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Hard Work Leads to Two Wins

By Laker Correspondent, 12/14/11, 12:00PM CST


 Victories over Monticello and Holy Family was the result of hard work by the MWHS boys hockey team the week of Dec 5.

At Monticello Tues. the 6th The White Hawks came out flying and dominated the Moose, outshooting the home team 12-2 in the opening period. Most of the 1st was played in the Monticello zone with the Hawks keeping the opposition back on their heels chasing the puck. The 2nd frame was not much different with MW holding the edge with several odd man rushes throughout the period. Unfortunately, the White Hawks could not find the back of the net and at the end of two, it was scoreless.

There was more of the same in the 3rd until at 11.30 Charlie Curti (Bingham) found the twine when he passed the puck up the right boards to David Bingham who returned the puck to a streaking Curti at center ice. Curti gained the offensive zone firing a puck past the Moose goaltender using the Monticello defender as a screen. Jack Brandstetter scored an open netter after the Moose pulled the goalie in the last minute for a 2-0 final with MW junior netminder Andy Seats recording the shutout.

Holy Family paid a visit to Thaler arena Sat. Dec. 10 for a late afternoon tilt between two WCC conference foes. The Fire opened the scoring just 70 sec. into the 1st with a top self shot from the right circle for the early lead. The pace was fast, furious,  and entertaining and at 10.00 MW senior Mitch Spanjers (Oborsky) scored his first of the season when Oborsky skated the puck into the Fire zone finding Spanjers on the far side of the net. At the end of the 1st it was tied at one.

Holy Family scored the only goal of the 2nd at 4.13 with Will Garin (Gersich,Marooney) putting the Fire in the lead. Garin, an 8th grader is a Mound resident. The assist to Gersich would be the states 2nd leading scorer’s only point of the game. The Fire came close to gaining a 2 goal lead with a shot off the MW cross bar and one off the post in the period. At 13.02 HF was shorthanded for hooking and the White Hawks moved the puck well on the power play and the last 4 minutes of the period the Fire skaters appeared to be wearing down.

The White Hawks came out firing on all cylinders at the start of the 3rd. At 1.17 Riley Williams (J. Brandstetter) knotted up the game and less than a minute later Junior Jeremy Schulz (Luehmann) put the home team in the lead for good. MW’s Williams (Curti) stretched the lead to two at 4.50 after a 2 on 1 break created pressure in the Fire defensive zone. David Bingham scored on a breakaway at 14.07 when the senior beat the HF goaltender with the puck dribbling into the net. Alex Bakke added the final goal on an open net at 15.37. White Hawk netminder David Engel stood on his head the entire game recording 26 saves, with one acrobatic baseball/swinging style save with his stick, preventing a sure HF goal to preserve the MW lead. The 5 goal 3rd period outburst sealed the game moving the White Hawks to 4-2 on the season with a convincing 6-2 victory. Next up on the schedule is a home game Thurs. Dec. 22 with New Ulm.