Outskating Redwood Valley in the third period the Litchfield/DC Dragons held off the Cardinals 6-2 Thursday night in Section 3A quarterfinal hockey action.
The second-seeded Dragons outscored the Cardinals (9-15) 3-0 in the third period to pull away from what was a tight game through two periods.
Despite the loss, it was a nice effort from the Cardinals who skated right with the Dragons for two-and-a-half periods before succumbing. After falling behind 1-0 early in the first, the Cards would respond with two unanswered goals to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
Luke Ryan got the Cards on the board with a short-handed goal, and Chase Schablin would score on a feed from Mason Clark for a 2-1 lead.
The Dragons would answer back in the second with two goals and would take a 3-2 lead into the third. A goal one minute into the third from Blake Johnson would give Litchfield/DC some breathing room, and it would tack on two more unanswered for good measure to wrap up the win.
Kia Jacobson played well in net but would suffer the loss.
Redwood Valley opened up Section 3A play with a 12-4 rout of visiting Fairmont in the 7-10 play-in game. It was an all out rout for Redwood Valley, as the Cards outshot visiting Fairmont 52-16 and tallied all 12 goals in the first two periods.
Ryan notched a hat trick, Cordell Plass had two goals and an assist, Will O’Halloran added two goals and John Burman had two goals and an assist.
Preben Ulvang had a goal and three assists, Mason Clark had a goal and an assist and Chad Riewer had two assists. Matthew Muetzel, Aeneas Pacheco and Chase Schablin all finished with one assist. Jacobson would finish with 12 saves to earn the victory in net.
In the Cardinals regular season finale they used a three goal third period to top host Willmar 4-2. It was a huge outing for Ryan who finished with a hat trick – including two third period goals – in the win. Burman also added a goal and Clark, Sommers, Brody Plass, Cordell Plass, and Chad Riewer all had assists. Jacobson stopped 21-of-23 shots on goal to earn the victory in net.