Storm end on winning note, start post-season Saturday in Sauk Centre
Morris Benson Area closed out the regular season on a winning note, defeating Wadena-Deer Creek 9-5 Tuesday.
As the No. 9 seed, the Storm boys will start post-season play by returning to Sauk Centre Saturday for a play-in game against No. 8 Prairie Centre.
In Benson Tuesday, the Storm took a 4-0 lead in the first period, before the Wolverines got on the board. Darion Helberg, Mac Beyer, Brody Gimberlin, Kelly Engquist, and Luke Schwarz scored goals to give the Storm a 5-1 advantage after one period of play.
At the end of the second period, the Storm held an 8-3 lead adding goals from Schwarz, Tanner Picht, and Beyer.
Gimberlin scored the Storm's only goal of the third period.
Morris Benson Area 9
Wadena-Deer Creek 5
Wadena-DC 1 2 2 -- 5
Morris Benson 5 3 1 -- 9
FIRST PERIOD - MBA: Darion Helberg (Brody Gimberlin, Jordan Staples) :21; MBA: Mac Beyer (Kelly Engquist, Staples) PP 3:40; Gimberlin (Luke Schwarz) SH 4:29; MBA: Engquist (Staples, Beyer) 9:20; WDC: Mitchell Swanson (Mike Paavola, David Najjar) 10:16; MBA: Schwarz (Tanner Picht) PP 11:29
SECOND PERIOD - MBA: Luke Schwarz (Gimberlin) :30; MBA: Picht (Engquist, Corey Storck) 1:50; WDC: Swanson (Jake Krause PP 7:40; WDC: Mike Paavola (Najjar) 11:55; MBA: Beyer (Tanner Mikkelson) 16:36
THIRD PERIOD - WDC: Bridger Pettit (Swanson) PP 10:56; MBA Gimberlin (Schwarz, Helberg) 16:16; WDA: Swanson (Pettit, Dylan Phillips) 16:59
PENALTIES - Morris Benson Area: 2-2-1 - 5; Wadena-DC: 3-1-0 - 4
SHOTS ON GOAL - Morris Benson Area: 13-10-6 - 29; Wadena-DC: 1-10-6 - 17
GOALIE SAVES - Morris Benson Area: Paden Strutz 12; Wadena-DC: Wesley Janson 8, Cory McManigle 12