LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Flyers handed head coach Tony Couture his 300th career win with a 5-1 victory over the Fergus Falls Otters in a Section 6-1A matchup Friday.
Ben Newman registered a hat trick. He scored twice on power plays and once short-handed. Taylor Drager opened the scoring with an even-strength, first-period goal and Austin Bjorge scored short handed for the final goal.
The defending Section 6-1A champion Flyers are unbeaten at 4-0 and have outscored their opponents 19-3.
Goalie Michael Stumpf registered 28 saves as both teams put 29 shots on goal. After a season-opening shutout against Hibbing, Stumpf has allowed only single goals in the Flyers last three games.
Fergus Falls 0 0 1 — 1
Little Falls 1 2 2 — 5
First period: LF-Taylor Drager (Taylor Kottschade) 1:34
Second period: LF-Ben Newman shg 4:33; LF-Newman (Matthew Stumpf) ppg 6:59
Third period: FF-Sam Rausch (Casey Ward, Jesse Ketonen) ppg 4:13; LF-Newman (Luke Majerle) ppg 12:14; LF-Austin Bjorge (Mark Anez) shg 14:56
Shots on goal: LF 29, FF 29
Goalies: LF-Michael Stumpf (28 saves); FF-Ian Bjorgum (24 saves)
Overall: LF 3-0. Next: Little Falls hosts Alexandria 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.
■ Litchfield/D-C 4, Wadena-Deer Creek 3 OT
WADENA — Mitchell Swanson had two goals and an assist in the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 4-3 overtime loss to Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato in a non-conference game Thursday.
Cory McManigle made 34 saves in net for the Wolverines, who were outshot 38-29.
Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 2 1 0 1 — 4
Wadena-Deer Creek 1 2 0 0 — 3
First period: WDC-Christian Berg (Mitchell Swanson) 2:43; LDC-Ryan Tormanen (Ethan Niemela) 3:09; LDC-Ben Haugo (Kent Ryynanen) ppg 6:06
Second period: WDC-Swanson (Bridger Pettit) ppg 4:25; LDC-Aaron Haataja 6:20; WDC-Swanson 8:18
Overtime period: LDC-Ethan Niemela 1:17
Shots on goal: LDC 38, WDC 29
Goalies: LDC-Braeden Wahl (26 saves); WDC-Cory McManigle (34 saves)
Overall: WDC 1-3. Next: WDC at Willmar 1 p.m. Saturday