MBA girls 8, Luverne 0
The Morris Benson girls smothered host Luverne in a Saturday, Dec. 18, prep hockey game, prevailing 8-0.
A lot of the smothering was done by Dani Schultz. The accomplished Storm skater sent the puck into the net four times. She accounted for the first three goals of the game as the Storm asserted themselves en route to upping their season record to a glittering 7-2.
The shutout was accomplished by stalwart goalie Brooke Falk, whose save total was 16.
Schultz's first goal of the night had Sam Falk and Sara Rajewsky assisting. Schultz scored with a Rajewsky assist to put MBA up 2-0. Schultz's third goal was an unassisted job and it came at 3:45 of the second period.
Kelly Mahoney scored with an assist from Sam Falk at 5:54.
Rajewsky scored a shorthanded goal as the MBA momentum continued into the third period. Schultz assisted.
Schultz was back at it with a goal at 4:08 with an assist from Mahoney. Sam Falk sent the puck into the net with an assist from Mahoney at 6:10, and Kayla Benson scored the final goal, assisted by Sam Falk, at 13:44.
Autumn Wentzel was the Luverne goalie and she had 28 saves.
MBA boys 3, Luverne 2
The complexion of the game changed quickly when the Morris Benson boys battled Luverne Saturday. The pivotal stage was late in the second period.
MBA had to come from behind in this non-conference puck battle at Luverne. Come from behind they did.
Lifted by the back-to-back unassisted goals by Ethan Ratliff-Crain and Kelly Enquist, literally seconds apart, Morris Benson defeated Luverne 3-2.
The Storm overcame being outshot by the Luverne skaters (34-17).
The Storm carved out an early lead as Luke Schwarz found the net at 8:19 of the first period, assisted by Kelly Enquist. Luverne treated their home ice fans to a burst of momentum as Jonny Solam and then Jackson Frankenhoff scored.
Those decisive unassisted goals by the Storm followed. First it was Ratliff-Crain tying the score with his goal at 12:22 of the second. Luverne hardly knew what hit them as Kelly Enquist scored unassisted moments later (12:28), and now the Storm were in position to go home happy with a win.
There was no third period scoring.
Andrew Fath picked up 32 saves as the MBA goaltender. His goalie foe was Kendall Meyer whose save total was 14.
MBA girls 6, Detroit Lakes 1
The Storm flew up and down the ice on on Friday, Dec. 17, showing their trademark sharp execution. The Storm assumed control in this 6-1 home triumph over Detroit Lakes. The MBA fans at Benson cheered.
Brooke Falk put up a wall in goal and nearly achieved a shutout. Detroit Lakes' Callie Johnson got the puck past her to thwart the shutout hopes, in the fifth minute of period #3.
The MBA momentum built slowly, as the score stood 1-0 after one period of play. Dani Schultz scored that MBA goal unassisted. Schultz has been a prolific scorer and against DL she had a goal in each period.
It was Sara Rajewsky opening the Storm's second period scoring. She got an assist from Schultz and put the puck in the net at 2:17. Then it was Schultz showing her scoring wizardry again, scoring unassisted at 3:34.
Rajewsky was back in the scoring spotlight with a power play goal that included an assist from Monica Lindblad. Rajewsky found the net again at 15:11, scoring power play-style with an assist from Hanna Lindblad.
Schultz scored the only MBA goal of the third period, at 2:43, assisted by Rajewsky, and these two Storm skaters could each boast a hat trick on the night.
The score was 6-0 and the hoped-for shutout finally slipped away with that Johnson goal (Brianna Seebold assisting).
Goalie Falk had 24 saves in her nearly-perfect effort. Detroit Lakes goalie Veronica Roy finished with 23 saves.
MBA girls 6, LPGE-WDC 0
There were tons of highlights in the MBA girls' December 14 win over LPGE-WDC. Goalie Falk slammed the door completely in this game. Falk had 22 saves on the Long Prairie ice.
Meanwhile Dani Schultz showed a commanding offensive flair on her skates, scoring four goals in the Storm's 6-0 win.
Schultz gave MBA a 1-0 lead which was the score when the first period ended. Her goal was unassisted and came at 2:40.
Schultz also scored the second MBA goal and this came at 14:39 of the second period. Assists were chalked up by Sara Rajewsky and Morgan DeHaan.
MBA put some distance on the scoreboard with 4-0 dominance in the third period. Sara Rajewsky scored with an assist from Schultz. Schultz scored assisted by Kelsey Rajewsky, Sara Rajewsky put the puck in the net assisted by Hanna Lindblad, and Schultz wrapped up the night's scoring with a goal that included a Kelly Mahoney assist.
Sarah Holm worked in goal for LPGE-WDC and her assist total was 44.
The initials of the foe stand for Long Prairie Grey Eagle Wadena Deer Creek.
MBA boys 12, Sleepy Eye 2
The Morris Benson boys skated onto the ice on Tuesday, Dec. 14, to face Sleepy Eye from southern Minnesota. The action was at Benson and it was a night for the home team to shine.
The MBA boys assumed a 4-0 lead in the first period and went on to win 12-2. They outshot the Indians 54-12.
It was the conference opener for MBA and the conference is the Southwest.
Luke Schwarz scored on a power play to put the Storm on their way. Kelly Engquist and Ethan Ratliff-Crain supplied assists.
Brody Gimberlin put MBA up 2-0 as he achieved his first varsity goal, assisted by Tanner Picht and Mac Beyer. Ratliff-Crain scored with an assist from Beyer, and Tyler Hansen rounded out the MBA scoring in the first period with an unassisted goal.
Hansen was destined for a hat trick on this night. He also reached the significant plateau of 100 career points. The Storm onslaught continued unabated in the second period with four more goals to zero by a stunned Sleepy Eye team.
Hansen stayed in the groove as he scored the first two. Gimberlin contributed an assist on the second of these.
Jordan Staples, a defenseman, achieved his first varsity goal, benefiting from a crisp pass from Tristan Michealson. Ratliff-Crain put MBA up 8-0 in unassisted style.
It was Isaac Berens opening the Storm scoring in period #3. Isaac got assists from Ratliff-Crain and Schwarz.
Jake Huston sent the puck into the net with assists from Picht and Gimberlin. Picht came on with a flourish late, striking twice with short-handed goals to finish MBA's ample scoring on the night. Huston assisted on the second of those.
Alexandria 4, MBA girls 2
The Morris Benson girls led 1-0 at the end of the first period in their Tuesday, Dec. 7, game against the host Alexandria Cardinals. But the Cardinals surged in the second period, outscoring the Storm 3-0 in the process of handing the Storm an ultimate 4-2 defeat.
Cali Kragenbring was a force for the Cardinals as she scored two goals and picked up an assist. Alexandria has a record well over .500 thus far.
Abby Daly scored the goal that gave MBA that 1-0 lead in the first period (1:59). Sara Rajewsky assisted.
MBA went into a scoring slumber in the second period while Alex goals were put in by Claire Illies, Shely Iverson and Kragenbring.
Dani Schultz scored an unassisted goal, shorthanded, for the Storm at 9:31 of the third.
Kragenbring finished the night's scoring with an unassisted power play goal for Alex at 11:37.
Brooke Falk had 53 saves in goal for Morris Benson Area. Alexandria's Stephanie Drown had 12 saves.
Viva Morris Benson Storm hockey for 2010-2011!
-Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - firstname.lastname@example.org