Cardinals nip Storm for 1st win of season

Mackenzie Householder

MORRIS — Fairmont Area eighth-grade defender Mackenzie Householder netted her second goal of the game during the waning seconds of regulation Saturday to propel the visiting Cardinals to a 4-3 non-league hockey victory over the Morris Benson Area Storm in Morris.

After Fairmont Area freshman defender Tegan Roskop tallied an unassisted goal with 3:36 remaining in the third period to knot the score at 3-all, sophomore forward Joni Becker delivered the final assist to Householder for the game-winning goal before the horn sounded with 1.9 seconds left.

Cardinal goaltender Emily O’Connor recorded 17 saves between the pipes to earn the team’s first victory of the season.

Ironically, the Storm never trailed in the game until the final tally. Hallie Watzke netted an unassisted goal at the 12:36 juncture of the first frame to stake Morris Benson Area to a 1-0 lead.

Householder, however, countered by converting a double-assist from Anna Nordquist and Becker into the Cardinals’ first goal at the 16:15 mark of the second period.

Taryn Picht answered for the Storm by finding the Cardinals’ webbing off an assist from Watzke with 14:41 remaining in the middle segment.

Nordquist then cashed in a Householder pass for the tying goal with just 3:07 remaining in the second period. Picht, however, regained a one-goal edge for the Storm by netting an unassisted goal only 45 seconds later in the frame.

The Cardinals and Storm each registered 20 shots on goal.

Fairmont Area (1-9) plays host to Worthington at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at Martin County Arena.

Boys Hockey

Morris Benson Area 9, Fairmont Area 4 — Zach Bruns and Jack Riley tallied two goals and one assist apiece to propel the Storm to a five-goal nonconference triumph over the Cardinals on Saturday in Morris.

Mathew Tolifson netted the first of his two goals on the contest off the first of three Kolby Goff assists at the 3:09 mark to pace Morris Benson Area’s uninterrupted five-goal first period.

Goff then distributed a helper to Parker Klemm at the 8:59 juncture for a 2-0 Storm lead before Bruns produced an unassisted tally to extend the gap to three with 10:45 to go in the opening segment.

Ashford Swenson cashed in a pass from Alexander Perowitz a little more than a minute later before Tolifson capped the productive first frame by wristing home a double-assist from Kellen Erdahl and Goff at the 13:25 mark.

Riley’s power-play score off a pass from Hunter Gades widened the Storm’s lead to 6-0 only 2:12 into the second frame.

Sophomore forward Carson Kuhl finally ended the Cardinals’ offensive drought by converting eighth-grade defender Hudson Artz’s assist into a goal 6:36 into the middle segment.

Senior center Thomas Havnen took a pass from senior defender Tanner DeWar and found the back of the Storm’s net to trim Fairmont Area’s deficit to 6-2 at the 13:08 mark of the second.

Karson Legred needed only 45 seconds into the third period to whittle the Cardinals’ gap in half by converting DeWar’s second helper into a power-play score.

Riley and Bruns, however, countered for Morris Benson Area, with Riley netting a goal off Bruns’ assist just 3:25 into the third frame.

Riley and Bruns traded roles only 17 seconds later when Riley fed Bruns for the twine-finding shot en route to an 8-3 lead.

Goff, who finished with a game-best three assists, capped the Storm’s scoring, while Havnen chalked up his second goal of the day for the Cardinals at the 11:08 mark.

Fairmont Area goalie Colby Kuhl stopped 23 of 27 shots on goal, while teammate Tyson Geerdes turned away 14 of 19 Morris Benson Area blasts.

Chase Engebretson halted 27 of the Cardinals’ 31 shots on goal to net the victory for the Storm.

Fairmont Area (0-8) travels to Worthington on Tuesday night.