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Hockey Night: Eastview upends Prior Lake, matches last season's win total

By Legacy Hockey Staff, 12/14/21, 11:15PM CST

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Dec. 14: Evan Girdler scores five goals for Red Lake Falls; Brainerd hands Fergus Falls first loss; STA routs Holy Family

Eastview 4, Prior Lake 1

PRIOR LAKE - Four second-period goals, three coming on the power play, powered Eastview (5-1-0) to the 4-1 upset win over No. 9-2A Prior Lake (3-2-0) at the Dakotah! Ice Center Tuesday night.

Jordan Brothers, Logan Opgrand, Zach Wooten and Jordan Larkee each scored for the Lightning. Opgrand and Wooten each were credited with assists while John Kisch added three assists.

Alex Bump scored the lone Eastview goal in the third period.

Jay Svaren made 32 saves for Eastview while Trevor Boschee stopeed 13 of 17 shots for Prior Lake.

The upset victory was the second this season for Eastview, which stunned top 20-ranked St. Thomas Academy 2-1 on Dec. 2. The Lightning have already matched last season's win total. They were 5-14-0 a year ago.

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Red Lake Falls 7, Kittson County Central 4

HALLOCK - In a game that featured two of the state's top scorers, it was Red Lake Falls' Evan Girdler who stole the show with five goals to give the Eagles a 7-4 win over Kittson Central at the Hallock Ice Arena.

The five-goal performance was the first of the season. Last season there were 13 performances of five or more goals.

Entering the contest, Red Lake Falls senior Ty Kennett was tied for first in the state in scoring with 23 points and Kittson Central junior Tyler Hennen was second in state with 21 points. Kennett finished with a goal and an assist while Hennen had a goal.

Kittson Central's Landson Sugden and Girdler traded first-period goals before Girdler broke out with four goals in the second period, two coming while the Eagles were shorthanded. Girdler's final two goals of the period gave Red Lake Falls a 5-3 lead.

Kennett then scored in the third for a 6-3 margin.

Red Lake Falls improved to 4-3-0 while Kittson Central dropped to 3-2-1 after the Northwest Conference clash.

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Brainerd 5, Fergus Falls 4 (OT)

FERGUS FALLS - John Finnegan's goal 1:41 into overtime lifted Brainerd to the 5-4 triumph, the Warriors' first win of the season and No. 7-1A Fergus Falls' first loss.

Brainerd (1-4-0) led 3-1 after the first period as Alex Johnson scored twice. 

Fergus Falls (5-1-0) roared to life with three unanswered goals in the second period, including two from Carter Thielke, to take a 4-3 lead.

The Warriors' Holden Larson scored the lone goal of the third.

Brody Lund made 34 saves for Brainerd.

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Bemidji 4, Detroit Lakes 1

BEMIDJI - After trailing by a goal early in the first period, Bemidji (4-2-1) recovered and handed No. 12-1A Detroit Lakes (3-3-0) a 4-1 loss at Bemidji Community Arena.

Cole Larson gave the Lakers a 1-0 lead 1:45 into the first. Bemidji's Cooper Malkowski and Ben Kieson scored in the second period to rally the Lumberjacks.

Wyatt Mattfield scored on a breakaway to put Bemidji ahead  3-1 Bemidji before the Lumberjacks' Wylee Gladen added an empty-net goal.

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St. Thomas Academy 7, Holy Family 0

MENDOTA HEIGHTS - No. 17-2A St. Thomas Academy (2-3-0) scored 64 seconds into the opening period and the Cadets never looked back, erupting for a 7-0 win over Holy Family (2-4-0) at the St. Thomas Ice Arena.

After Jack Strobel got the Cadets on the board, Zach Howard scored the first of his three goals. Luke Candon and Mario Savino added first-period goals as St. Thomas Academy outshot Holy Family 22-4 in the first 17 minutes.

Howard completed his hat trick in the second period while Tyler Grahme rounded out the scoring with a power-play goal in the third. Austin Williams finished with three assists.

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Mound Westonka 7, Monticello 4

MONTICELLO - Mound Westonka (4-3-0) scored five goals in the first period and the White Hawks held for a 7-4 win over Monticello (1-5-0) at the Moose Sherritt Ice Arena.

Mound Westonka build a 6-0 lead before Monticello used two power-play goals and two goals by Gavin Simon in 40 seconds to trail 6-4 with 1:49 to play.

Mount Westonka's Andrew Swanson ended Monticello's comeback hopes with an empty-net goal.

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Duluth Denfeld 6, Rock Ridge 2

VIRGINIA - No. 8-1A Duluth Denfeld (5-2-0) closed the game with four-straight goals to defeat Rock Ridge (1-4-0) 6-2 and spoil the Wolverines' first home game in the new Iron Trail Motors Event Center.

Brennan Peterson gave Rock Ridge a 1-0 lead in the first period. Denfeld's Kaden Postal scored consecutive goals before Tyler Lamourea tied the game. However, Cooper McClure gave Denfeld a 3-2 lead with just over two minutes left in the second period.

Postal completed his hat trick in the third before McClure and Dominic Brennan added goals for the final score. Simon Davidson finished with five assists.

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Luverne 5, Windom 2

LUVERNE - No. 20-1A Luverne (4-0-0) stayed unbeaten after recording a 5-2 victory over Windom (3-2-0 in a Big South Conference showdown at the Blue Mound Ice Arena.

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