Area Boys Hockey: W-DC knocks down North Branch
WADENA — Mitchell Swanson tallied four goals and two assists to lead the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines past the North Branch Vikings 10-3 in the opening round of Wadena-Deer Creek tournament Thursday.
Christian Berg and Jake Krause each added two goals and three assists for the Wolverines who went 3-4 on power plays.
Also scoring goals for W-DC were Mike Behl and Otto Asp. Bridger Pettit added three assists.
North Branch 1 0 2 — 3
Wadena-Deer Creek 3 6 1 — 10
First period: WDC-Mitchell Swanson (Christian Berg) 7:00; WDC-Jake Krause (Berg) 14:04; WDC-Mike Behl (Dylan Phillips) 14:32; NB-Brandon Kratzke 15:24
Second period: WDC-Krause (Mike Paavola, Swanson) ppg 1:37; WDC-Otto Asp (Krause) 8:26; WDC-Christian Berg (Swanson) 9:00; WDC-Swanson (Bridger Pettit) 11:28; WDC-Berg (Krause) ppg 12:40; WDC-Swanson (Pettit, Berg) 13:22 ppg
Third period: WDC-Swanson (Pettit, Krause) 16:21; NB-Colton Danks (Brandon Waldo) ppg 9:59; NB-Nate Runberg (Tim Courtright, Waldo) ppg 12:38
Shots on goal: WDC 30, NB 21
Goalies: WDC-Cory McManigle (18 saves); NB-Donovan Steffen (20 saves).
Overall: WDC 5-4-0. Next: Wadena-Deer Creek vs. St. Paul Como Park/Pine City winner, championship, at Wadena-Deer Creek tournament 5 p.m. Friday.
■ Little Falls 5, Hutchinson 3
LITTLE FALLS — Little Falls edged Hutchinson 5-3 during the first day of the Little Falls tournament Thursday.
The Flyers now own an 8-1 record and will play Willmar 7 p.m. Friday.