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Top Lines Doom White Hawks

By Laker Correspondent, 01/18/11, 9:52PM CST



The White Hawk boys hockey team faced two opponents with similar team characteristics Jan. 13 & 15. Both teams top lines  have scored the lions share of the goals for each during the first half of the season.

Thursday Jan. 13 the White Hawks played the Hopkins Royals at the Hopkins Pavilion. The Royals controlled play much of the 1st  period with most of the play in the MW end. At 11.46 Hopkins converted on a pass from the corner  to the far side of the net getting the puck past MW goalie David Engel. 

In the 2nd frame the Royals continued to dominate with four unanswered goals, two of them by leading scorer Tanner Holmquist. The Hopkins Junior had 2 goals and 2 assists on the evening. After the Royals scored shorthanded at 12.26 MW coach Doug Runke  switched netminders  to give Engel some relief and Andy Seats finished the game. The Royals outshot the White Hawks 15-1 in the 2nd.

Both teams found the mesh  one time in the 3rd with MWs Jack Brandstetter scoring  on a high shot from the right slot area at 5.56 with assists from Blake Brandstetter and Matt  Pearson. Sophomore Jack Brandstetter  has been a bright  spot with 5 goals 7assists  for 12pts on the season and is the teams 2nd leading scorer. Hopkins would finish the game outshootting  MW 41-27 in a 6-1 White Hawk defeat.

On Saturday,  Jan. 15 the Delano Tigers paid a visit to Thaler Arena for a WCC contest.  The Tiger's senior lead top line of Tyler Heinonen, Dillon Mclain, and Jack Prinsen have scored 49 of the 74  Delano goals to date.  Heinonen  opened the scoring at 3.26 with an assist from Mclain off a snap shot from the right circle.  At 8.22 White Hawk Alex Bakke almost scored when his shot rang off the left pipe over to the right pipe and layed on the goal line before the Tiger goaltender covered up the puck.   End of the 1st,  Delano 1 MW 0

At just .31 of the 2nd periond and immediately following a power play, the  Tigers Mclain  scored  on a tip in off a blue line shot from  Heinonen.  Delano scored again at 6.31 on a power play goal from Prinsen,  assisted by Mclain and Heinonen.  Late in the 2nd, White Hawk freshman Hunter Smith notched his 5th goal of the season at 14.52 off an assist from Jack Brandstetter.   Mound was able to get pressure on Delano, even outshooting them for the game, but was unable to put any more pucks past the stellar Delano goaltender, Pioniemi.  Delano would score again in the 3rd on an open net goal at 16.24 after MW pulled the goalie for an extra  attacker.  Final score, Delano 4 MW 1.

The  boys record stands at 5-7-2 after a 4 game skid.  Next up, rival Orono Thurs. Jan. 27 at home 7 pm and at Litch. Sat. Jan. 29.