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Wayzata overpowers Apple Valley

By David La Vaque, Star Tribune, 12/14/10, 11:45PM CST

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Top-ranked Trojans move to 7-0 on the season


Apple Valley’s Kris Goodman, left, crossed sticks Tuesday with Mario Lucia of Wayzata at the goal. Lucia scored two goals and had two assists in the 5-3 win. David Brewster, Star Tribune


Mario Lucia

Wayzata's Mario Lucia had incentive to shine Tuesday.

His father, Gophers men's hockey coach Don Lucia, and older brother Tony, a former Gophers captain, were at Hayes Arena in Apple Valley.

"I guess I was trying to impress them a little," Mario said.

Job well done.

Lucia had a hand in the top-ranked Trojans' first four goals in a 5-3 victory against No. 6 Apple Valley. Playing its fourth game this season against an opponent ranked in the top 10, Wayzata improved to 7-0.

Lucia set up the Trojans' first goal with masterful stick handling and a pass for teammate Tony Cameranesi to bury at 6:46 of the first period.

Apple Valley answered on a goal from Tate Erickson later in the period, then went ahead 2-1 when Kris Goodman scored just 1:08 into the second period.

"You could see they were starting to take control," Wayzata coach Carl Davis said of Apple Valley (3-2). "But it was nice to see us respond."

Two goals from Lucia just 47 seconds apart gave Wayzata a 3-2 lead late in the second period. The Trojans have outscored opponents by a combined 28-6 in the first two periods this season.

"It's always important to try to win the first period, build momentum and then keep your foot on the pedal," Lucia said.

A power-play goal from Marc Richards just 25 seconds into the third period gave Wayzata a 4-2 lead. But Apple Valley came back with Erickson's second goal of the game 49 seconds later.

The Trojans restored the two-goal advantage on Kage Tiller's power-play goal.

Apple Valley's standout forwards A.J. Michaelson (no points) and Hudson Fasching (two assists) were held in check.

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