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Wolverine icemen take second in holiday tournament

Jake Johnson faces off against Cardinals' Bailey Sommers in Friday night's game. The Wolverines lost in OT 6-5.1 / 2
The Wolverines celebrate the first goal of the night and the first goal by Will Eliason, a senior, in Friday's matchup.2 / 2

The Wolverine icemen took (insert place) place in their holiday tournament, held in Wadena Dec. 27-28.

Wahpeton, Redwood Valley and Bottineau, N.D. also participated in the holiday tournament. The Bottineau Braves challenged the Breckenridge/Wahpeton Blades in the first matchup Friday night. The Braves soundly defeated the Blades in a shutout with a final score of 11-0.

The Wolverines faced the Redwood Valley Cardinals in the second game Friday night. A frenzied battle was held with both teams trading points throughout the game. The Wolverines drew first blood when senior Will Eliason scored his first varsity goal 1:09 into the first period with an assist by Jarrett Pettit. The Cardinals responded quickly with a goal 2:35 into the first followed by another at the 6:29 mark.

Michael Behl tied the game with a powerplay goal assisted by Pettit 7:29 into the first. But the Cardinals jumped ahead 15 seconds later with another goal. Behl scored his second goal of the game at 13:45 in the first. Pettit earned a playmaker with his third assist.

The Wolverines came out strong in the second period with a quick goal less than a minute into play by Dylan Phillips. Behl was credited with the assist. They further extended their lead with a late goal by Pettit, assisted by Behl and Winkels. The Cardinals put up one lone goal in the second to make it a one-point game.

The Cardinals fought back in the third, denying the Wolverines a goal and tying the game with a shorthanded goal, ensuring an overtime battle.

The Cardinals made quick work of securing a spot in the championship match with an unassisted goal 1:35 into OT.

In a surprising turn of events, Redwood Valley forfeited the chance to play for the championship the next day due to weather, agreeing to play for third place against the Blades. They soundly defeated the Blades 10-3 to take third place.

Because of Redwood Valley's forfeit, the Wolverines had an opportunity to play the Braves for the championship.

The Wolverines struggled against the Braves, putting up just three goals, all scored by Pettit, earning him a hat trick. Behl and Phillips were credited with assists. The Braves clinched the championship with a final score of 10-3.

The Wolverines will play their first game of 2014 in Fergus Falls Jan. 4 at 2 p.m.