Stars ice Cardinals in invite clash, 6-2

MORRIS — Hunter Fletcher produced two goals and two assists to power the Prairie Centre North Stars to a 6-2 opening-round victory over the Fairmont Area Cardinals during the Morris Benson Area Holiday Tournament on Thursday.

Fletcher played a key role in three out of the Stars’ four first-period goals en route to a 4-0 margin over the Cardinals.

Fletcher cashed in Seth Deters’ assist for a net-finding shot with 8:53 remaining in the opening segment before Daniel Thompson tallied an unassisted goal just 41 seconds later.

Fletcher then combined with Noah MacDonald for a double-assist on Deters’ goal with 3:04 to go in the first frame before teaming with Andrew Bick to set up Cole Crosby’s final goal of the initial period with 2:26 remaining.

Evan Carlson ended Prairie Centre goaltender Jesson Gould’s shutout bid by delivering Fairmont Area’s first goal of the game at the 10:15 juncture of the middle period.

Fletcher answered with his second goal of the night off a double-assist from Hudson Prung and Jacob Zollman with 2:01 left in the second frame.

Bick then converted Zollman’s second helper of the game into a third-period goal for the Stars before the Cardinals’ Josef Olson delivered an unassisted goal with 2:01 left in regulation.

Fairmont Area netminder Colby Kuhl turned away 46 shots on goal, while Gould stopped just 13 to exit the arena with the win for Prairie Centre.

Fairmont Area (1-11) plays host Morris Benson Area at 1 p.m. today in the third-place game at the Morris Civic Center.

Prairie Centre 4-1-1–6

Fairmont Area 0-1-1–2

Scoring Plays

1st Period

PC–Hunter Fletcher (Seth Deters), 8:53.

PC–Daniel Thompson (unassisted), 8:12.

PC–Deters (Noah MacDonald, Fletcher), 3:04.

PC–Cole Crosby (Fletcher, Andrew Bick), 2:26.

2nd Period

FA–Evan Carlson (unassisted), 10:15.

PC–Fletcher (Hudson Prung, Jacob Zollman), 2:01.

3rd Period

PC–Bick (Zollman), 14:50.

FA–Josef Olson (unassisted), 2:01.

Saves: Colby Kuhl (FA) 46; Jesson Gould (PC) 13.