Waseca records 5-3 SCC win over Fairmont Area

WASECA – The Fairmont Area Cardinals boys hockey team held a 2-1 lead over the Waseca Bluejays after two periods of South Central Conference action on Thursday night in Waseca.

The Bluejays, however, responded in the third period, scoring four goals in 10 minutes to defeat the Cardinals, 5-3.

Wyatt Krampitz scored his lone goal of the night to even the game at 2-2 on a power-play goal at 4:16 in the final period on a JP Eykyn assist.

Michael Priebe then gave the Bluejays their second lead with his own goal with a man-advantage 1:24 later off an assist from Cody Ulfers.

Ulfers then scored back-to-back lamp-lighters to secure the victory, scoring at 8:19 and 14:47 in the third.

Grant Becker provided an offensive spark by converting a Matt Lytle pass into a goal with 1:11 left to play to make it a two-score game.

After the Bluejays got up 1-0 on a Daniel Stroda goal 2:20 into in the game, the Cardinals’ Colton Cunning was able to stop the remaining 8 shots to hold Waseca scoreless through the second period.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals received some offense on a power play, with Brock Johnson scoring his team-leading seventh goal of the season on a Greg Claeys assist at 3:40 in the middle frame.

Trason Arens gave the Cardinals the lead with an assist from Joshua Wills at 7:25 in the second to make it 2-1.

Cunning stopped 23 of Waseca’s 28 shots on goal, while Austin Stroda turned away 19 of the Cardinals’ 22 shots.

Fairmont Area (1-14-1, 1-4 SCC) travels to Marshall for a 2 p.m. nonconference game Saturday.

Waseca (6-12, 1-3 SCC) travels to Worthington for a 2 p.m. nonconference game on Saturday.

Fairmont 0-2-1-3

Waseca 1-0-4-5

Scoring Plays

1st Period

W – Daniel Stroda (CJ Nordquist), 2:20.

2nd Period

FA – Brock Johnson (Greg Claeys), pp., 3:40.

FA – Trason Arens (Joshua Wills), 7:25.

3rd Period

W – Wyatt Krampitz (JP Eykyn), pp., 4:16.

W – Michael Priebe (Cody Ulfers), pp., 6:52.

W – Cody Ulfers (Wyatt Krampitz, JP Eykyn), pp., 8:19.

W – Cody Ulfers (CJ Nordquist), 14:57.

FA – Grant Becker (Matt Lytle), pp., 15:49.

Saves: Colton Cunning (FA) 23; Austin Stroda (W) 19.

Shots on goal: Waseca 28; Fairmont Area 22.