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Wolverines make run at Otters

Wadena-Deer Creek forward Otto Asp (13) brings the puck up the ice against Fergus Falls' defenseman Adam Evenson (17) in Tuesday night's game between the two Section 6A teams at the Wadena Ice Arena. Photo by Brian Hansel, Pioneer Journal

The Fergus Falls Otters had reason to feel good about their play after the first period of Tuesday's game with Wadena-Deer Creek.

Mike Donaghue's club outshot their hosts 15-4 en route to grabbing a 5-0 lead.

But the Otters found themselves up against a much better WDC club in the second period, and it took three more goals and 21 more shots before they emerged with an 8-6 victory.

Colton Buseth and Zach Tarczon combined to score four of Fergus' goals in the first period. Aidan Colling scored a solo goal.

The Otters outshot the Wolverines again in the second period, but the scoring honors belonged to WDC as the Wolverines came up with five goals to Fergus' two.

The Wolverines found themselves trailing 6-0 after Austin Hanson's goal at 1:58 of the second period. Tyler Winkels spoiled Andrew MacFarlane's shutout at 3:23 with help from Mike Paavola. After Tarczon scored at 6:04 to put Fergus up 7-1, the Wolverines took over.

Christian Berg started a streak of four straight WDC goals on a power play opportunity at the 6:46 mark. Mitchell Swanson came up with an unassisted goal at 7:58. Bridger Pettit took a feed from Berg for a short-handed goal at 15:03. Swanson capped the second period blitz with a power play goal at 16:23. Pettit and Shane Motschenbacher were credited with assists.

The Otters finally found the net again at the 6:21 mark of the final period as Sam Rausch took a feed from Buseth.

Jake Krause scored WDC's final goal at 12:03 off a feed by Pettit and Swanson.

Cory McManigle went all the way in the nets for the Wolverines and kicked out 29 shots. Ian Bjorgum relieved MacFarlane in the nets for Fergus and notched the win. Both Fergus goalies stopped seven shots.

The Wolverines dropped to 6-8 on the season while the Otters climbed to 8-5.

The Wolverines start a three-game home stand Tuesday hosting Breckenridge/Wahpeton. The Wolverines will entertain Bagley on Thursday and Kittson Central on Jan. 26.

Fergus Falls 8, WDC 6

FF 5 2 1 - 8

WDC 0 5 1 - 6

First Period

FF: Colton Buseth (Joe Nathe, Ean Goos) 7:14 PP

FF: Zach Tarczon (Adam Evenson) 8:38 PP

FF: Aiden Colling (unassisted) 12:29

FF: Buseth (Colling, Casey Ward) 16:08

FF: Tarczon (unassisted) 16:18

Second Period

FF: Austin Hanson (Tarczon, Kyler Peterson) 1:58

WDC: Tyler Winkels (Mike Paavola) 3:23

FF: Tarczon (Peterson) 6:04

WDC: Christian Berg (Bridger Pettit) 6:46 PP

WDC: Mitchell Swanson (unassisted) 7:58

WDC: Pettit (Berg) 15:03 SH

WDC: Swanson (Pettit, Shane Motschenbacher) 16:23 PP

Third Period

FF: Sam Rausch (Buseth) 6:21

WDC: Jake Krause (Pettit, Swanson) 12:03


Cody McManigle (WDC) 29; Andrew MacFarlane (FF) 7, Ian Bjorgum 7

Park Rapids 7, WDC 1

Noah Macpherson scored a hat trick and added two assists Jan. 10 as the Panthers completed a regular season sweep of the Wolverines.

Squaring off for the first time since Dec. 13, when the Panthers posted an 8-3 win on Wadena's ice, the Panthers and the Wolverines both put 10 shots on goal in the opening period. Ian Johnson put in the first goal for Park Rapids and Macpherson iced the second.

Frank Moren scored twice for Park Rapids in the second period and Macpherson added his second goal.

The Wolverines scored when Christian Berg took a power play feed from Mitchell Swanson at 14:23.

Drew Bade joined Macpherson in padding a Park Rapids lead in the third period.

The Wolverines outshot the Panthers 30-28, but Cody Brumbaugh came up with the victory. Wesley Janson stopped 21 shots in the loss.

Park Rapids 7, WDC 1

WDC 0 1 0 - 1

PR 2 3 2 - 7

First Period

PR: Ian Johnson (Noah Macpherson, Frank Moren) :34

PR: Macpherson (Johnson, Ryan DeLaHunt) 11:57

Second Period

PR: Macpherson (Kiefer Miller) 11:39

WDC: Christian Berg (Mitchell Swanson) 14:23 PP

PR: Moren (Johnson, Macpherson) 16:52

Third Period

PR: Drew Bade (Connor Kennedy, Chase Brand) 4:21

PR: Macpherson (unassisted) 10:40


Wesley Janson (WDC) 21; Cody Brumbaugh (PR) 29