MACA is up on the nine-win plateau thanks to the neat win it carved out Friday (1/11) over Benson, here. Bad weather seemed to be looming. No matter, fans at our MACA varsity gym saw the Tigers shake some first half problems.
The weather turned out to be not that bad. It's just Minnesota.
The basketball game ended with the Tigers on top of the Braves 60-48. We trailed at halftime 31-26.
The first half problems were a bit of a surprise because Benson came here with a quite struggling look. The Tigers came out of Friday at 9-2, Benson at 2-10.
Austin Dierks was at the fore when the Tigers embarked on their decisive stretch. Dierks would finish this night with a double-double in the stat report: 20 points and 16 rebounds.
It was the first third of the second half when Morris Area Chokio Alberta punched down on the accelerator and excelled. Much of this was actually done on defense. The Braves fell into a drought. The Tigers outscored the Braves 34-17 in the second half.
Dierks was one of three Tigers finishing the night in double figures scoring. Chandler Erickson put in 12 points and Jacob Torgerson ten. Torgerson made three 3-pointers while Erickson had two. The team numbers in long-rangers were five of 17. In total field goals the numbers came in at 22 of 51. In freethrows: 11 of 20.
Dierks' 16 rebounds put him on top in that category. Jacob Torgerson and Erickson led in assists, each with four, and Tom Holland was the top steal producer with two.
Dierks, Erickson and Torgerson were followed in scoring by Logan Manska who had seven points. Then we have Tyler Henrichs with four points and Lincoln Berget with three. John Tiernan and Holland each scored two.
Matt Ahrndt of Benson showed a keen eye with his long-range shooting, making four 3-pointers. He finished with a team-high 20 points. Daniel Lee made two 3-pointers for Benson, and Colin Ose one.
Boys hockey: Storm 4, Prairie Centre 1
The MBA Storm boys continued a skein of success with their 4-1 triumph over Prairie Centre on Thursday, Jan. 10. Action was at the Sauk Centre Civic Arena.
Kyle Kennedy worked in goal and picked up 17 saves. The success brought the Storm boys up to .500 in won-lost, at 6-6. The Storm scored one goal in the first period, two in the second and one in the third.
Each team scored a goal in period #1. It was Prairie Centre striking first with a power play goal at the 10:41 mark. Tanner Picht answered for the Storm with the first of his three goals on the night. Picht put the puck in the net at 16:17.
The Storm seized the lead in period #2 as Mac Beyer scored at 3:27 assisted by Picht. Picht scored at 7:13 of the second period, assisted by Beyer.
Picht scored his third goal in the final period and this was an empty-net job, finishing things off nicely in this 4-1 win.
Kennedy's rival in goal was Clay Deters who had 26 saves. This was a non-conference game.
Boys hockey: Storm 8, Redwood Valley 0
Tuesday night, Jan. 8, was a time for MBA Storm boys hockey to really shine. The night's outcome was a shutout win. The Storm dominated Redwood Valley at the Benson Civic Center.
Three goals in the first period, two in the second and three in the third buried the visitor. The 8-0 win was the Storm's fifth.
Tanner Picht was at the fore of MBA's productive attack with a hat trick. By night's end he owned 22 goals for the season. And, 14 assists. He scored the evening's first goal at 2:54 of the opening period, assisted by Jordan Staples. Then came a goal by Riley Blake, assisted by Corey Goff and Corey Storck at 7:55. Picht struck again for a goal at 15:19 with assists from Brody Gimberlin and Bo Gullickson.
On to the second period: Picht got the puck in the net with an assist from Mac Beyer at 4:59. Storck scored the other MBA goal of this period which came at 6:10 with assists from Riley Blake and Eric Johnson.
The Storm polished things off with three third period goals, the first coming from Beyer with assists from Picht and Staples at 4:29. The onslaught grew with Beyer scoring at 7:47. Then came a shorthanded goal by Storck assisted by Blake at 9:39.
Two MBA athletes worked in goal to share credit for the shutout: Austin Crow with seven saves and Kyle Kennedy with nine.
Boys hockey: Storm 11, Worthington 4
Fans at our Lee Community Center got to enjoy lots of highlights supplied by the home team on Saturday, Jan. 5.
The MBA Storm boys took the ice with an aggressive and determined stance. Their assignment was to play Worthington from southern Minnesota.
Brody Gimberlin scored shortly after the game started. This goal would be the first of eleven for the Storm. Tanner Picht and Mac Beyer assisted on that goal. It was the first of four goals by MBA in the opening period en route to the 11-4 win.
Worthington was able to tie the score at one-all. Worthington then took the lead 2-1 before MBA's Picht got the puck in the net at 7:45 assisted by Bo Gullickson. Tanner Mikkelson put the Storm up 3-2 with a goal at 10:44. Then it was Bo Olson scoring for the Storm with assists from Taner Gimberlin and Beyer at 11:56.
Worthington scored the last goal of the period.
Morris Benson Area dominated the second period, outscoring Worthington 3-0. Picht scored on the power play at 3:05, assisted by Riley Blake and Beyer. Andrew Rentz put the puck in the net at 5:45. Lincoln Pahl wrapped up the Storm's second period scoring with a goal at 8:05 assisted by Taner Gimberlin and Darion Helberg.
The Storm's flurry of goals continued into the third period. Beyer scored the first of four Storm goals in the period, assisted by Brody Gimberlin at 1:48. Worthington followed with its only goal of the period.
Picht struck with a goal at 11:42 with an assist by Brody Gimberlin. Beyer got the puck in the net at 14:40 with assists by Rentz and Nate Vipond.
It was Brody Gimberlin scoring the Storm's 11th and final goal at 16:13 of the third, assisted by Beyer and Picht.
Austin Crow worked in goal for the Storm and picked up 22 saves. His goalie rival was Alex Purdy.
Viva MBA Storm hockey for the winter of 2012-13!
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - firstname.lastname@example.org