Luverne hockey ices Fairmont Area

LUVERNE — Forward Kamryn VanBatavia generated a game-best five points on the strength of two goals and three assists to power the Luverne Cardinals past the Fairmont Area Cardinals, 7-1, during Big South Conference hockey action Tuesday night.

Rozilyn Oye triggered Luverne’s 50 shots-on-goal barrage by converting Shelby Kracht’s assist into a 1-0 lead with 9:27 remaining in the opening period at Blue Mound Ice Arena in Luverne.

VanBatavia, an eighth-grader, then doubled Luverne’s lead by assisting on Rylee Gee’s power-play goal with 3:15 left in the first frame.

Freshman Mackenzie Householder then answered for Fairmont Area with a power-play goal just 21 seconds into the second period. Householder’s unassisted goal trimmed the visiting Cardinals’ gap to 2-1 before VanBatavia re-established a two-goal advantage for Luverne.

VanBatavia cashed in junior forward Claire Baustian’s assist for a goal before Baustian followed with back-to-back goals to extend Luverne’s lead to 5-1 after two periods completed.

VanBatavia assisted Reghan Bork’s goal to account for Luverne’s late third-period score before VanBatavia cashed in a double-assist from Gee and Bork with only 2:46 remaining in regulation.

Eighth-grade goaltender Hadley Artz recorded an incredible 43 saves between the pipes for Fairmont Area, who tallied 13 shots on goal.

Fairmont Area (1-3) squares off against the St. Paul Blades at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Paul West.

Luverne (4-1-1) travels to Windom Area on Thursday night for a 7 p.m. game.

Fairmont 0-1-0–1

Luverne 2-3-2–7

Scoring Plays

1st Period

LUV–Rozilyn Oye (Shelby Kracht), 9:27.

LUV–Rylee Gee (Kamryn VanBatavia, pp., 3:15.

2nd Period

FMT–Mackenzie Householder (unassisted), pp., 16:39.

LUV–VanBatavia (Claire Baustian), 10:12.

LUV–Baustian (VanBatavia, Gee), 6:50.

LUV–Baustian (unassisted), 4:42.

3rd Period

LUV–Reghan Bork (VanBatavia), 6:49.

LUV–VanBatavia (Gee, Bork), 2:46.

Shots on goal: Fairmont Area 3-6-4–13; Luverne 17-19-14–50.

Penalties: Fairmont Area 2 for 4 minutes; Luverne 3 for 6 minutes.

Power-play chances: Fairmont Area 1 for 3; Luverne 1 for 2.