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Storm boys reach goals

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The Morris Benson Area boys' hockey team finished the 2008-09 season 11-11-1 overall.

Along the way, the Storm had three-game winning streaks and never lost more than two straight.

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Coach Jim Kennedy said the season was highlighted by "peaks and valleys."

In the end, the team accomplished a couple of goals.

First, the Storm broke the .500 mark.

The other Storm goal was to be seeded in the section 6A tournament. Morris Benson was seeded No. 6. The season ended with a 6-2 loss to No. 3 Sartell in the first round of section playoffs.

Seniors Peter Lindblad, Mike Morales, Dustin Sauter, Brook Guest, and Will Johnson, along with foreign exchange students Juho Luhtakanta, Sampsa Purojarvi, Andreas Siggelin, and Timo Widmann, provided the experience to lead the Storm.

Johnson has been the team's primary goaltender and finished the season 9-9-1 with a save percentage of 89.

Lindblad's high school career ends with 132 points. This season he led the Storm with 55 points, 35 goals, including seven hat tricks, and 20 assists.

Lindblad was named the teams' Most Valuable Player.

Morales had 23 points, and Sauter and Siggelin had 16 points apiece.

Sophomore Tyler Hansen picked up 35 points on 21 goals and 14 assists. He recorded two hat tricks.

Sophomore Brady Valnes had 17 points this season.

The Iron-Man Award was presented to Thomas Horecka.

Andrew Fath was named Most Improved.

The Rookie of the Year Award went to Ethan Ratliff-Crain.

Hardest Worker honors were shared by Will Johnson and Mike Morales.

Dustin Sauter was named the Top Defenseman.

Kennedy said the players should be proud of being varsity athletes. He commended them for always being respectful and setting a good example for the youth in the hockey program.

"Varsity athletes are role models," he said.

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