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Luverne girls continue winning streak

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Matt Lais for the Star Herald

The Luverne girls’ hockey team continues its winning ways with two more victories in the past week.
The Cardinals took an easy 12-2 victory from the Trojans in Worthington Jan. 25 and took down the Marshall Tigers 4-1 at home Friday.
Luverne moves to 21-3 on the year and hosts Morris Benson Area Saturday in their final regular season game before section play begins. 
Luverne 12, Worthington 2
The Cardinal Girls hockey team went on the road for a varsity doubleheader Tuesday night in Worthington.
The Cardinals got an early lead and never let up against the Trojans. Luverne put seven first-period goals up on the scoreboard.
Mallory Nelson got Luverne going just under two minutes into the first period with the assist going to Kamryn Van Batavia.
It was Van Batavia’s turn next midway through the period to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.
Worthington would answer back just 34 seconds later to cut the Cardinals’ lead to 1.
Luverne then erupted for five consecutive goals in the last seven minutes of Period 1.
Scoring for the Cardinals were Reghan Bork (assisted by Van Batavia and Nelson), Ella Apel (assisted by Greta McClure and Billi Connell), Van Batavia (assisted by Bork and Payton Behr), Van Batavia (unassisted), and Payton Behr (assisted by Van Batavia).
The Cardinals outshot the Trojans 22-4 in the first period, with Luverne goalie Cheyenne Schutz making three saves.  
In the second period Worthington inched a bit closer and cut the Cardinals’ lead to 7-2 just 55 seconds into the period.
Then it was the Cardinals’ turn, adding four more in the second period to take a commanding 11-2 lead into intermission No. 2.
Scoring for the Cardinals were Van Batavia (assisted by Anika Boll), Payton Behr (assisted by Van Batavia and Nelson), Billi Connell (assisted by McClure and Apel) and Apel (assisted by Bork).
Shots on goal again favored Luverne 16-6 with Emma Saarloos making five saves in Period 2 for the Cardinals. 
With the Cardinals sporting an 11-2 lead, Mallory Nelson added one more in the third to give the Cardinals a 12-2 victory in Worthington.
Third period shots on goal were 8-4 and 42-18 for the game, both in favor of the visiting Cardinals. 
Luverne 4, Marshall 1
The Luverne Cardinals welcomed the Marshall Tigers Friday for a Section 3 Big South Conference showdown. 
Payton Behr got Luverne on the board at the 11:51 mark of Period 1 with assists going to Kamryn Van Batavia and Mallory Von Tersch.
Van Batavia made it 2-0 just over three minutes later with the assist going to Reghan Bork.
Bork would call her own number and make it 3-0 just 44 seconds later.
Shots on goal for Period 1 were 14-6 in favor of Luverne. 
In Period 2 it took Van Batavia just over three minutes to give the Cardinals a 4-0 lead with assists going to Behr and Bork.
Marshall got on the Board with just 10 seconds left in the period to cut Luverne’s lead to 4-1. 
The final period saw action on both ends of the ice, but neither team ended up scoring, and the Cardinals claimed the 4-1 victory.
Final shots on goal for the game were 43-22 Luverne. Cardinal goalie Cheyenne Schutz had 21 saves on the night.

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