REDWOOD FALLS - Chris Hallden scored a hat trick, including the game-winning goal, to help the Redwood Valley Cardinals to a 4-3 victory over the Fairmont Area Cardinal boys hockey team on Saturday in Redwood Falls.
Hallden was the hero for the hometown team, scoring just 37 seconds into overtime on a Logan Sandgren pass to break the 3-3 tie.
Grant Becker's second goal of the game gave Fairmont Area the opportunity to win in overtime, sending a Matt Lytle pass through the crease at 4:01 in the third period to tie the game at 3-3.
Becker scored an unassisted, shorthanded goal 16 seconds into Redwood Valley's first power play at 2:14 in the first period to give the visiting Cardinals a 1-0 lead.
Two minutes later, Hallden netted his first goal of the game to even the score off an assist from Austin Kretsch.
Greg Claeys took back the advantage for Fairmont Area by scoring a goal off of an assist from Kalon Wilson at 12:41 in the second period.
Hallden evened the game again for the hometown Cardinals 40 seconds into the final frame, before teammate Jacob Prouty gave Redwood Valley its first lead 43 seconds later on a Hunter Breidenbach assist to make it 3-2.
Colton Cunning stopped 46 of Redwood Valley's 50 shots on net, while Jordan Houle stopped 27 of Fairmont Area's 30 shots on goal.
Fairmont Area (1-10, 1-1 South Central Conference) plays host to Luverne in a 7 p.m. nonconference game on Tuesday night at Martin County Arena.
FA - Grant Becker (unassisted, sh., 2:14.
RV - Chris Hallden (Austin Kretsch), 4:18.
FA - Greg Claeys (Kalon Wilson), pp, 12:41.
RV - Chris Hallden (unassisted), 0:40.
RV - Jacob Prouty (Hunter Breidenbach), 1:23.
FA - Grant Becker (Matt Lytle), 4:01.
RV - Chris Hallden (Logan Sandgren), 0:37.
Saves: Colton Cunning (FA) 46; Jordan Houle (RV) 27.
Shots on goal: Fairmont Area 30; Redwood Valley 50.
Penalties: Fairmont Area 3 for 17 minutes; Redwood Valley 3 for 6 minutes.
Power plays: Fairmont Area 1-for-3; Redwood Valley 0-for-3.