Storm boys win third straight
Andrew Fath got his first start of the year in goal for the Storm and responded by helping the team win their third straight game defeating Sleepy Eye 8-3 Tuesday on the road.
Hansen got the Storm on the board first with an unassisted goal four minutes into the game, but the Indians tied the score with five minutes remaining in the period.
Schwarz then gave the Storm a 2-1 lead at the period break when he scored assisted by Engquist and Jake Manska.
The Storm spent a good part of the second period shorthanded, but they still were able to stretch their lead to 6-3 after two. After Sleepy Eye tied the game at 2-2, Tyler Hansen scored back-to back goals off assists from Beyer and Picht to put the Storm in the lead for good at 4-2.
The Indians scored to draw within 4-3, but then Tristan Michealson threaded a perfect pass through traffic to a streaking Jake Huston who beat the Sleepy Eye goalie and the Storm regained their two-goal advantage.
Tanner Picht added another goal to end the period with a 6-3 lead.
The Storm scored two more third period goals as Fath kept the Indians scoreless. Picht scored a power-play goal assisted by Kelly Engquist, and Luke Schwarz added another goal assisted by Ethan Ratliff-Crain.
The line of Josh Taylor, Tanner Kirkeide, and Andrew Rentz also had many good chances on the night as they played very well in the Indians zone. MBA played this game without defenseman Valnes, as he will miss the next 4-6 weeks after sustaining a back injury in the Windom game.
Defensemen Manska, Thomas Horecka, Huston, Michealson, and Isaac Berens played well in front of Fath and will be called upon more often with the loss of Valnes.