The Becker Big Lake Eagles varsity hockey team had two big wins this week but lost a non-conference game to the Princeton Tigers, 7-0, Tuesday evening.
The Eagles beat St. Paul Highland Park, 7-1, last Thursday, then went on to beat Pine City Rush City, 12-1, Friday. They have now moved into second place in the Two Rivers Conference with 18 points, behind Webster, Siren, Frederick Luck and Grantsburg (WSFLG), who have 19 points.
The Pine City Dragons scored first in Friday’s away game just 22 seconds into the first period. Nick Stalpes tied the game for the Eagles and two minutes later Tristan Gust scored the go-ahead goal with an assist from Zach Muller.
Grant Vickerman made the score 2-1. Ethan Boutin scored at 9:23 with an assist from Milan Kent and the first period ended, 3-1, in the Eagles favor.
The Dragons never came back as the Eagles scored six more times in the second period and twice in the third to take the win.
Boutin scored, short-handed, with an assist from Zack Vieau. Jason Tonneslan scored unassisted. Stalpes scored with an assist from Vickerman and again with assists from Vickerman and Tonneslan. Then Tonneslan scored with assists from Stalpes and Vickerman. Elliot Darsow scored the final goal of the second period unassisted and short-handed, to put the score at 10-1.
Tonneslan scored with an assist from Alec Green and Vieau scored with an assist from Muller in the third period to end the game.
In the game against Highland Park, Vickerman scored the first goal unassisted at 4:03 in the first period. John Messman got their second goal with an assist from Vieau.
In the second period, Stalpes scored twice, first with an assist from Vickerman, then again with assists from Vickerman and Tonneslan. Highland Park scored their only goal of the game at the end of the second period, making the score 4-1.
In the third period, the Eagles scored three more goals, beginning with Green, unassisted, at even strength. Gust scored with an assist from Boutin. Dana Slominski scored the Eagles last goal unassisted less than a minute later for the win.
Thursday the Hornets take on Minnehaha Academy in a non-conference away game. Results will follow next week. Section play begins Saturday, time and place to be decided.