Bork nets 100th career hockey goal as Cardinals win

Luverne senior standout Reghan Bork joined an elite group of Cardinal girls by scoring her 100th career goal Tuesday, Nov. 23.

She found the back of the net five times at Blue Mound Ice Arena to help give the Cardinal girls an impressive 10-0 win over Fairmont.

The Cardinals got on the board halfway through the first period with Bork getting the tip off a hard wrist shot from seventh-grader Macie Edstrom. Ella Apel also got the assist on the Cardinals’ first goal.

Kamryn Van Batavia scored the next three goals for the Cardinals.

On Van Batavia’s first, Payton Behr won the race to the puck in the corner, chipped the pass off the boards to Van Batavia, where she skated around two Fairmont defenders and finished the play herself.

Two minutes later it was Behr to Van Batavia again to make it 3-0. Van Batavia wasn’t done yet.

Greta McClure fired a shot on Fairmont’s goalie, Hadley Artz, who made the initial save, but Van Batavia was crashing the net hard to give the hometown Cardinals a 4-0 lead at the end of the first with Luverne goalie Cheyenne Schutz making nine saves in the period.

Shots on goal for the period were 10-9 in favor of Luverne.

Five minutes into the second, Fairmont was whistled for a tripping penalty. It didn’t take long for Van Batavia to find Bork to bury a beautiful back door pass at a sprawling Artz for the power play goal to give Luverne a 5-0 lead.

Midway through the period Luverne would catch Fairmont on a line change. Billi Connell took a breakout pass, slid it up to McClure where she found her linemate Ella Apel streaking down the middle of the ice. Apel took the neutral zone pass in all alone to make it 6-0.

The Cardinals were not finished yet. Fourteen seconds on a Payton Behr faceoff win, Van Batavia dropped a pass to Bork who hit Artz with a hard slap shot. The trio of Bork, Van Batavia and Bork did it again at the 13:10 mark of the second period, Bork getting another shot past Artz, and Luverne took an 8-0 lead into the second period intermission.

Shots on goal for the second period were in favor of Fairmont 11-7.

The third and final period started just like the previous two with Bork getting her fifth goal of the game on assists from McClure and Zariah Holmgren.

The Cardinals had one more in them for the period when McClure would beat Artz with five minutes left in the game on a power play goal with assists from Bork and Mallory Nelson. 

Schutz ended the game with 28 saves and her second shutout of the year.

Total shots were 28-20 in favor of Fairmont to finish the game.

Bork reflected on her 100 goals following the game.

“Scoring my 100th goal has always been something I’ve dreamed of doing after Makayla Sterrett earned hers,” Bork said.

“I am very thankful to be in such a great program and have many great coaches who are there to help me along the way. It’s truly an honor to be a part of Luverne hockey and put that jersey on every day.”

She said the Cardinals are on a roll and enjoying their current success.

“We are a very young team, but we have a lot of determination,” Bork said.

“We work hard every day and love each other like family. With all that being said, it makes my job as captain extremely easy. We have big goals to pursue this season and we’ll work hard at them every chance we get on and off the ice.”

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