Area Boys Hockey: Little Falls gets big win over Sheyenne


LITTLE FALLS — Little Falls’ Gabe Hirsch recorded two goals and three assists for the Flyers as they crushed Sheyenne, N.D. in the first round of the Little Falls Holiday Tournament Thursday, Dec. 26.

Also scoring twice for the Flyers was Ryan Buckallew who totaled two assists.

Flyer goalie Dane Couture notched 24 saves on 25 shots.


Sheyenne 0 1 0 -- 1
Little Falls 2 4 3 -- 9

First period: LF-Ryan Buckallew (Nicholas Stevens, Gabe Hirsch) 0:16, LF-Reece Hubbard (Buckallew) 8:44
Second period: LF-Joe Majerle (Hayden Johnson) 2:49, S-Kai Trudeau 7:00, LF-Hirsch (Stevens, George Moore) 7:23, LF-Buckallew (Hirsch), LF-Hirsch (Stevens, Buckallew) 14:37
Third period: LF-Jake Czajkowski (Hirsch, Marshall Anez) 8:25, LF-Robby Kuchinski-Helgeson (Anez) 11:47, LF-Mason Doble (Nolan Bjorge) 15:25
Shots on goal: LF 52, S 25
Goalies: LF Dane Couture (24 saves); S-Tyler Swanson (30 saves), Peyton Buchholz (13 saves)
Overall: LF 9-2-1. Next: Little Falls hosts Willmar in second-round of Holiday Tournament 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27.

Litchfield 6, Northern Lakes 3

ST. CLOUD — Mason Schroeder posted a goal and four assists to lead the Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato Dragons to a 6-3 victory over the Northern Lakes Lightning in the first round of the Granite City Showcase Thursday, Dec. 26

Kyler Couture scored twice, including the only goal in the first period, for a 1-0 Lightning lead after one period.

The Dragons rattled off five second period goals for a 5-1 advantage.

Caiden Kjelstrom opened the third period with a goal from an assist from Erik Larsen. Larsen assisted on two goals. Hunter Nybakken added another assist.


Sam LeMieur collected 25 saves in net for the Lightning.

Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 0 5 1 -- 6
Northern Lakes 1 0 2 -- 3

First period: NL-Kyler Couture (Shane Donovan, Erik Larsen) 6:09
Second period: L-Austin Kantola (Jack Hillmann) 2:57; L-Logan Benson (Mason Schroeder) 3:43; L-Schroeder (Benson) 7:27; L-Terrell Grangroth (Grant Grochow, Schroeder) ppg 13:11; L-Grangroth (Schroeder) ppg 13:33
Third period: NL-Caiden Kjelstrom (Larsen) 4:07; L-Benson (Schroeder) 8:37; NL-Couture (Hunter Nybakken) 12:17
Shots on goal: NL 25, L 31
Goalies: NL-Sam LeMieur (25 saves); L-Darby Halonen (22 saves)
Overall: NL 5-4-1. Next: Northern Lakes vs. St. Francis in second round of Granite City Showcase, St. Cloud 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27.
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