Bulldogs storm by Cardinals boys hockey, 11-0

LINING UP — Fairmont Area’s Hudson Artz (10) prepares to take a shot on goal as Minnesota River goaltender Gunner Domine looks on during Big South Conference hockey action Tuesday night at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. The Cardinals’ Carson Kuhl (left) watches the shot. (Photo by Greg Abel)

FAIRMONT — The Minnesota River Bulldogs mauled the Cardinals.

Minnesota River beat Fairmont Area 11-0 in the Cardinals’ opening boys hockey game of the 2018-19 season at Martin County Arena in Fairmont on Tuesday night.

The scoring started early for the Bulldogs. On a power-play opportunity, Minnesota River’s Ken Ringler scored off a double-assist from Jade Reicks and Danny McCabe at the 5:10 mark of the first period.

Only 1:13 later, the Bulldogs’ Brady Sowder scored an unassisted goal to put Minnesota River up 2 with 11:37 left in the first period.

Lane Schwarz joined the party with a goal at the 9:39 mark in the first period off Jade Reicks’ second assist and Blake Olness scored for the Bulldogs with 1:47 remaining in the opening segment off the first of three assists from Seth Reicks.

The Bulldogs outshot Fairmont Area 17-3 in the opening period.

The second period was not more kind to the Cardinals, for the Bulldogs outshot Fairmont Area 22-5 in the middle segment.

Tyson Sowder produced a natural hat trick, scoring at the 0:09, 4:57 and 6:08 marks. Sowder’s first was unassisted, his second came off Seth Reicks’ second assist, while the Bulldogs were a man down, and the third was assisted by Hunter Wilmes.

Jade Reicks scored the Bulldogs’ fourth goal of the middle period with 8:07 remianing off a Schwarz assist, while Wilmes scored the final goal unassisted with 1:11 left.

During the second period, Fairmont Area’s Noah Nelson left the ice with an injured left ankle, Fairmont Area head coach Kris Olson said the team isn’t sure what the injury is yet, but it is hoping for only a sprain.

After the second Bulldog goal of the middle period, Fairmont Area switched goalies from Tyson Geerdes to Dakotah Hoefker. Geerdes ended the day with 19 saves, while Hoefker made 21 the rest of the way.

Wilmes scored again in the final period with 9:11 remaining off a Charlie Weick assist and Blake Olness scored the Bulldogs final goal with 2:44 left in the period off a double assist from Brock Olson and Seth Reicks.

Kris Olson said his team played tough and shook off some nerves.

“It was a good, hard start,” Kris Olson said. “The boys played hard, for a lot of them it was their first high school action and there were a lot of nerves. You could see it in the first period, that’s just what we’re trying to get past. The team we played has three or four games under their belt already and you’re talking about a team that graduated one player from their team last year. I’m happy with our effort, now we just need to start honing some stuff.

“We went into this game just expecting to make some evaluations. There were a lot of good things.”

Minnesota River outshot the Cardinals 51-11 in the matchup.

Fairmont Area (0-1, 0-1 Big South) plays its next game Thursday at Waseca, while Minnesota River (4-1, 2-0 Big South) plays Saturday at Windom.

MN River 4-5-2–11

Fairmont 0-0-0– 0

Scoring Plays

1st Period

MR–Ken Ringler (Jade Reicks, Danny McCabe), 12:50.

MR–Brady Sowder (unassisted), 11:37.

MR–Lane Schwarz (Jade Reicks), 7:21.

MR–Blake Olness (Seth Reicks), 1:47.

2nd Period

MR–Tyson Sowder (unassisted), 16:51.

MR–Tyson Sowder (Seth Reicks), 12:03.

MR–Tyson Sowder (Hunter Wilmes), 10:52.

MR–Jade Reicks (Lane Schwarz), 8:07.

MR–Hunter Wilmes (unassisted), 1:11.

3rd Period

MR–Hunter Wilmes (Charlie Weick), 9:11.

MR–Blake Olness (Brock Olson, Seth Reicks), 2:44.

Shots on goal: Minnesota River 17-22-12–51; Fairmont Area 3-5-3–11.

Saves: Gunner Domine (MR) 11; Tyson Geerdes (FA) 19; Dakotah Hoefker (FA) 21.

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

Power-play chance: Minnesota River 1-3; Fairmont Area 0-2.

Girls Hockey

Worthington 3, Fairmont Area 1 — The Trojans skated past the Cardinals 3-1 in a Big South girls hockey clash Tuesday night in Worthington.

Mackenzie Householder scored the first goal of the game off a Joni Becker assist to give Fairmont Area a 1-0 lead with 5:27 remaining in the first period.

The Trojans’ Kya Nickel tied the game with 4:58 left in the opening period on an unassisted goal.

Ashton Fogelman scored an unassisted goal with 12:34 remaining in the second period, while Kessey Aljets used a Madisyn Shreiner assist to score with 2:07 left in the middle segment.

Rachel O’Connor made 17 saves in net for the Cardinals.

Fairmont Area (1-5) hosts Minnesota River on Thursday night.

Fairmont Area 1-0-0–1

Worthington 1-2-0–3

Scoring Plays

1st Period

FA–Mackenzie Householder (Joni Becker), 5:27.

W–Kya Nickel (unassisted), 4:58.

2nd Period

W–Ashton Fogelman (unassisted), 12:34.

W–Kessey Aljets (Madisyn Shreiner), 2:07.

3rd Period

No scoring.

Shots on goal: Fairmont Area 12-8-9–29; Worthington 8-8-2–18.

Saves: Rachel O’Connor 17.

Penalties: Fairmont Area none; Worthington 2 for 4 minutes.

Power-play chances: Fairmont Area 0 for 2; Worthing 0 for 0.