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Wolverines crush Red Lake Falls

Wadena-Deer Creek's Colby Schertler tries to stuff the puck past Red Lake Falls' goalie Andrew Johnson during Wadena-DC's 8-2 victory over the Eagles. Jason Groth/Pioneer Journal1 / 2
Wadena-Deer Creek's John Oberg fires a shot on goal and battles for a rebound against Red Lakes Falls' goalie Andrew Johnson. Jason Groth/Pioneer Journal2 / 2

The Wadena-Deer Creek boys hockey team quickly erased the memories from a loss to Fergus Falls with an 8-2 drubbing of Red Lake Falls on Feb. 9 at the Wadena Ice Arena.

The Wolverines scored four even strength goals, three power play goals and a short-handed goal on its way to the 8-2 victory, snapping its four-game losing skid.

The Wolverines dominated most of the contest and made it tough for Red Lake Falls to get any space or quality chances throughout the game. The Eagles were credit with 15 quality chances, while the Wolverines had 28 of them in the win.

Max Phillips and Justin Dykhoff each scored two goals, while Wyatt Murray, Dylan Ness, Lleyten Pettit and John Oberg tallied single goals in the win.

Despite dominating much of the first period, it was the Eagles jumping ahead. Fred Landman IV and Marcus Paradis worked a nifty passing play with Paradis beating Josh Dykhoff with the game’s first goal.

The Wolverines answered with a power play goal when Murray’s shot from the top of the circle found its way into the net, evening the game at one. Phillips had the lone assist on the goal.

Ness got into the scoring act late in the first period when he took a pass from Tyler Reese and slid the puck past Andrew Johnson for the 2-1 lead.

Red Lake Falls evened the game at two when Zak Kennett and Caleb Pahlen worked the give-and-go early in the period.

However, six straight goals, four in the second period, iced the game for the Wolverines.

Dykhoff started the scoring when he stuffed a Logan Robinson rebound home to make it 3-2. Reese had the secondary assist on the goal.

Phillips added to the lead when he fired a rebound past Anderson after a flurry of shots in front of the net to make it 4-2. Dykhoff’s second of the period made it 5-2 when his shot found its way into the net. Ness assisted on the goal. Pettit closed out the scoring in the second period with a goal in the closing seconds. Schertler assisted on the goal.

Phillips fired a blast that went bar down to start the scoring in the third period with his second goal of the game. Schertler and Pettit picked up the assists on the goal. John Oberg finished the game off with a bad angle shot, which found its way into the net. Murray had the second assist of the game.

Josh Dykhoff finished with 19 saves on 21 shots for the win for Wadena-DC. Johnson stopped 43 of 51 shots for the loss for Red Lake Falls.

The Wolverines improved to 9-14-1 and return to action when they host Bagley/Fosston at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the Wadena Ice Arena.

RLF 1 1 0--2

WDC 2 4 2--8

Scoring

First Period

RLF-Marcus Paradis, ES, (Fred Landman IV)

WDC-Wyatt Murray, PP, (Max Phillips)

WDC-Dylan Ness, ES, (Tyler Reese)

Second Period

RLF-Zak Kennett, ES, (Caleb Pahlen)

WDC-Justin Dykhoff, ES, (Logan Robinson, Tyler Reese)

WDC-Max Phillips, ES, (Unassisted)

WDC-Justin Dykhoff, PP, (Dylan Ness)

WDC-Lleyten Pettit, SH, (Colby Schertler)

Third Period

WDC-Max Phillips, PP, (Colby Schertler, Lleyten Pettit)

WDC-John Oberg, ES, (Wyatt Murray)

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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