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Wadena-DC downed in quarterfinals

Wadena-Deer Creek's Max Phillips brings the puck up ice against Breckenridge/Wahpeton during the Section 6A playoffs. Becky Wedde/Pioneer Journal

Jackson Savoie and Blake Perbix scored twice and the St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders cruised to a 15-0 Section 6A quarter final victory over Wadena-Deer Creek at the St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex in St. Cloud on Feb. 20.

The Crusaders, the No. 1 seed and fourth-ranked team in Class A, put up seven goals in the first and seven in the second, earning the shutout win over the Wolverines.

In all, 10 different Crusaders recorded goals in the victory. Noah Amundson and Grant Martin combined to stop 12 shots for the victory. Noah Stevens stopped 24 of 39 shot attempts in the loss.

The Wolverines end the season with a 15-10-2 record overall. The Crusaders improve to 19-7-0 and will take on River Lakes on the Section 6A semifinals on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. at the MAC in St. Cloud

STC 7 7 1--15

WDC 0 0 0--0


First Period

STC-Jack Smith, ES, (Unassisted)

STC-Luke Anderson, ES, (Jackson Savoie)

STC-James Anderson, ES, (Nate Warner, Reid Bogenholm)

STC-Jon Bell, ES, (Blake Perbix, CJ Zins)

STC-CJ Zins, ES, (Jack Smith, Jon Bell)

STC-Luke Schmidt, ES, (Luke Anderson, Kevin Hayward)

STC-Nate Warner, PP, (Mack Motzko, Jeron Hirschfeld)

Second Period

STC-Blake Perbix, ES, (Jack Smith, Jon Bell)

STC-Blake Perbix, ES, (Jack Smith, Reid Bogenholm)

STC-Jackson Savoie, ES, (Unassisted)

STC-Jackson Savoie, ES, (Jake Minkkinen, Jeron Hirschfeld)

STC-Nate Warner, ES, (Mack Motzko, Noah Amundson)

STC-Mack Motzko, ES, (Reid Bogenholm, Jeron Hirschfeld)

STC-Nate Martin, ES, (Talon Lenzen)

Third Period

STC-Kevin Hayward, ES, (Nate Warner)

Wadena-DC 6, Breckenridge/Wahpeton 3

Defense wasn’t the word of the game the first two times Wadena-Deer Creek and Breckenridge/Wahpeton square off on the ice. The third time, it was defense that helped the Wolverines move on in the Section 6A playoffs when they handed Breckenridge/Wahpeton a 6-3 defeat on Feb. 17 at the Wadena Ice Arena.

The Wolverines celebrate their first goal against Breckenridge/Wahpeton.

“We played well defensively all over the rink. We didn’t allow their top players a lot of opportunity to score,” Wadena-DC head coach Scott Woods said. “Our forechecking kept their top guys from breaking out of their zone easily and getting a chance to have odd man rushes.”

Jake Dykhoff and Lleyten Pettit tallied twice in the game and the special teams stepped up when needed for the Wolverines.

“Special teams and good defensive play win playoff games,” Woods said. “They were both really good Saturday night. We had a great all-around team effort.”

The Wolverines killed off four power players and scored on two of their five attempts in the victory.

The Wolverines started the game with a power play tally when Pettit scored his first of two goals. The power play goal was assisted by Bryce Cooper and Rylan Olson, which gave the Wolverines the lead midway through the first period.

Dykhoff gave the Wolverines a two-goal edge late in the first period. He fired one past Hunter Wamre with Andrew Sundby and Preston Warren picking up assists on the goal.

Andrew Sundby fires a backhand shot on goal.

Dykhoff’s second goal of the game came in the second period and it gave the Wolverines a commanding lead. Wyatt Hamann and Max Phillips assisted on the goal.

The Blades responded with a goal by Nolan Wamre, Carson Hought and Jase Jensen assisted on the goal.

Wadena-DC responded with a pair of third period goals, moving the lead to five. Olson and Cooper each tallied, with Olson’s goal coming on the power play. Dykhoff picked up his third point of the game. Colby Schertler and Phillips assisted on the Cooper goal. Wamre scored his second, which was answered by Pettit. Phillips picked up his third assist of the game.

Jase Jensen closed out the scoring in the third period, but the Blades could not get any closer on the Wolverines.

Noah Stevens stopped 18 of 21 shots, earning his 15th win of the season between the pipes. Hunter Wamre kicked aside 29 of 35 shots in the game.

B/W 0 1 2--3

WDC 2 1 3--6


First Period

WDC- Lleyten Pettit, PP, (Bryce Cooper, Rylan Olson)

WDC- Jake Dykhoff, ES, (Andrew Sundby, Preston Warren)

Second Period

WDC- Jake Dykhoff, ES, (Wyatt Hamann, Max Phillips)

B/W- Nolan Wamre, ES, (Carson Hought, Jase Jensen)

Third Period

WDC- Rylan Olson, PP, (Jake Dykhoff)

WDC- Bryce Cooper, ES, (Colby Schertler, Max Phillips)

B/W- Nolan Wamre, ES, (Jase Jensen, Carson Hought)

WDC- Lleyten Pettit, ES, (Max Phillips)

B/W- Jase Jensen, ES, (Jace Kalis)

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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