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Hermantown powers past Superior

Hermantown scored three goals on the power play and two more while skating short-handed in its 5-2 win over the Superior High School boys hockey team Monday night in Hermantown.

The Hawks’ three power-play goals came during a five-minute major penalty Superior took just 1:37 into the game. Hermantown’s second goal came with two Spartans in the penalty box.

The Spartans turned things around in the second period when they outshot the Hawks 14-3 and got on the scoreboard when Gunnar Hansen stole the puck at neutral ice and scored on Cole Manahan.

Tyler Watkins completed his hat trick for Hermantown with two short-handed goals in the third period. The first shorty came off a face off in Hermantown’s defensive end.

Grant Sorensen also scored for the Spartans, who are 0-5-1 in their last six games.

Caden Welch stopped 22 shots for Superior and Manahan had 30 saves for Hermantown.

Superior (12-9-2) wraps up its regular season by hosting Eau Claire Memorial at 7 p.m. Saturday. The game will be carried live on WNXR 107.3 FM

SPARTAN SPIN: Each team had nine penalties. SHS had three major penalties and Hermantown one. ... SHS is the No. 2 seed for the WIAA playoffs and will host either No. 7 River Falls and No. 10 Grantsburg on Thursday, Feb. 15.

Superior 0 1 1 2

Hermantown 3 0 2 5

First period — 1. H, Tyler Watkins (Jacob Herter, Darian Gotz), 1:42 (pp); 2. H, Herter (Brady Baker, Blake Biondi), 2:02 (pp); 3. H, Herter (Biondi, Watkins), 5:18.

Second period — 4. SHS, Gunnar Hansen (Max Curtis), 12:46.

Third period — 5. H, Watkins, 3:24 (sh); 6. SHS, Grant Sorensen (Taylor Burger, Keagan Rice), 12:23; 6. H, Watkins, 14:54 (sh).

Saves — Caden Welch, SHS, 10-3-9--22; Cole Manahan, H, 7-13-10--30.