a 3-1 lead with another assist by Purojarvi, but the Eagles got the goal back just 1:33 later to make the score 3-2.
When Lindblad scored again, assisted by Morales, to regain the two-goal lead for the Storm, it looked as though the Storm might be able to enjoy a lead going into the third period. However, Windom answered with a three-goal flurry in the final five minutes of the period to take a 5-4 lead.
Johnson had a busy second period, stopping 17 shots with the Eagles goalie being credited with just six.
Lindblad capped his outstanding game by scoring two power-play goals in the third period, one at the 3:20 mark, and the game winner at 6:58 to give the Storm a 6-5 lead. Morales finished off a four-assist game as he and Andreas Siggelin assisted on both goals.
Johnson and the defense of Dusty Sauter, Brook Guest, Juho Luhtakanta, Jake Manska, and Thomas Horecka did the rest, keeping the Eagles scoreless for the rest of the period to preserve the 6-5 win.
Johnson made 10 more saves in shutting down the Windom offense in the final period for a game total of 35 and the Eagle goalie stopped 14 shots in the period for a game total of 30.
Morris Benson 7
Sleepy Eye 1
The Storm extended their winning streak to three with a 7-1 win over Sleepy Eye on Tuesday at the Benson Civic Center.
Sauter gave the Storm a 1-0 lead at the 12:08 mark when he scored unassisted on a breakaway.
Morales stretched the lead to 2-0 at the first period break, scoring a goal off of passes from Hansen and Lindblad with just 1:05 left in the period.
Johnson only had to make one save in the period as the Storm controlled the action in the Sleepy Eye zone the entire night. The Sleepy Eye goalie had seven saves in the period.
Sleepy Eye scored its only goal of the night just 1:20 into the second period to close the gap to 2-1. The goalie made several outstanding saves throughout the period, frustrating the Storm as they attempted to build on their one-goal lead.
Lindblad was finally able to get the puck in the net for the Storm with just 38 seconds remaining to give the Storm a 3-1 lead heading into the final period. Morales and Guest assisted on the goal.
Johnson came up with three saves in the period to 14 for the Sleepy Eye goalie.
The third period was all Storm as they scored four times while shutting out Sleepy Eye. Valnes got the first goal 5:20 into the period with an assist from Hansen.
Lindblad then scored consecutive goals, completing his hat trick on the night and his seventh goal in the past two games. The first was an unassisted short-handed breakaway, and the second was assisted by Siggelin.
Valnes then completed the scoring when he scored off of a rebound of a Sauter shot.
Johnson made nine saves in the final period for a game total of 13 while the Sleepy Eye goalie stopped 13 for a total of 34.
The Storm are now off until they travel to Breezy Point for a holiday tournament put on by the Northern Lakes team Dec. 29-31. They take on Red Lake Falls on the 29th, Northern Lakes on the 30th, and Bagley/Fosston on the 31st.