Cardinal senior nets five goals in 7-5 loss to Hutchinson
It was a memorable night for Redwood Valley senior Bailey Sommers as he scored his 100th career goal and finished with all five goals in the Cardinals 7-5 home loss Thursday night to Hutchinson.
Despite the Cardinals (11-11) dropping their fifth straight game, it was a big night for Sommers who continues to add to his gaudy school record numbers.
Sommers has 36 goals this season and continues to be in the race to lead the entire state in that category (Bauer Neudecker of St. Louis Park currently leads the state with 37). He leads the Big South conference in scoring by more than 11 goals.
Thursday night in the first ever regular season meeting between the Cards and the Tigers, the Cards got off to a great start, as Sommers scored a pair of first period goals to give the home team a 2-1 lead after the first 17 minutes.
Sommers would then score his third of the night just 24 seconds into the second period to give the Cards a 3-1 lead.
The Tigers (6-11-3) would claim the momentum, however, and take control of the game with three goals in the next 2:20.
Leading 4-3, the Tigers would tack on two more goals in the period, including a goal with just 44 seconds left to take a 6-3 lead into the third.
Sommers would make things interesting with a power play goal and added his fifth of the night with just over four minutes to play, but it would not be enough.
Cass Longie had three goals for the Tigers, and Lane Glaser added six assists.
Jack Ryan, Hunter Tholkes and Reed Stadther all had assists for the Cardinals, and Alex Barnes finished with 17 saves in net.
The Cards were back in action Friday night with a winnable game against Fairmont.
Luverne (16-5-1, 11-2), Marshall (14-6-1, 10-2) and Waseca (12-6-2, 9-2-1) continue to battle it out for the Big South Conference crown.
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