Becker/Big Lake hockey ices Fairmont Area, 7-1

LE SUEUR – The Becker/Big Lake Eagles scored four goals in the second period to help fuel a 7-1 nonconference boys hockey victory over the Fairmont Area Cardinals on Thursday night in Le Sueur.

Matt Lytle scored 1 minute and 35 seconds into the game on an unassisted goal to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.

Unfortunately for Fairmont Area, the Eagles responded with two goals in the first, four more in the second and one in the third to end the Cardinals’ bid for a victory.

Ben Gilchrist scored to even the game 4 minutes after Lytle’s initial strike, sending a Tristan Gust and Zach Muller assist into the net on a power play to make it 1-1 in the first.

Gust then scored the go-ahead goal with 1:25 remaining in the opening frame to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead that they would not relinquish.

Milan Kent extended the Eagles’ lead to 3-1 with an assist from Taylor Giving in the opening minutes of the second before Brandon Christianson netted the first of his two goals on a power play to make it 4-1.

Christianson’s goals were separated by an unassisted goal from Muller at 6:10, with Christianson’s second goal giving the Eagles a five-goal lead going into the final frame.

Nick Stalpes scored the final lamp-lighter of the game on a unassisted goal with just under two minutes remaining in the game.

Ethan Huber stopped 24 of Fairmont Area’s 25 shots on net, while Derrick Hohensee stopped 18 of the Eagles’ 25 shots on goal.

Fairmont Area (1-9) travels to Redwood Falls for a 1 p.m. nonconference game on Saturday.

BBL 2-4-1-7

FA 1-0-0-1

Scoring Plays

1st Period

F – Matt Lytle (unassisted), 15:25.

BBL – Ben Gilchrist (Tristan Gust, Zach Muller), pp., 11:27.

BBL – Tristan Gust (Nick Stalpes, Jason Tonneslan), pp., 1:25.

2nd Period

BBL – Milan Kent (Taylor Giving), 12:59.

BBL – Brandon Christianson (Ben Gilchrist, Jason Tonneslan), 11:40.

BBL – Zach Muller (unassisted), 6:10.

BBL – Brandon Christianson (Alec Green), 3:32.

3rd Period

BBL – Nick Stalpes (unassisted), 16:19.

Saves: Derrick Hohensee (F) 14-3-1-18; Ethan Huber (B) 9-8-7-24.

Shots on goal: Fairmont Area 25; Becker/Big Lake 25.

Penalties: Fairmont Area 4 for 8 minutes; Becker/Big Lake 5 for 10 minutes.

Power plays: Becker/Big Lake 2 for 4; Fairmont 0 for 5.