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Wolverines continue hot start with 8-1 win

Wadena-Deer Creek's Max Phillips is joined by Preston Warren as they celebrate one of the team's eight goals in a convincing 8-1 victory over Morris/Benson Area. Brooke Kern/Forum News Service1 / 3
Wadena-Deer Creek's Tyler Reece fires a shot on goal against Morris/Benson Area. Brooke Kern/Forum News Service2 / 3
Wadena-Deer Creek's Noah Stevens corrals the loose puck in front of the net against Morris/Benson Area. Stevens finished with 12 saves while earning his fourth win of the season. Brooke Kern/Forum News Service3 / 3

The offensive barrage continued for the Wadena-Deer Creek boys hockey team when the steamrolled Morris/Benson Area 8-1 on Nov. 5 in Morris.

Max Phillips scored twice while Preston Warren added a goal and four assists to lead a very balanced scoring attack. The Wolverines had seven players record goals in the convincing road win, their fourth straight to start the season.

Andrew Sundby

“We played well offensively and defensively,” Wadena-DC head coach Scott Woods said. “We didn’t play great defensively the first few games.”

The improvement on the defensive end was noticeable when they held Morris/Benson to just 13 shots on goal. This is coming off an performance where they allowed five goals to Ely in their last game.

“They (Wadena-DC defense) played smart to limit their shots and maintain puck possession,” Woods said of the play on the defensive side of the rink.

Preston Warren

Noah Stevens finished with 12 saves on 13 shots, recording his fourth win of the season between the pipes.

The Wolverines know they can get scoring from their top line of Preston Warren, Max Phillips and Jake Dykhoff, but what has been key during the stretch is the balance of scoring from their second and third lines. Woods said it is always nice to have balanced scoring when possible.

The trio of Dykhoff, Warren and Phillips have combined for 40 points in their first four games with 18 goals and 32 assists.

Rylan Olson started the scoring with a power play goal in the first period. Preston Warren and Andrew Sundby picked up assists on the goal. Warren scored the eventual game-winning goal just two minutes and 27 seconds later in the period. Dykhoff assisted on the goal. Colby Schertler finished the first period scoring with Sundby and Lleyten Pettit assisting on the goal.

The Wolverines broke the game open in the second period. Phillips tallied twice while Dykhoff and Sundby found the twine as well in the four goal period.

Morris/Benson Area broke the shutout bid of Stevens when Zach Bruns found the net, cutting the lead to 6-1 at the time.

Cael Sams scored the game’s final goal in the running time third period, his first goal of the season.

Morris/Benson Area’s Chase Engebretson was busy between the pipes. He finished with 40 saves on 48 shots in the loss.

The Wolverines return home for a stern test when they take on the Little Falls Flyers on Dec. 7 at the Wadena Ice Arena at 7 p.m. The Flyers enter the contest with a 2-1-2 record, coming off a 3-3 tie with Fergus Falls. The Wolverines hope to avenge a 7-2 defeat at the hands of the Flyers from a season ago when the two teams meet on Thursday.

Justin Dykhoff

WDC 3 4 1--8

M/B 0 1 0--1

Scoring

First Period

WDC-Rylan Olson, PP, (Preston Warren, Andrew Sundby)

WDC-Warren, ES, (Jake Dykhoff)

WDC-Colby Schertler, ES, (Andrew Sundby, Lleyten Pettit)

Second Period

WDC-Max Phillips, ES, (Warren)

WDC-Sundby, ES, (Pettit, Wyatt Hamann)

WDC-Phillips, ES, (Jake Dykhoff, Jackson Becker)

M/B-Zach Bruns, ES, (Jack Riley, Mike Halvorson)

WDC-Jake Dykhoff, ES, (Warren, Phillips)

Third Period

WDC-Cael Sams, ES, (Olson, Warren)

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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