MOORHEAD-Moorhead's boys hockey team celebrated nine seniors before shutting out St. Cloud 3-0 Tuesday at Moorhead Sports Center. Fittingly, the seniors were all over the scoresheet with one in particular adding to his already memorable career with the Spuds.
Moorhead senior and University of North Dakota commit Carter Randklev's first-period goal Tuesday moved him alone in fifth place for career goals in Moorhead history.
"It's a great achievement, but it's good to get these wins against section opponents," said Randklev, who added another goal in the third period. "I focus more on my team. Individual success is nice and it's good for me, but I enjoy winning with my team a lot more than getting those achievements."
In a time when Moorhead coach Jon Ammerman said goals are hard to come by, it's good to have one of the best scorers in Moorhead history.
"He's dynamic, and he's tough too," Ammerman said of Randklev. "Both of his goals that he scored today are inside the hash marks. Obviously, he's had some very nice goals through the season, highlight-reel goals, but a majority of his points and his goals are scored right in that area where it's a tough place to play. Players like him aren't afraid to go to those areas and make plays."
Moorhead's Jack Stetz had assists on both of Randklev's goals. The senior right winger is approaching 100 points for his career, currently sitting on 96. He shrugged off the milestone approaching.
"It's a big accomplishment I guess," Stetz said. "Not many people have done it. Just shows that hard work pays off."
Ammerman did not shrug off what Stetz has done for his career.
"He's quietly gone about his business," Ammerman said. "He's just big and strong, an athlete that finishes plays. He's just good all over the ice. He does a lot of things that maybe people don't recognize. He's not flashy. He's just a good, complete hockey player."
Randklev got the history out of the way early. Ethan Frisch's shot went wide, hit the back boards and bounced to the stick of Randklev with 7 minutes, 18 seconds remaining in the first. Randklev brought it back from behind the net and had a wide-open net in front of him for the 66th goal of his career.
"Section games I feel like are a little bit more of a battle," Randklev said. "There's a little bit more on the line against section teams and that's a little bit of the reason as to why it's harder to score in section games."
Moorhead (16-6) dominated most of the second period, as St. Cloud (15-6) had more penalties than shots through the first 15 minutes. Neither team found the scoreboard, as Soren Falloon stopped all five Moorhead shots and was saved by Kyler Kleven's stick exploding with a wide-open net in front him. Moorhead senior goalie Lance Leonard held off a flurry of St. Cloud shots in the final two minutes, as St. Cloud was on the power play.
Moorhead got a cushion early in the third period behind two seniors. Park Larson's shot from the left point was stopped by Falloon, but Randklev was right there for the rebound to make it 2-0. Isaac-Henkemeyer-Howe pushed his point streak and Moorhead's winning streak to six games with the empty-net goal to seal it with 20.5 seconds remaining.
"I think we're starting to learn that practices are starting to carry over to our games, and working hard is a big factor in each game," Stetz said. "If you don't come to work then you're in for a game."
FIRST PERIOD: 1, M, Randklev (Frisch, Stetz), 9:42.
SECOND PERIOD: no scoring.
THIRD PERIOD: 2, M, Randklev (Larson, Stetz), 4:12. 3, M, Henkemeyer-Howe (Frisch, O'Connell), 15:40, empty net.
SAVES: S, Falloon 5-5-10-20. M, Leonard 6-2-2-10.