Zero Variance PeeWee splits two games [UPDATED]Published 11:09am Tuesday, December 13, 2011 Updated 11:10am Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The Zero Variance PeeWee “A” hockey team faced off against Detroit Lakes and Brainerd this weekend in a much welcomed home stand after being on the road for all but one of their previous contests.
Detroit Lakes was the visiting team in Saturday afternoon’s matchup. Fergus Falls started the game on fire. Eighteen seconds into the opening period, Brady Kampsula and Adam Swanson worked to feed Peter Johnson in front of the net, resulting in a 1-0 Otter lead. Less than one minute later, Carter Randklev’s centering pass found Seth Pribbernow for the same result and a 2-0 lead. With 11:34 on the clock, Randklev skated in from the left and found Seth Pribbernow streaking to the net, making it a 3-0 lead to close the first period.
The DL goaltender had his work cut out for him the second period as Fergus Falls managed to put 27 shots on goal.. At the 13:52 mark, Swanson pounced on a rebound of a Riley Sheridan shot, also assisted by Jack Vaughn, to put his team up by four goals. Midway through the period, Logan Wentworth’s (unassisted) wrist shot from near the point extended the lead, 5-0. The Otters held a 38-12 shots on goal advantage though two periods. Fergus Falls goaltender Jack Angus helped the cause by stopping several quality scoring chances.
Both teams skated evenly in the third, with DL stepping up the pressure. Both teams exchanged goals with Detroit lakes scoring first at the 12:46 mark. On minute later, a Randlkev scoring opportunity set Sheridan up with a rebound goal and a 6-1 lead. After DL quickly answered, Sheridan added an exclamation point from close range with 4:26 left in the game on a nice set up play by Randklev and Wentworth.
Defeating Brainerd earlier in the season on their own home ice, the Otters realized opposite results Sunday afternoon. Dominating the first period, Fergus Falls failed to take advantage of several quality scoring chances throughout the balance of the game leading to 6-3 loss for the Otters. Pribbernow opened scoring at the 12:58 mark, assisted by Randklev, for a 1-0 lead. Pribbernow exchanged the favor, setting up Randklev with 5:53 left in the first period, making it a 2-0 game.
Brainerd turned the tables in the second and third periods by stepping up the pressure, scoring 5 unanswered goals. With 2:02 left in the game, Sheridan teamed up with Sam Kaliher and Alex Evenson to make it a 5-3 game. Brainerd scored with time running down to seal the Otter’s second loss of the season.
The 10-2 Zero Variance PeeWee “A”s are coached by head coach Tim Lill and assistant coach Mac Abel.