MACA hiked its win total to six with a 60-40 win over Belle Plaine on Thursday, Dec. 27. The Tigers worked out to a 31-21 lead at halftime en route to this round #1 win in the St. James Tournament.
It was a day for Logan Manska to shine. Manska connected three times from beyond the three-point line. These built his point total to a robust 17 which was team-best.
A whole lot of Tigers scored. Jake Torgerson joined Manska in double figures with his 13. Jake connected for two 3-pointers, a department where the team numbers were a solid six of 12. Tyler Henrichs had the other '3'.
Henrichs and Austin Dierks each put in seven points. Nic Vipond scored five points, John Tiernan four and Lincoln Berget three, then we have two Tigers each adding two points to the mix: Tom Holland and Chandler Erickson.
In total field goals the Tigers made 20 of 43 tries. In freethrows their stats were a solid 14 of 21. Their rebounds totalled 23, a department where Berget led the way. Erickson led in assists with five and in steals with three.
The win continued a quite impressive skein of success for the orange and black crew going into the new year. Their 12/27 win was their sixth straight, a streak that began after their opener loss to BBE. So they had a 6-1 record coming out of Thursday, and among the wins was that gem of an upset over top-ranked Litchfield.
Belle Plaine was cold in three-point shots, making one of eight. They were 15 of 49 in total field goals. Zach Oestreich was team-best in scoring with 13 points. He also snared six rebounds.
A quite secondary aside: Yours truly once wrote a song about Belle Plaine: "When the Snowbirds Come Back to Belle Plaine."
Ahem. . . "When the snowbirds come back to Belle Plaine, they seem so unfamiliar that you'd swear they'd been in Spain."
I guess you have to hear the melody. - B.W.
Boys hockey: MBA 9, Fairmont 2
The puck got dropped for an MBA versus Fairmont game on December 27. This was no time to sit idly and feel content with a plump stomach from Christmas snacks. Indeed, the Morris Benson Area boys were focused and swift as they glided up and down the ice in the River Lakes Tournament.
The 12/27 game was in the consolation semi-finals. MBA was right on with its execution at game's start. The Storm seemed literally a storm in the opening period as they achieved a 4-0 lead.
Darion Helberg put the puck in the net first. The 1-0 lead was achieved at 2:10. Then the score became 2-0 as Brody Gimberlin scored a shorthanded goal at 4:19. The Storm could beam about a 3-0 lead when Mac Beyer scored assisted by Gimberlin at 4:40. Beyer did his work shorthanded too. Riley Blake pushed the MBA advantage up to 4-0 with a goal at 10:28.
On to period No. 2: Blake got the puck in the net at 1:24 with assists from Corey Goff and Chad Schwarz. Then it was Tanner Picht scoring at 3:50.
The Storm outscored Fairmont (the Cardinals) 3-2 in the final period. Beyer scored the period's first goal, assisted by Picht (at:35). Grant Becker scored Fairmont's first goal. Taner Gimberlin of the Storm got the puck in the net at 3:29. Helberg scored at 7:42 with assists from Tanner Mikkelson and Taner Gimberlin.
Matt Lytie scored Fairmont's second and final goal of the contest. The Storm could celebrate this 9-2 win, just as pleasing as a favorite Christmas gift.
Austin Crow was the Storm athlete working in goal. He stopped 12 shots of the 14 tries. He dueled vs. Austin Crow who saved 47 among 56.
Viva Storm hockey and Morris Area Chokio Alberta hoops!
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - email@example.com