Boys’ hockey picks up three conference wins

The Mound Westonka High School boys hockey team picked up three Wright County Conference victories in the past week against Waconia, Orono and Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato.

The White Hawks traveled to Waconia High School for a 5-2 win on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The White Hawks had two goals from Jack Brandstetter, and Jack Sterne, Blake Brady and Mitchell Sullivan all netted one goal each.

Goaltender Alec Hill picked up the victory for the White Hawks, stopping 24 of 26 shots on goal.

Head Coach Doug Runke said the White Hawks played well on offense and Waconia goaltender Nathan Kovach kept the Wildcats in the game with 60 saves.

“Against Waconia we did a good job of aggressively going to the net and creating traffic in front,” he said. “Their goalie played a great game with 50 plus saves, most of them in crowds and with players in his face.”

Runke said the defense and goaltending by Hill helped the White Hawks to victory.

“We did a good job of keeping up our intensity and withstanding some good chances from Waconia, with the defense and goaltender Alec Hill limiting their scoring opportunities,” he said.

The White Hawks then picked up a close 3-2 win against Orono High School on Saturday, Jan. 26 at home.

Goals by Hunter Smith and Tanner Palm in the first period helped even the score up with Orono 2-2, and the game-winning goal was scored by Jeremy Schulz in the second period.

Goaltender Andy Seats picked up the win with 25 saves. Runke said the White Hawks earned the win with few players out due to health reasons.

“The intensity of the game was felt on both benches with the players competing hard from the drop of the puck to the final buzzer,” he said. “We had a lot of players chip with solid efforts as we were a couple of players short due to illness.”

The defense helped the White Hawks win the game by killing off a five-minute major penalty that left MWHS shorthanded during the last five minutes of the game.

“Our defense in particular was short-handed number wise and continued to battle throughout,” said Runke. “Andy Seats in net raised his level of play throughout the game and came up with some tough stops in the third period.”

The victory helped the White Hawks move to second place in the conference standings, with Orono two points behind MWHS at a 5-3 conference record.

“It was a great team game and a nice one to get against one of our biggest rivals,” said Runke.

The White Hawks moved to a 6-2 record in Wright County Conference play with a 4-1 win in Litchfield against Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

The White Hawks had two goals from Brandstetter, and Schulz and Ben O’Borsky also scored one each. Goaltender Andy Seats picked up the win with 22 saves.

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