Morris Benson Area travelled to Breezy Point near Pequot Lakes for the boys' hockey holiday tournament Dec. 28-30. The Storm faced Red Lake Falls, Northern Lakes, and Bagley/Fosston and came home without a victory, going 0-3 in the round robin format of the tournament.
The Storm are now 3-6 on the season and 2-0 in the Southwest Conference.
Red Lake Falls 11
Morris Benson 1
In the opening game on Monday, the Storm trailed Red Lake Falls throughout on the way to an 11-1 defeat.
Red Lake Falls led 3-0 after the first period as the Storm could only manage three shots on goal in the period. Storm goalie Alex Sinclair was credited with seven saves.
Tanner Picht scored the only Storm goal of the afternoon in the second period with an assist from Ethan Ratliff-Crain. The Eagles tacked on three more goals to lead 6-1 after two. Sinclair made 11 saves in the period and the Eagles' goalie came up with 13.
The third period was all Red Lake Falls, as they added five more goals in the 11-1 win. Sinclair and Andrew Fath, who came in midway through the period, stopped a combined five shots in the period for a game total of 23. The Eagles' goalie made seven third-period saves, also for a game total of 23.
Northern Lakes 7
Morris Benson 1
The Storm played much better Tuesday in the second round when they took on the host team, Northern Lakes. The Storm controlled the action for much of the game, but after scoring the first goal of the game, they could not get another puck past the Lightning goalie Joey Bergquist.
Kelly Engquist scored that first goal, assisted by Picht, to give the Storm a 1-0 lead. Northern Lakes scored the next three goals for a 3-1 advantage after one. Sinclair made eight stops in the period while Bergquist made six.
The Storm kept most of the action in the Lightning end in the second period, out-shooting Northern Lakes by a margin of 16-8, but the Lightning got the only three goals of the period for a 6-1 lead.
Northern Lakes added one more goal in the final period to make the final score 7-1. Third period shots were 14 for Northern Lakes and six for the Storm.
Morris Benson 4
The final day of the tournament saw the Storm take on Bagley/Fosston.
Matt Huot got his first start in goal for the Storm, and he responded by making 25 saves on 29 shots while playing the first half of the game. Fath finished up in goal, making two saves in the third period, but Bagley/Fosston held on for a 5-4 win as a furious third-period Storm comeback attempt fell short.
The Flyers scored the first three goals of the game before Tyler Hansen scored off of an assist from Mac Beyer to make the score 3-1 in favor of Bagley/Fosston after one period.
The Flyers scored the only goal of the second period on the power play to make the score 4-1, but the Storm started to show some life in the last half of the period, controlling the action and getting 14 shots on goal. Bagley/Fosston's goalie, Gavin Ross, stopped everything the Storm threw at him to preserve the lead.
The Storm used the momentum gained in the second period for a strong third, out-shooting the Flyers by a margin of 13-3 and out-scoring them 3-1. Luke Schwarz got the first Storm goal when he knocked home the rebound of a Jake Manska shot. Picht then scored with the assist from Hansen to draw the Storm to within 4-3 with just under seven minutes remaining in the period. Engquist fed Hansen an outlet pass that sent him on a breakaway which he converted to tie the score just two minutes later. The Flyers scored on a scramble in front of Fath with 3:14 remaining for the game-winning goal.