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Lightning oust WDC skaters from Section 6A playoffs

Morris-Benson captain Taner Gimberlin (8) is flanked by Wadena-Deer Creek's Tyler Winkels (22) and Elijah Schmitz (24) as he goes after the puck in Tuesday's hockey game at the Wadena Ice Arena.

Kyle Sellner and Joshua Maucieri iced two goals apiece and Mitch Stangel stopped all 24 shots Saturday as No. 8 Northern Lakes eliminated No. 9 Wadena-Deer Creek from the Section 6A hockey playoffs with a 5-0 victory at Breezy Point.

Sellner notched the only goal of the opening period. His unassisted shot 13:14 into the period was the only goal the Panthers could convert despite 14 shots on goal.

Maucieri scored second period goals at 1:49 and 5:00 with assists from Wyatt Kokesh and Luke LeMieur.

Jake Hyytinen gave the Panthers a four-goal lead 2:16 into the third period when he found the net on a power play with help from Austin Mesenbrink. Sellner capped the scoring at 8:53 as Kokesh and Derrek French provided assists.

Kokesh finished the game with a playmaker.

Toby Wood stopped 29 of Park Rapids' 34 shots on goal.

The Wolverines lost their last seven games of the season and finished the year a 7-19 record.

Wadena-Deer Creek 0 0 0 - 0

Northern Lakes 1 2 2 - 5

First Period

NL: Kyle Sellner (unassisted) 13:14

Second Period

NL: Joshua Maucieri (Wyatt Kokesh) 1:49

NL: Maucieri (Luke LeMieur, Kokesh) 5:00

Third Period

NL: Jake Hyytinen (Austin Mesenbrink) 2:16 PP

NL: Sellner (Kokesh, Derrek French) 8:53

Saves

Toby Wood (WDC) 29; Mitch Stangel (NL) 24

Morris/Benson 6, WDC 3

Taner Gimberlin racked up four goals Tuesday as the Storm broke out of a lackluster first period to checkmate the Wolverines in their home finale.

The Wolverines held a 13-5 shooting advantage in the first half and grabbed the lead 12:14 into the period on a goal by Jake Dykhoff. Blaine Cooper and Tyler Winkels were credited with assists.

The Storm managed to avoid a first period shutout when Gimberlin iced a goal with 42 seconds on the clock.

The Wolverines jumped ahead again when Austin Sutherland found the net 1:14 into the second period. Michael Behl, Section 6A's top scorer, came up with an assist on the play. Behl pushed WDC's lead to 3-1 when he scored a short-handed goal, his fifth of the year, at 5:51. Sutherland earned the assist.

Behl's 33rd goal of the season would be WDC's last against Morris/Benson goalie Tony Bruns. The Storm dominated the rest of the period and outshot the Wolverines 15-3. Gimberlin scored three straight goals to send the Storm into the final period with a 4-3 lead.

Three of the four penalties the Wolverines drew in the second period were majors. Cooper and Drew Killian were slapped with checking from behind penalties.

The Wolverines managed to stop Gimberlin in the final period but they could not contain Matt Hoffman. Hoffman iced an insurance goal 3:18 into the period and scored an empty-netter with 45 seconds left.

Bruns stopped 21 of the 24 shots he faced while WDC goalie Reid Miller kicked out 23 shots.

The Wolverines suffered their sixth straight loss and ended the regular season with a 7-18 record. The Storm ended their season with three straight wins and a 9-16 record.

Morris/Benson 1 3 2 - 6

Wadena-Deer Creek 1 2 0 - 3

First Period

WDC: Jake Dykhoff (Blaine Cooper, Tyler Winkels) 12:14

MB: Taner Gimberlin (Kevin Meixel) 16:17

Second Period

WDC: Austin Sutherland (Michael Behl) 1:14

WDC: Behl (Sutherland) 5:51 SH

MB: Taner Gimberlin (Brennden DeHaan) 7:55

MB: Taner Gimberlin (unassisted) 8:01

MB: Taner Gimberlin (Bo Olson) 16:42 PP

Third Period

MB: Matt Hoffman (Meixel, Olson) 3:18 PP

MB: Hoffman (DeHaan) 16:15 EN

Saves

Tony Bruns (MB) 21; Reid Miller (WDC) 21

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