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Wolverines rally past Storm in 20-goal slugfest

Wadena-Deer Creek's Mitchell Swanson (6) and Christian Berg (10) keep the puck between them in the first period of Tuesday night's game with Morris-Benson at the Wadena Ice Arena. The Wolverines rallied from a five-goal deficit to top the Storm 12-8. Photo by Brian Hansel, Pioneer Journal

A different Wadena-Deer Creek team skated out on the ice to start the second period Tuesday night.

It was not the team that was blown off the ice 5-1 in the first period.

Seven second-period goals and four more in the third carried Chris Holman's Wolverines to a 12-8 victory in their regular season finale with Morris-Benson. Coming back from a five-goal deficit had never been done in the history of the program.

WDC Head Coach Chris Holman laughed at the thought of his contribution in motivating the Wolverines between the first and second periods.

"Sometimes I think the best thing you can do as a coach is to get out of the way," Holman said.

WDC's first line of Mitchell Swanson, Christian Berg and Bridger Pettit was in high gear, scoring nine goals and adding 12 assists. Swanson had a team-high four goals and five assists. Berg had a hat trick and a playmaker. Pettit scored twice and collected four assists.

Swanson broke another single game scoring record in coming up with nine points. He also managed to tie Morris-Benson standout Tanner Picht for the most goals scored in the state during the regular season with 48.

Swanson has been flirting with the state goal scoring title all season.

"He didn't say anything to me, but actions speak louder than words," Holman said.

Jake Krause also had a playmaker for the Wolverines, and Dylan Phillips contributed two assists and one goal.

Tyler Winkels and Otto Asp added third-period goals for WDC.

The Wolverines were a sensational 4-for-5 on the power play. The Storm outshot the Wolverines 36-29, but made just one of their five power-play goals.

Cory McManigle started in the net for the Wolverines but left after eight Morris-Benson shots turned into goals. Wesley Janson stopped 24 of the 28 Storm shots he faced over 40 minutes of action.

Mac Beyer collected a hat trick for the Storm. Jordan Staples kicked in with four assists and one goal. Tanner Picht and Brody Gimberlin both had three-point games for Morris-Benson.

"That was a huge win against a very good team," Holman said. "They are a very explosive team."

The Storm finished the season with a 15-9 mark. The Wolverines ended the regular season at 14-11.

The Wolverines will now enter Section 6A play Saturday evening hosting Prairie Centre in a 7 p.m. game.

WDC 12, Morris/Benson 8

MB 5 0 3 - 8

WDC 1 7 4 - 12

First Period

MB: Darion Helberg (Jordan Staples) 3:10

MB: Mac Beyer (Andrew Rentz, Staples) 5:07

MB: Beyer (Brody Gimberlin, Staples) 7:57

MB: Andrew Rentz (Staples) 10:16 PP

MB: Tanner Picht (unassisted) 13:03

WDC: Christian Berg (Bridger Pettit, Mitchell Swanson) 13:41

Second Period

WDC: Swanson (Pettit, Jake Krause) :14

WDC: Berg (Pettit, Swanson) 3:23 PP

WDC: Pettit (Berg, Swanson) 4:22

WDC: Swanson (Berg) 13:28

WDC: Dylan Phillips (unassisted) 13:49

WDC: Berg (Swanson, Krause) 14:14 PP

WDC: Swanson (Mike Paavola) 16:59 PP

Third Period

MB: Beyer (Gimberlin, Picht) :22

WDC: Tyler Winkels (Mike Behl, Phillips) 4:54

WDC: Pettit (Krause, Swanson) 11:14 PP

MB: Staples (unassisted) 11:27

MB: Gimberlin (Picht) 11:49

WDC: Otto Asp (Phillips, Shane Motschenbacher) 16:22 EN

WDC: Swanson (Berg, Pettit) 16:43


Kyle Kennedy (MB) 17; Wesley Janson (WDC) 24, Cory McManigle 4

Prairie Centre 5, WDC 2

Five different players scored goals as the North Stars overcame the Wolverines on Feb. 8 at the Expo Arena in Long Prairie.

The Wolverines outshot their hosts 44-21, but were held scoreless for the first two periods. Chris Holman's club had a tough night on the power play, converting just one of eight opportunities.

Cody Steward, Preston Pung, Sam Ecker, Eric Froseth and Zack Pierskalla iced goals for Prairie Centre.

Bridger Pettit scored the first of two third-period goals for WDC. Jake Krause connected on a power-play shot. Christian Berg, Mike Paavola and Mike Behl were credited with assists.

Prairie Centre 5, WDC 2

WDC 0 0 2 - 2

Prairie Centre 1 1 3 - 5

First Period

PC: Cody Steward (Zack Pierskalla) 9:37 PP

Second Period

PC: Preston Pung (Sam Ecker) 2:58

Third Period

WDC: Bridger Pettit (Christian Berg) 8:21

PC: Ecker (Pung, Trent Berscheit) 5:04 SH

WDC: Jake Krause (Michael Behl, Mike Paavola) 4:41 PP

PC: Adam Froseth (Pung, Ecker) 4:19

PC: Pierskalla (Steward, Taylor Larson) 1:26


Clay Deters (PC) 39; Wesley Janson (WDC) 16

WDC 2, Red Lake Falls 1

Cory McManigle stopped 17 of 18 shots Feb. 9 as the Wolverines edged Red Lake Falls at the Wadena Ice Arena.

McManigle kept the Eagles at bay, until the 10:50 mark of the final period when Ryan Amiot iced a goal with help from Alex Erickson.

Mitchell Swanson put the game's first goal on the board in the opening period with an assist from Mike Paavola.

Christian Berg gave WDC a 2-0 lead at 12:07 of the second period on a feed from Shane Motschenbacher.

The Wolverines held a slim 25-24 edge in shots on goal.

WDC 2, Red Lake Falls 1

RLF 0 0 1 - 1

WDC 1 1 0 - 2

First Period

WDC: Mitchell Swanson (Mike Paavola) 8:11

Second Period

WDC: Christian Berg (Shane Motschenbacher) 12:07

Third Period

RLF: Ryan Amiot (Alex Erickson) 10:50


Wyatt Casavan (RLF) 27; Cory McManigle (WDC) 17

Northern Lakes 7, WDC 2

Ben Moe had a hat trick and Keegan Couture and Nick Blanchette both scored two goals Feb. 7 in leading the Lightning past the Wolverines at the Wadena Ice Arena.

Mike Paavola scored WDC's first goal late in the first period with assists from Mike Behl and Dylan Phillips.

After Couture built Northern Lakes' lead to a pair of goals on a power-play shot at the four-minute mark of the second period, WDC's Bridger Pettit iced an unassisted, short-handed goal at the 5:39 mark of the final period.

Northern Lakes 7, WDC 2

Northern Lakes 2 3 2 - 7

WDC 1 1 0 - 2

First Period

NL: Ben Moe (unassisted) 10:06

NL: Moe (Hunter Leslie, Gaven Bickford) 16:23

WDC: Mike Paavola (Mike Behl, Dylan Phillips) 16:45

Second Period

NL: Kegan Couture (Moe, Bickford) 4:00 PP

WDC: Bridger Pettit (unassisted) 5:39 SH

NL: Couture (Kyle Narveson, Bickford) 10:16

NL: Moe (Leslie, Dalton Rickard) 16:01

Third Period

NL: Nick Blanchette (unassisted) 4:59 SH

NL: Blanchette (unassisted) 16:36


Cory McManigle (WDC) 13, Wesley Janson 4; Mitch Stangel (NL) 23