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Wolverines end regular season with road win

The Wadena-Deer Creek boys hockey team closed the season with momentum on its side with a 9-1 victory over Red Lake Falls at the Cardin-Hunt Arena in Red Lake Falls on Feb. 10.

The Wolverines broke open the game with a dominant second period, scoring four goals, while outshooting the Eagles 20-2.

Wadena-Deer Creek continued to fire shot after shot at the Red Lake Falls netminder, amassing 44 shots on goal to just 12 from the Eagles.

Dylan Ness scored three goals, while Max Phillips and Jake Dykhoff scored two each. Dykhoff’s first period, short-handed tally was the difference maker for the Wolverines.

Ness, Dykhoff and Phillips each tallied in the second period with Phillips scoring twice. Tyler Reese, Bryce Cooper and Ness scored a goal each in the third period.

Noah Stevens finished with 11 saves on 12 shots for the win, while Brenden Larson finished with 35 saves on 44 shots.

The Wolverines closed the regular season with a 14-9-2 mark. The official seeding for the Section 6A playoffs were not released as a press time. Check out www.wadenapj.com/sports for the playoff contests. The Section 6A playoffs begin on Saturday, Feb. 17 with a pair of play in games at the home site of the highest seed.

WDC 2 4 3--9RLF 1 0 0--1ScoringFirst PeriodWDC-Dylan Ness, ES, (Justin Dykhoff)WDC-Jake Dykhoff, SH, (Unassisted)RLF- Fred Landman, ES, (Dalton Mugaas, Judd Wilson)Second PeriodWDC-Dylan Ness, ES, (Justin Dykhoff, Jackson Becker)
WDC-Jake Dykhoff, ES, (Preston Warren)WDC-Max Phillips, ES, (Colby Schertler, Lleyten Pettit)WDC-Max Phillips, ES, (Colby Schertler, Lleyten Pettit)Third PeriodWDC-Tyler Reese, ES, (Max Phillips)WDC-Bryce Cooper, ES, (Rylan Olson, Jake Dykhoff)WDC-Dylan Ness, ES, (Preston Warren)Fergus Falls 3, Wadena-DC 2

Logan Wentworth scored two of the three third period goals, helping the Fergus Falls Otters earn a key 3-2 section victory over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines at the Fergus Falls Community Arena on Feb. 9.

Wentworth started the scoring for the Otters with the first goal of the period, erasing the two-goal Wadena-DC lead.

Lleyten Pettit and Colby Schertler tallied for the Wolverines. Pettit finished with two points in the game, recording an assist as well.

Pettit started the scoring with a power play tally in the second period. Rylan Olson and Phillips assisted on the goal.

Declan Young tied the game with a goal sandwiched in between the tallies by Wentworth in the third period, tying the game up at two.

Stevens finished with 24 saves on 27 shots, while Drew Luhning stopped 17 of 19 to record the win for the Otters.

WDC 0 2 0--2FF 0 0 3--3ScoringSecond PeriodWDC-Lleyten Pettit, PP, (Rylan Olson, Max Phillips)WDC-Colby Schertler, ES, (Lleyten Pettit)Third PeriodFF-Logan Wentworth, ES, (Unassisted)FF-Declan Young, ES, (Unassisted)FF-Logan Wentworth, ES, (Unassisted)
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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