Luverne boys hockey chills Fairmont Area, 12-2

HALTED — Luverne goaltender Colton Schutz manages to sweep the puck away from Fairmont Area’s Carson Kuhl (13) during Big South Conference hockey action Tuesday night at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

FAIRMONT — Four goals from Gaige Nath and a six-goal first period propelled Luverne.

The Luverne Cardinals soared by the Fairmont Cardinals 12-2 in a Big South Conference boys hockey clash at Martin County Arena on Tuesday night.

Luverne’s Mark Sterrett opened the game’s scoring with a goal at the 10:15 point of the first period off a double assist from Ben Serie –the first of four on the day and three in the first period — and Carlton Oftedahl.

Nath scored his first goal with 8:12 left in the opening segement off a double assist from Serie and Marshall Dammann.

Joesef Olson scored the first of Fairmont Area’s goals unassisted when he collected a loose puck in front of the net and wristed it into the upper-right corner of the webbing with 6:48 left in the first period.

Serie scored the next goal for Luverne with 4:29 left in the opening segment off a double assist from Dammann and Mark Sterrett.

Colby Crabtree scored for the visiting Cardinals with 3:17 left off a Mason Steensma assist, Serie scored his second with 2:15 remaining off a double assist from Austin Watts-Boll and Cooper Arends, and Nath scored the final goal of the opening period off a double assist from Sterrett and Serie with 1:57 remaining.

Nath scored to open the second period with 11:08 left off an assist from Sterrett — giving Sterrett a playmaker.

Mason Steensma scored for the visiting Cardinals with help from Tyler Roberts and Crabtree at the 10:09 juncture, Nath scored his fourth goal off a double assist from Serie and Arends with 7:42 left in the middle segment and Sterrett scored with a helper from Nath at the 5:36 juncture of the middle segment.

Evan Carlson scored unassisted for Fairmont Area as the buzzer sounded to end the second period.

With a running clock in the final segment, Skylar Dingmann scored for the visiting Cardinals off a double assist from Roberts and Steensma with 12:31 remaining and James Chanthalangsy scored unassisted with 6:47 left in the matchup.

Fairmont Area head coach Kris Olson said his team needs to do a better job getting shots on goal and making it harder for opponents to get shots on goal.

Luverne outshot Fairmont Area 56-17 in the matchup.

Dakotah Hoefker made 13 saves for the home Cardinals and Tyson Geerdes made 30.

Fairmont Area (0-12, 0-8 Big South) plays at Worthington at 7 p.m. Thursday night.

Luverne (5-8, 5-3 Big South) plays Saturday at Willmar at 3:30 p.m. in a nonconference contest.

Luverne 6-4-2– 12

Fairmont 1-1-0– 2

Scoring Plays

1st Period

LVN–Mark Sterrett (Ben Serie, Carlton Oftedahl), 10:15.

LVN–Gaige Nath (Ben Serie, Marshall Dammann), 8:12.

FMT–Joesef Olson (unassisted), 6:58.

LVN–Ben Serie (Marshall Dammann, Mark Sterrett), 4:29.

LVN–Colby Crabtree (Mason Steensma), 3:17.

LVN–Ben Serie (Austin Watts-Boll, Cooper Arends), 2:15

LVN–Gaige Nath (Mark Sterrett, Ben Serie), 1:57.

2nd Period

LVN–Gaige Nath (Mark Sterrett), 11:08.

LVN–Mason Steensma (Tyler Roberts, Colby Crabtree), 10:09.

LVN–Gaige Nath (Ben Serie, Cooper Arends), 7:42.

LVN–Mark Sterrett (Gaige Nath), 5:36.

FMT–Evan Carlson (unassisted), 0:00.

3rd Period

LVN–Skylar Dingmann (Tyler Roberts, Mason Steensma), 12:31.

LVN–James Chanthalangsy (unassisted), 6:47.

Shots on goal: Luverne 56; Fairmont Area 17.

Saves: Colton Schutz (LVN) 15, Dakotah Hoefker (FMT) 13, Tyson Geerdes (FMT) 30.

Penalties: Luverne 3 for 6 minutes; Fairmont Area 5 for 10 minutes.

Power-play chances: Luverne 1 for 5; Fairmont Area 0 for 3.