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Mankato West tops Faribault Falcons 6-3

By By: Mark Remme, 12/10/10, 9:06AM CST


Mankato West’s Andrew Frentz draws a penalty late in the second period as FHS senior Sean Lipinski is called for cross checking during Thursday’s game. (Mark Remme/Daily News)

Ville Rantanen scored three first-period goals and added an assist as the Mankato West boys hockey team defeated Faribault 6-3 at Faribault Ice Arena on Thursday.

Rantanen, a foreign exchange student from Finland, is currently the state’s leading goal scorer with 19. He showed the Falcons early on why he carries that distinction with a natural hat trick in the first — two of which coming unassisted.

“He was a force in there,” FHS coach Brad Ryan said. “Even though it was 3-2 after the first, he was a huge reason why they were on the board.”

Unfortunately for the Falcons, when Rantanen was contained his teammate Landon Brown wasn’t.

Brown scored a pair of goals in the second period to put the Scarlets up 5-2 heading into the third, and despite matching goals in the final period the Falcons were unable to make the comeback.

Brandon Teske scored a pair of goals in the first period for Faribault to keep the game close heading into the second. Senior Sean Lipinski scored Faribault’s final goal in the third.


MW    3    2    1    —    6
FHS    2    0    1    —    3

Scoring – First period: 6:39 FHS Brandon Teske (Jack Helgeson, Cody Colegrove), 9:21 MW Ville Rantanen (Andrew Frentz), 10:13 MW Rantanen (unassisted), 16:00 MW Rantanen (unassisted), 16:25 FHS Teske (Sean Lipinski). Second period: 5:04 MW Landon Brown (Nate Olsen), 8:35 MW Brown (Billy Bigham). Third period: 9:21 FHS Lipinski (Helgeson, Colegrove), 16:20 MW Olsen (Rantanen. Shots on goal — MW 34, FHS 16. Power plays — MW 3-11, FHS 1-4. Saves — MW Jake Kaufman 13, FHS Jarrad Bruessel 28.