Waseca boys ice Fairmont Area; Tigers edge Cardinal girls in 2-OT sectional

UNITED — Fairmont Area’s Hudson Artz (back right) carries the puck up the ice as Cardinal teammates Evan Carlson (22), Eli Anderson (front left) and Carson Kuhl join the rush during Big South Conference hockey action Friday night at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. (Photo by Kyle McAreavy)

FAIRMONT — The Bluejays soared past the Cardinals on senior night.

Waseca beat Fairmont Area 13-4 as the Cardinals honored their five seniors on roster and senior manager in a Big South Conference matchup Friday night in Martin County Arena.

Eli Anderson collected a playmaker and more when he assisted on all four of the Cardinals’ goals.

The Bluejays opened the scoring quickly with an unassisted goal 18 seconds into the game from Ben Priebe.

At the 6:49 mark of the first period, Josh Eustice joined Priebe on the scoreboard with a goal off an assist from Brandon Dahnert. Dahnert passed to Eustice from behind the net and Eustice redirected the puck into the right side of the webbing.

Fairmont Area responded with its first goal of the night when Anderson chased down a puck going up the ice toward the Waseca net and passed to his right to Hudson Artz, who deked the goalie to put the Cardinals on the board at the 3:29 mark of the opening segment.

Waseca scored the final goal of the period whe Bailey Schumacher scored his first of his hat trick with 3:16 remaining off a helper from Noah Berg.

The Bluejays’ Ben Mathern was the first to score in the second period when he used a double assist from Jagger Johnson and Dahnert on a breakaway to get past the Fairmont Area goalie at the 15:58 mark of the second period.

Carter Leiding scored at the 13:15 mark to keep the Cardinals close when he took a pass from Anderson around the back of the goal and wrapped the puck inside the right side of the webbing.

Waseca then rattled off three consecutive goals from Schumacher, Eustice and Jevning, respectively, to take a 7-2 lead.

Carson Kuhl broke the Bulejays’ streak with a goal at the 7:33 mark off a double helper from Anderson and Artz. Kuhl took a pass on the player-bench side of the ice and slapped the puck into the lower right side of the net.

The Bluejays scored three more consecutively from Marcus Priebe, Berg and the hat trick score for Schumacher, respectively.

Kuhl scored the final goal of the period off a double helper from Anderson and Artz once again. Anderson passed to Artz near the left post of the net, then Artz passed behind his back to Kuhl, who was waiting on the right side of the net and tapped the puck past Waseca’s goalie for the score.

Eustice scored a hat trick with his goal to open the third period, while Andy Roessler and Ben Priebe both scored in the final segment to create Waseca’s final score.

Though the game didn’t go as planned, Fairmont Area head coach Kris Olson said his team enjoyed themselves on senior night.

Waseca outshot Fairmont Area 49-18 in the matchup.

Dakotah Hoefker made 19 saves in net for the Cardinals, while Tyson Geerdes made 24.

“We had fun, the team had fun and the seniors had fun in their final home game,” Olson said.

Waseca had quieted the Fairmont Area crowd in the second period, until senior manager Levi Buhmann took the ice and layed a big hit on a much bigger Bluejay, sending the Waseca player off his skates and bringing the crowd back into the matchup.

During the break between the first and second period, the Cardinal seniors participated in a shoot out with their parents. Tony Nuss and his parents took home the plaque this year, making eight of nine opportunities.

Fairmont Area (1-19, 1-13 Big South) ends its regular season with a Big South matchup against New Ulm next Friday. Waseca (8-11, 6-5 Big South) plays today at Windom Area.

Waseca 3-7-3–14

Fairmont 1-3-0– 4

Scoring Plays

1st Period

WAS–Ben Priebe (unassisted), 16:42.

WAS–Josh Eustice (Charlie Huttemier), 6:49.

FMT–Hudson Artz (Eli Anderson), 3:29.

WAS–Bailey Schumacher (Noah Berg), 3:16.

2nd Period

WAS–Ben Mathern (Jagger Johnson, Brandon Dahnert), 15:58.

FMT–Carter Leiding (Eli Anderson), 13:15.

WAS–Bailey Schumacher (unassisted), 13:15.

WAS–Josh Eustice (Jackson Rolling), 8:50.

WAS–Jonah Jevning (Richard Diedrich, Drew Harguth), 8:42.

FMT–Carson Kuhl (Eli Anderson, Hudson Artz), 7:33.

WAS–Marcus Priebe (Ben Priebe), 7:26.

WAS–Noah Berg (Brandon Dahnert, Ben Priebe), 5:49.

WAS–Bailey Schumacher (Noah Berg), 2:27.

FMT–Carson Kuhl (Eli Anderson, Hudson Artz), 0:29.

3rd Period

WAS–Josh Eustice (Bailey Schumacher, Nolan Wetzel), 13:15.

WAS–Andy Roessler (Ben Mathern, Jagger Johnson), 6:24.

WAS–Ben Priebe (Riley Forshee), 0:12.

Shots on goal: Fairmont Area 18; Waseca 49.

Saves: Dakotah Hoefker (FMT) 19, Tyson Geerdes (FMT) 24, Jack Moseley (WAS) 14.

Penalties: Fairmont Area 1 for 2 minutes; Waseca 5 for 10 minutes.

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

Girls Hockey

Marshall 3, Fairmont Area 2 — Logan Sherman scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to propel the No. 2-seeded Tigers to a narrow win over the No. 7-seeded Cardinals during Section 3A quarterfinal action Friday at Red Baron Arena in Marshall.

Marshall plays host to No. 3-seeded Mankato West at 3:30 p.m. today in a sectional semifinal. Mankato West beat No. 6-seeded Worthington 8-4 to reach the second round.

Fairmont Area ended its season with a record of 4-22.

Eighth-grade goaltender Hadley Artz kept the Cardinals in the game by recording a game-best 45 saves as Marshall outshot Fairmont, 48-19 on the playoff game.

The Tigers defeated the Cardinals, 8-1 and 10-0, during the regular season, but Artz and Fairmont Area battled Marshall to two extra periods during Friday’s sectional clash.

The Cardinals’ Joni Becker scored in the first period off a double assist from Mackenzie Householder and Brooklyn Meyer to take the first lead of the game with 8:07 left in the opening segment.

The Tigers tied and passed the Cardinals in the second period with unassisted goals from Leah Schaefer and Tessa Gannott at the 11:13 and 0:19 marks, respectively.

With only minutes left, Fairmont Area’s Anna Nordquist put in the shorthanded equalizer off an assist from Householder at the 1:06 mark of the final segment to send the game to overtime.

There was no scoring in the first overtime segment before Sherman scored 39 seconds into the second overtime for Marshall.

Fairmont 1-0-1-0-0–2

Marshall 0-2-0-0-1–3

Scoring Plays

1st Period

FMT–Joni Becker (Mackenzie Householder, Brooklyn Meyer), 8:07.

2nd Period

MAR–Leah Schaefer (unassisted), 11:13.

MAR–Tessa Gannott (unassisted), 0:19.

3rd Period

FMT–Anna Nordquist (Mackenzie Householder), 1:06.

1st Overtime

No Scoring.

2nd Overtime

MAR–Logan Sherman (unassisted), 0:39.