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Spartans pelt Altoona goal, manage a 3-0 win

A freshman goalie playing like Dominik Hasek made things much tougher than expected for the Somerset hockey team when the Spartans hosted Altoona last Tuesday.

Somerset put 44 shots on goal, but could only manage two goals before getting an empty-netter in the final minute to seal a 3-0 win over the Rails.

Two goals that came 70 seconds apart late in the second period were the difference in the game. Senior Greg Nichols scored the first goal of the game on assists from Jake Rorabeck and Bryce Montpetit, 13:14 into the second period.

Shortly after, Jimmy Burke scored on assists from Austin Seibel and Corey Hehling.

Somerset coach Grant Belisle said the Spartans were flat in the first period, but they bounced back to play dominating hockey in the final two periods. In the second period the Spartans outshot the Rails 20-2.

With Brock Montpetit out with an injury, the Spartan coaches remixed the forward lines. Austin Seibel was moved up to a line with Burke and Tyler Enright, and that line produced the team's second goal.

The Spartans had an 11-day break between games, which gave the team a chance to get healthy and build on its conditioning. The next game for the Spartans is this Saturday, when they are visited by the Huskies of Eau Claire North.

Somerset 3, Altoona 0

First Period: No scoring.

Second Period: 1. Somerset, Greg Nichols (Jake Rorabeck, Bryce Montpetit) 13:14. 2. Somerset, Jim Burke (Austin Seibel, Corey Hehling) 14:24.

Third Period: 3. Somerset, Derick Leverty (Burke, Tyler Enright) 16:22 (en).

Saves: Somerset (Ryan Schleusner) 12; Altoona (Mike Becker) 41.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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