Storm net sectional win over Cardinals

BENSON – The No. 8-seeded Morris/Benson Area Storm scored four unanswered goals on their way to a 6-1 victory over the No. 9-seeded Fairmont Area Cardinals in Section 3A boys hockey playoff action on Tuesday in Benson.

The Storm (9-16-1) advance to face the No. 1-seeded Luverne Cardinals in the Section 3A quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Thursday in Luverne.

Fairmont Area finished its season with a 4-19 record.

Taner Gimberlin, who topped all scorers with two goals on his way to a three-point night, opened the game at the 6:53 mark with the first Storm goal of the night.

Cardinal netminder Colton Cunning turned away the rest of the Storm’s 13 first-period shots.

The Storm then surged back during the second, scoring three straight goals in the opening eight minutes.

Lincoln Pahl got assists from linemates Travis Engebretson and Cole Watzke on a Storm power-play goal 2:40 into the second, before Corey Storck scored an unassisted goal six seconds later.

Gimberlin then lit the lamp for the second time in the game, with helpers from Taylor Staples and Engebretson with less than nine minutes left in the middle frame.

Ethan Lubenow broke the shutout for the Cardinals with an unassisted tally with 5:33 left in the second.

Unfortunately for the Cardinals, the Storm tallied another goal with Bo Olson scoring on Corey storck and Pahl assists.

The final Storm net finder was scored in the third, when Watzke got assists from Gimberlin and Bo Gullickson to stake the 6-1 win.

Cunning finished with 38 saves for the Cardinals, stopping 38 of the Storm’s 44 shots on goal.

Tony Bruns, the Storm goalie, blocked 13 of the Cardinals 14 shots on net in the game.

Fairmont Area 0-1-0-1

Morris/Benson 1-4-1-6

Scoring Plays

1st Period

MBA – Taner Gimberlin (unassisted), 6:53.

2nd Period

MBA – Lincoln Pahl (Travis Engebretson, Cole Watzke), pp, 2:40.

MBA – Corey Storck (unassisted), 2:46.

MBA – Taner Gimberlin (Taylor Staples, Travis Engebretson), 8:21.

FA – Ethan Lubenow (unassisted), 11:27.

MBA – Bo Olson (Corey Storck, Lincoln Pahl), 12:43.

3rd Period

MBA – Cole Watzke (Taner Gimberlin, Bo Gullickson), 10:45.

Shots on goal: MBA 14-17-13-44; Fairmont Area 3-8-3-14.

Saves: Colton Cunning (FA) 38; Tony Bruns (MBA) 13.

Penalties: Fairmont Area 3 for 6 minutes; MBA 2 for 4 minutes.