By David Stewart
The Bearcats varsity hockey team recently picked up four wins on home ice over Park Rapids, Red Lake Falls, Lake of the Woods, and Wadena-Deer Creek.
On Saturday Jan. 5, Kittson County Central faced off against the Park Rapids Panthers. The Bearcats opened the scoring in the first period on an unassisted power play goal by Hayden Hennen. Park Rapids tied the game at 1-1 with Alec Nordin scoring unassisted. Kittson County Central answered with a goal by Trent Peterson assisted by Landon Sugden and a goal by Josh Rynning assisted by Peterson and Tyler Hennen.
In the second period, Calvin Hanson added to the Bearcats lead, scoring on a power play assisted by Peterson. Hayden Hennen added a short-handed unassisted goal to make the game 5-1. The Bearcats added two more goals in the period by Adam Gustafson assisted by Calvin Hanson, and Landon Sugden assisted by Peterson and Tyler Bakken.
In the third period, the Panthers added a short handed goal in the final seconds by Cameron Hoyt, assisted by Jack Slagle.
KCC 7 – Park Rapids 2
KCC 3 4 0 7
Park Rapids 1 0 1 2
First period_1, KCC, Hayden Hennen, (PP, Unassisted). 2. PR Alec Nordin (Unassisted). 3. KCC Trent Peterson (Landon Sugden). 4. KCC Josh Rynning (Peterson, Tyler Henen).
Second period_5. KCC Calvin Hanson (PP, Peterson). 6. KCC Hayden Hennen (SH, unassisted). 7. KCC Adam Gustafson (Hanson). 8. KCC, Sugden, (Peterson, Tyler Bakken)
Third period_9. PR, Cameron Hoyt, (SH, Jack Slagle)
Shots on goal_KCC 14-14-2_30; PR 8-9-4_21.
Penalties_KCC 5 (10 minutes), PR 4 (8 minutes)
Saves_KCC, Wyatt Olsonawski, 19; PR Logan Arndt, 23.
KCC defeated the Red Lake Falls Eagles in Hallock on Tuesday Jan. 8. The final score was 5-2. Matthew Stewart led the Bearcats scoring with two goals. Red Lake Falls opened the scoring in the first period on a power play goal by Zak Kennett assisted by Nathan Huot. KCC tied the game 1-1 with Stewart scoring assisted by Gunner Klein.
In the second period, Red Lake Falls took the lead 2-1 on a power play goal by Fred Landman assisted by Caleb Pahlen and Hunter Schmitz. Luke Misson tied the game for KCC at 2-2 assisted by Calvin Hanson. KCC regained the lead 3-2 with Stewart scoring his second goal assisted by Trent Peterson and Josh Rynning.
In the third period, Hayden Hennen scored an empty net goal assisted by Hanson. Rynning added the final goal assisted by Landon Sugden and Tyler Bakken to give the Bearcats a 5-2 victory.
KCC 5 – Red Lake Falls 2
KCC 1 2 2 5
Red Lake Falls 1 1 0 2
First period_1. RLF, Zak Kennett, (PP, Nathan Huot), 2. Matthew Stewart (Gunner Klein)
Second period_3. RLF, Fred Landman, (PP, Caleb Pahlen, Hunter Schmitz). 4. KCC, Luke Misson, (Calvin Hanson). 5. KCC, Stewart (Trent Peterson, Josh Rynning).
Third period_6. KCC, Hayden Hennen, (Hanson). 7. KCC, Rynning (Landon Sugden, Tyler Bakken).
Shots_KCC 17-15-17_49, RLF 2-8-4_14.
Penalties_KCC 4 (8 minutes), RLF 3 (6 minutes).
Saves_KCC, Wyatt Olsonawski, 12; RLF, Andrew Johnson, 44.
KCC defeated the Lake of the Woods Bears 7-3 on Jan. 10. Calvin Hanson led the Bearcats scoring with four goals and one assist.
KCC scored first with a goal by Adam Gusfafson assisted by Hanson. Hanson added an unassisted short-handed goal to increase the Bearcats lead to 2-0. Lake of the Woods cut the lead to 2-1 on a power play goal by Jackson Arpin assisted by Gunner Ferrier.
In the second period, KCC added goals with Hanson scoring on the power play assisted by Gunner Klein and Hanson scoring again assisted by Gus Peterson. Luke Misson added another goal assisted by Rynning, ending the period with a score of 5-1.
In the third period, Trent Peterson scored, assisted by Gustafson. Lake of the Woods added goals by Zakai Dahl assisted by Arpin and McKale Risser, and Reece Chorney assisted by Arpin. Hanson scored the Bearcat’s final goal on the power play unassisted.
KCC 7 – Lake of the Woods 3
KCC 2 3 2 7
Park Rapids 1 0 2 3
First period_1. KCC, Adam Gustafson, (Calvin Hanson). 2. KCC, Hanson (SH, unassisted). 3. LOW, Jackson Arpin, (PP, Gunner Ferrier).
Second period_4. KCC, Hanson (PP, Gunner Klein). 5. KCC, Hanson (Gus Peterson). 6. KCC, Luke Misson, (Josh Rynning).
Third period_7. KCC, Trent Peterson (Gustafson). 8. LOW, Zakai Dahl (Arpin, McKale Risser). 9. LOW, Reese Chorney, (PP, Arpin. 10. KCC, Hanson (PP, unassisted).
Shots_KCC, 9-13-13_35; LOW 7-0-7_14.
Penalties_KCC 6 (12 minutes); LOW 7 (17 minutes).
Saves_KCC, Wyatt Olsonawski, 11; LOW, Riley Stromlund, 28.
The Bearcats won over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 4-1 in Hallock on Saturday Jan. 12. Adam Gustafson had two goals and an assist in the victory.
KCC struck first with Hayden Hennen scoring at 5:08 with an unassisted goal.
In the second period Adam Gustafson scored at :38 assisted by Calvin Hanson. Wadena-Deer Creek made it a 2-1 game on a goal at 1:12 by Kade Woods assisted by Logan Robinson. Gustafson added his second goal of the game, scoring short-handed at 7:27 and giving the Bearcats a 3-1 lead.
In the third period, Hanson added a power play goal at 15:28 assisted by Gustafson and Hennen, giving KCC a 4-1 victory.
KCC’s JV team came from behind and defeated the Wadena-Deer Creek JV 6-5. Scoring for KCC were Luke Misson assisted by Izyk Strege; Tyler Bakken assisted by Adam Gustafson and Strege; Marcus Gobeil unassisted; Ryan Johnson assisted by Carter Larson; Gobeil assisted by Strege ; and Ryan Johnson with the game winner assisted by Landon Sugden.
KCC (10-2) will be on the road Tuesday Jan. 15, to play the Thief River Falls Prowlers.
KCC 4 – Wadena-Deer Creek 1
KCC 1 2 1 4
Wadena-Deer Creek 0 1 0 1
First period_1. KCC, Hayden Hennen, (unassisted).
Second period_2. KCC, Adam Gustafson, (Calvin Hanson). 3. WDC, Kade Woods, (Logan Robinson). 4. KCC, Gustafson, (SH, unassisted).
Third period_5. KCC, Hanson, (PP, Gustafson, Hennen).
Shots_KCC 7-10-13_30; WDC 7-9-3_19.
Penalties_KCC 8 (16 minutes), WDC, 6 (15 minutes).
Saves_KCC, Wyatt Olsonawski, 18; WDC, Josh Dykoff, 26.