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Orono snaps quarterfinal winless streak with 6-1 victory over Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato

By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune, 03/07/18, 4:00PM CST


A four-goal outburst in the second period propelled the Spartans into the semifinals for the first time in four tries.

Orono's Lucas Jorgenson tried to score against Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato's Darby Halonen, but the puck hit the pipe. Here, Jorgenson got the rebound and put it in the net in the second period. Photo: Brian Peterson * brian.peterson@startribune.com

Orono held a recent practice at Xcel Energy Center to prepare for the state tournament environment.

But no lights and no crowd meant the Spartans did not get the full effect. That came Wednesday afternoon.

Nerves and Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato conspired to keep No. 3 seed Orono off the scoreboard for the first period. But the Spartans found their groove with a four-goal second period and rolled to a 6-1 victory.

Orono (21-7-1) defeated the Dragons by a combined score of 17-1 in two prior games this season. The Spartans’ victory Thursday extended the program’s mastery of the Dragons to 37 consecutive games dating back to December 2001.

First report

No. 3 seed Orono seized control during its 6-1 victory against Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato with a four-goal outburst in the second period.

Goals scored just 27 apart from Lucas Jorgenson and Davey Burns set the wheels in motion. Daniel Eckerline and Jack Kubitz doubled the advantage. The Dragons (16-12-1) were unable to respond.

The Spartans snapped their 0-3 slump in state tournament quarterfinals since 2006. Speaking of streaks, Orono (21-7-1) extended its mastery of the Dragons to 37 consecutive games dating back to December 2001.

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