By John Rittenhouse
The Luverne boys' hockey team had a three-game winning streak snapped when it dropped a two-goal home deficit to Minneapolis South Saturday.
The Cards had raised their record to 3-0 by beating Sleepy Eye by five goals during the Southwest Conference for both teams at the Blue Mound Ice Arena Thursday.
Luverne, 3-1 overall, plays road games in Worthington tonight, Wadena Saturday and Windom Tuesday.
South 5, Luverne 3
Minneapolis South scored the final three goals of the game to hand the Cards their first setback of the season Saturday in Luverne.
Luverne got off to a great start in the first period while sporting 2-0 and 3-2 leads, but South used a hat trick from John Benson and a two-goal effort by Cole Koidahl to prevail by two.
The Cards made a statement early in the game by scoring twice in a 26-second span early in the first period.
Pete Connell opened the scoring at the 12:35 mark of the first period. Kyle Crable, who picked up an assist for Connell's tally, added an unassisted goal at 12:09 to make it 2-0.
Benson tied the game at two by scoring twice in a 22-second span as the first period progressed, but Cardinal Tony Sandbulte answered with 37 seconds remaining in the period after being set up by Ryan Grimmius to give LHS a 3-2 edge.
Koidahl netted a short-handed goal at 7:26 of the second period to tie the game before giving South its first lead of the game (4-3) with a power-play goal with 4:54 remaining in the second stanza.
Benson completed his hat trick with 3:14 left in the third period.
South outshot the Cards 44-22. Jon Mollberg stopped 39 of 44 shots as the Luverne goalie.
Luverne 5, SE 0
Mollberg recorded a shutout in net and Connell and Edstrom had big offensive games to highlight Luverne's five-goal conference win over SE Thursday in Luverne.
Mollberg handled all eight shots he faced in net for Luverne.
Connell (three assists and one goal) and Edstrom (two goals and one assist) led a Luverne offensive attack that featured five goals and 38 shots on net.
Connell played a role in Luverne taking a 2-0 lead in the first period by receiving assists for Tyler Scheidt's power-play goal at 9:02 and Edstrom's first tally with 37 seconds remaining in the stanza.
Edstrom made it a 3-0 game by scoring 40 seconds into the second period after being set up by Connell and Chris Morgan. Sandbulte found the net with assists going to Edstrom and Mark Huiskes with 6:58 remaining in the second period.
Connell capped the scoring with an unassisted goal at the 10:58 mark of the third period.
Luverne had a 38-8 advantage in shots on goal during the win.