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4th Ranked Breck Trounces Spartans

By Dicky Dunn, 01/14/09, 12:07PM CST


The North American feral horse, known as the "mustang", has commonly been known to stampede, trample, kick, buck, barrel into, run over, stomp, and strike.  Last evening at Anderson Arena, the Breck School Mustangs' boys hockey team did all of the above to the St. Paul Academy and Summit School/Mounds Park Academy squad, beating the Spartans 9-1.

The Mustangs jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period, but the Academy kept battling and narrowed the lead to three as junior center Luc Bruggeman scored his first goal of the season about five minutes into the second period.  Breck's Tyson Fulton answered right back, scoring a flukey goal just a couple of minutes later, and Breck carried a 5-1 lead into the third period.

The Spartans were optimistic heading into the final stanza with one minute remaining on a man advantage, but Breck killed it off, and then scored three power play goals in the next five minutes to put the game completely out of reach.

Tyson Fulton and Mike Morin led the Mustangs with four points each, but more remarkable was the play of goaltender Johnny Russell.  His save numbers were not gaudy while only facing 18 shots, but on top of stopping a penalty shot by leading Spartan scorer Wyatt Wenzel, he also collected two assists in the game.

The Academy (8-4-1) will look to bounce back from two lopsided losses as they host conference foe Providence Academy on Saturday, 4:00PM at Historic Drake Arena.  The Mustangs (9-3-0) will migrate to Rochester on Saturday to take on Lourdes in a matchup of Class A powerhouses.