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Storm girls take 2nd at Willmar

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Morris Benson Area defeated Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato for the second time this season, before falling to the hosting Cardinals in the Willmar girls' hockey tournament Friday and Saturday.

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MBA 6

L/D-C 2

The Storm dominated against Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato Friday night in the semi-finals of the Willmar Invitational, defeating the Dragons 6-2.

The Storm out shot the Dragons 53-18.

The game started out even with a tied score after one period of play. After the Dragons scored midway through the first period, Sam Falk answered 17 seconds later with a Storm goal on assists from Dani Schultz and Brooke Anderson.

The Storm took control in the second period, scoring two unanswered goals. Schultz scored on an assist from Sam Falk and Anderson added an unassisted goal on a power play to give the Storm a 3-1 lead.

On another power-play early in the third period, Sam Falk increased the lead to 4-1 with an assist from Sara Rajewsky.

The Dragons got the puck past Storm goalie Brooke Falk midway through the third frame on their own power-play opportunity.

Sara Rajewsky added an unassisted goal to put the Storm up 5-2.

With only seconds remaining in the game, Emily Rajewsky capped off the scoring with a short-handed goal off Sara Rajewsky's assist.

Brooke Falk had 16 saves for the Storm. The Dragon goalie stopped 47 pucks.

Willmar 5

Morris Benson 2

The Willmar girls' hockey team captured its own Cardinal Classic Saturday with a 5-2 win over Morris Benson Area.

Willmar dominated in the first 17 minutes, going up 3-1 after one period of play.

Anderson got the Storm on the board with an assist from Schultz.

Both teams were scoreless in the second period, despite the Storm getting 15 shots on goal.

In the final period, Willmar added another goal before Schultz took advantage of a power-play opportunity. Emily Rajewsky and Katia Vantries were credited with the assists.

A fifth Cardinal scored in the final minute of the game to give Willmar the three-point win.

Brooke Falk had 29 saves in the Storm net.

The Willmar goalie stopped 27 shots.

"MBA may be the best-skating team we've played," said Willmar team captain Chelsey Wierschem. "They're fast. You can misjudge them and they play hard."

It was the Cardinals' third straight win after defeating Mankato East 6-0 Friday night at the Invitational.

The Storm drop to 3-2 and travel to Little Falls on Thursday. This weekend the Storm will play on the Morris ice for the first time this season when both the boys and the girls host Luverne Saturday afternoon.

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