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Luverne boys' hockey team splits pair of Big South Conference games

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Brennen Rupp

The Luverne Cardinals boys’ hockey team split a pair of games this past week.
Luverne opened the week with a 4-1 victory over the Worthington Trojans on Tuesday, Feb. 16 in Worthington.
The Cardinals then dropped a home game to Waseca 7-1 on Friday, Feb. 19.
LHS 4, Worthington 1
It was a busy first period between the two Big South Conference foes with the Cardinals and Trojans combining for four goals.
Brock Behrend opened for the Cardinals to put the visitors up 1-0. Carlton Oftedahl and Cooper Arends both recorded assists on the game-opening goal.
It took the Trojans less than two minutes to answer back with a goal of their own to tie the game at 1-1.
Behrend notched his second goal of the game to put the Cardinals back out in front 2-1. Henry Hartquist and Ethan Langseth both recorded assists on the goal.
Zach Kruse wrapped up the scoring in the opening period to put the Cardinals up 3-1. Kaleb Hern recorded the assist on the goal.
Hartquist scored the final goal of the game in the second period to give the Cardinals a three-goal lead. Behrend recorded an assist on the goal.
Luverne goalie Shaid Shearer recorded 22 saves in the win.
With the win over Worthington, the Cardinals completed the season sweep over the Trojans.
Waseca 7, LHS 1
 The Cardinals were able to strike first in front of the home crowd on Friday, Feb. 19. Unfortunately for the Cardinals that’s the only goal they’d muster in the game.
The visiting Blue Jays scored seven straight goals to pick up the 7-1 victory over the Cardinals.
Cade Wenninger opened the scoring with a goal in the first period to put the Cardinals up 1-0. Oftedahl and Behrend both recorded assists on Wenninger’s goal.
The Blue Jays quickly answered back to tie the game at 1-1.
Waseca added one more goal in the first period to take a 2-1 lead into the locker room.
The Blue Jays scored four goals in the second period to take a 6-1 lead into the final period. In the final period Waseca added one more goal to make the final score 7-1.
Shearer recorded 42 saves for the Cardinals. As of Tuesday, Shearer ranked third in the state of Minnesota with 396 saves.
With the split the Cardinals own a 3-7 record.
They’ll be in Waseca to take on the Blue Jays on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
Following their game in Waseca, the Cardinals will play in New Ulm on Thursday, Feb. 25.

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