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Storm boys open with loss to Willmar

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Storm boys open with loss to Willmar
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The Morris Benson Area boys' hockey season started in Willmar Tuesday with a 9-2 loss to the Cardinals.

Storm goalie Alex Sinclair turned away 40 shots. Most of the game was played in his front yard and the Cardinal attackers had many good looks.

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Sinclair is one of only three seniors on a Storm team that has 11 sophomores and freshmen on an 18-player roster.

The Storm kept it close for the first 25 minutes.

Tyler Hansen got the Storm on the board with an end-to-end rush in which he faked out a defender at the blue line and sniped a 25-footer that temporarily tied the game 1-1.

Tanner Picht's break-in goal made it 4-2 at 4:27 of the second period.

But Cardinal junior Liam Johnston's third goal at 8:30 started a run and the period ended with the Cardinals up 7-2. Johnston pounded the Storm net for five goals. Gabe Amon, the center on the all-junior first line, was good for the hat trick and defenseman Jake Tone assisted on three markers.

Ben Leitch faced just 11 shots in the Willmar net.

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