The state’s top scorer, Tanner Picht, picked up his 11th hat trick of the season to help Morris Benson Area defeat Prairie Centre 9-4 on Thursday at the Benson Civic Center.
Picht scored the game’s first goal and added two more in the third period, and he also had two assists.
Teammates Mac Beyer and Corey Storck both scored two goals and Brody Gimberlin and Jordan Staples both had three assists.
Picht now leads Minnesota players with 47 goals and 81 points.
Beyer has recorded at least two points in 21 games this season.
Against Prairie Centre, Andrew Rentz and Darion Helberg also scored goals — Rentz also had an assist — and Helberg and Riley Blake both had two assists. Lincoln Pahl also had an assist for the Storm.
Goalie Kyle Kennedy turned back 14 shots.
Morris Benson 9, Prairie Centre 4
Prairie Centre 2 1 1 — 4
Morris Benson 3 3 3 — 9
FIRST PERIOD – MBA: Tanner Picht (Brody Gimberlin) 2:56; PC: Adam Froseth (Ryan Ritter, Preston Pung) PP 7:28; PC: Pung (Kyle Ruttan) PP 9:54; MBA: Darion Helberg (Riley Blake) 12:15; MBA: Mac Beyer (B. Gimberlin) 14:32 SECOND PERIOD – MBA: Beyer (B. Gimberlin, Picht) 1:03; MBA: Corey Storck (Helberg, Jordan Staples) 2:24; MBA: Andrew Rentz (Picht, Lincoln Pahl) 2:44; PC: Jeremy Brever (Pung) 13:59 SH THIRD PERIOD – PC: Sam Ecker (Pung) 2:25; MBA: Picht (Staples) 6:26; MBA: Picht (Rentz, Blake) 14:41 PP; MBA: Storck (Staples, Taner Gimberlin) 16:16 PP
PENALTIES – MBA: 3-0-0 –3; PC: 0-2-1 – 3
GOALIE SAVES – PC: Clay Deters 33; MBA: Kyle Kennedy 14