R. Valley skates by Cardinals

REDWOOD FALLS – When the Redwood Valley Cardinals traveled to Fairmont last Tuesday, the Fairmont Area Cardinals cruised to a 5-1 win.

On Saturday when the Fairmont Area Cardinals made the trip to Redwood Falls for the rematch, the Redwood Valley Cardinals unleashed their offense and beat Fairmont Area 7-4 in the nonconference game.

Redwood Valley jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first thanks to goals from Jacob Prouty and Lane Stadther.

Rodney Engstrom cut Fairmont Area’s deficit in half, scoring on a Trason Arens helper with 5:39 left in the opening period.

Unfortunately for Fairmont Area, Redwood Valley came back and scored 1:18 into the second to rebuild their advantage.

Stadther, who finished with a hattrick scored his second goal, Redwood Valley’s first of four in the second to go ahead 3-1.

Fairmont Area’s Avery Mahlman scored his first goal of the season to cut the Redwood Valley lead to one again, at 3-2, with an assist from Greg Claeys.

Redwood Valley, however scored three unanswered goals to go ahead 6-2.

Ethan Lubenow gave Fairmont Area some hope going into the third, scoring with 15 seconds left in the middle frame to make it a 6-3 game.

Despite Claeys’ unassisted goal with 3:13 left in the game, Redwood Valley again found the net in the third to ice their 7-4 victory.

Redwood Valley fired 25 shots on net, while goaltender Tyler Domeier made 17 saves for the hometown Cardinals.

Fairmont Area fired 21 shots on net, but Colton Cunning blocked just 18 shots for the visitors.

Fairmont Area (4-12, 0-3) plays host to St. Peter/LeSueur-Henderson in a South Central Conference game at 7 p.m. today at Martin County Arena in Fairmont.

FA 1-2-1-4

RV 2-4-1-7


1st Period

RV – Jacob Prouty (Jay Ortman), 8:17.

RV – Lane Stadther (Bailey Sommers, Jacob Prouty), 6:21.

FA – Rodney Engstrom (Trason Arens), 5:39.

2nd Period

RV – Lane Stadther (Jay Ortman, Jacob Prouty), 15:42.

FA – Avery Mahlman (Greg Claeys), 12:42.

RV – Lane Stadther (Alex Olson), 3:31.

RV – Jay Ortman (Zach Blum), 1:43.

RV – Jacob Prouty (Kollin Joines), 0:54.

FA – Ethan Lubenow (unassisted), 0:15.

3rd Period

RV – Bailey Sommer (Connor Nelson, Jacob Prouty), 6:53.

FA – Greg Claeys (unassisted), 3:13.

Shots on goal: Redwood Valley 10-9-6-25; Fairmont Area 9-5-7-21.

Saves: Tyler Domeier (RV) 8-3-6-17; Colton Cunning (FA) 8-5-5-18.

Penalties: Fairmont Area 6 for 12 minutes; Redwood Valley 7 for 14 minutes.