Windom deals loss to Cards

WINDOM – The Windom Area Eagles boys hockey team scored five unanswered goals as they downed the Fairmont Area Cardinals 6-1 on Thursday in Windom.

After the Eagles jumped out to a 1-0 lead thanks to the first of two Ryley Espenson goals just 6:56 into the game, the Cardinals responded and evened it at 1-1.

Sam Havnen caught a Josh Wills pass and fired it past Eagle goalie Garrett Schuacher for the Cardinals lone goal just under 10 minutes into the game.

Unfortunately for the visiting Cardinals, Windom Area responded off the faceoff to take the lead right back.

Espenson, this time on the assist, passed to Andrew Hirsch who fired a shot by Cardinal netminder Colton Cunning.

Neither team score the remainder of the period, but in the second, the Eagles scored four straight goals to retake the lead.

Devin Neilsen got the Eagle scoring started, carrying the puck into the Cardinal zone and scoring the unassisted tally at 4:18 into the second.

Espenson then found the net for his second goal, scoring with the help of a Botond Kerekgyarto pass at 6:11.

Just 20 seconds later, the Eagles scored their third of the period and fifth goal of the game when Zach Bartosh scored a short handed goal off a Brady Haberman helper.

Ryan Clark capped the scoring effort, sending Nielsen and Dylan Pigman assists through the crease to make it 6-1 with 2:01 left in the second.

Neither team scored in the third, despite a combined 17 shots on net.

Cunning finished with 22 saves for the Cardinals, while Fairmont Area sent 17 shots on net.

Schumacher blocked 16 shots, while his offense sizzled 28 shots on goal in the win.

Fairmont Area (4-14, 0-4 SCC) travels to play a nonconference game against Mankato East on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Four Seasons Arena in Mankato.

Windom Area (8-13) plays host to Willmar in a 1 p.m. game on Saturday in Windom.

Fairmont 1-0-0-1

Windom 2-4-0-6

Scoring Plays

1st Period

W – Ryley Espenson (Zach Bartosh, Curtis Pell), 10:06.

FA – Sam Havnen (Josh Wills), 7:33.

W – Andrew Hirsch (Ryley Espenson), 7:33.

2nd Period

W – Devin Nielsen (unassisted), 12:42.

W – Ryley Espenson (Botond Kerekgyarto), 6:11.

W – Zach Bartosh (Brady Haberman), sh, 5:51.

W – Ryan Clark (Devin Nielsen, Dylan Pigman), 2:01.

3rd Period

No scoring.

Shots on goal: Fairmont Area 5-6-6-17; Windom Area 8-9-11-28.

Saves: Garrett Schuacher (WA) 4-6-6-16; Colton Cunning (FA) 6-5-11-22.

Penalties: Fairmont Area 4 for 8 minutes; Windom Area 5 for 10 minutes.