HURON — Behind a solid effort by Jacob Wehde in the net and Xavier Erickson on the offensive end, the Huron All-Stars opened the 2017 Rooster Cup Tournament with a 9-1 victory against the Sioux City Storm on Friday at Bergman Arena.
Wehde stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced as the goalie for the All-Stars.
Erickson scored six of the first seven goals in the game for Huron.
The opening goal came early in the first period on an unassisted shot by Erickson.
The second goal came during a power play as Erickson scored with the assist going to Spencer Busch and Walker Schiltz at the 1:23 mark to give the All-Stars a 2-0 advantage.
Busch then scored the first of four goals for Huron in the second period, with Schiltz and Erickson combining on the assist.
Erickson would score the next three goals to earn the hat trick. The first was assisted by Busch, the second was unassisted and the third was assisted by Carson Duba and Wehde.
The lone goal for the Storm came in the second period, as Rylan Brue found the net with Sam DeJong and Spencer Van Ravenswaay assisting on the goal.
Erickson would score his final goal for Huron early in the third period with Schiltz and Busch assisting on the play.
Schiltz followed with a goal on a pass from Erickson and Busch capped the scoring with a goal on a pass from Schiltz.
The All-Stars finished with 32 shots on goal against a pair of goalies.
Blake Cannegieter started in the net for the Storm and tallied 11 saves on 16 shots. Alex Koops finished the game and had 12 saves on 16 shots.
Both teams will return to action today. Sioux Center will face Mayport at 2 p.m., while Huron will play the Neepawa Tigers at 7 p.m..
The Annual Teddy Bear Toss will be held during Huron’s game. Fans are encouraged to bring a stuffed toy to be thrown onto the ice following the opening goal of the game. The toys will be collected and donated to the Salvation Army.
Aberdeen 4, Mayport 3
HURON — Despite taking the early lead, the Aberdeen Courgars needed a goal in the third period to edge the Mayport Ice Dawgs 4-3 during the opening game of the 2017 Rooster Cup Tournament at Bergman Arena.
Desmond Dean had all four goals in the game for the Cougars to finish with the hat trick.
Desmond Dean put the first point on the board at the 3:30 mark of the opening period, with Matt Johnson earning the assisst.
With just 14 seconds remaining in the first period, Desmond Dean gave Aberdeen a 2-0 lead. Avery Dean and Johnson combined on the assist.
Desmond Dean found the net for a third time at the 5:11 mark of the second period to stretch the Cougars’ lead to 3-0. Kael Campbell and Johnson were credited with the assist.
Mayport was able to slice its deficit to just a goal in quick fashion late in the second period.
Colby Zupan had the opening goal for the Ice Dawgs on a pass from Reese Groth with 3:30 remaining in the second period.
A mere 22 seconds later, Groth scored on a pass from Jack Ihry to narrow Aberdeen’s lead to 3-2, where it would stay heading into the final period.
Seth Germundson pulled Mayport even with a goal shortly into the third period. Groth and Ihry combined on the assist.
A fourth goal by Desmond Dean, which was of the unassisted variety, would prove to be the game-winner for the Cougars with 5:03 left on the clock.
Landon Danielson stopped 18 of the 21 shots he faced to earn the victory in the net for Aberdeen.
Kadie Susie recorded 25 saves for the Ice Dawgs.
Aberdeen will face the Neepawa Tigers at 11:30 a.m. today and will play Brookings at 4:30 p.m., while Mayport will battle Sioux Center (Iowa) at 2 p.m.
Brookings vs. Neepawa
HURON — The Brookings Rangers recorded a victory against the Neepawa Tigers during the opening day of the 2017 Rooster Cup Tournament at Bergman Arena.
Complete results were not available from the game.
Neepawa will face Aberdeen in the opening game today at 11:30 a.m., and then will play Huron in the final game of the day at 7 p.m.
Brookings will face Aberdeen at 4:30 p.m.
PHOTO BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN
Huron’s Xavier Erickson handles the puck in front of the net as SamWalhof of Sioux Center defends on the play during their opening game of the 2017 Rooster Cup Tournament on Friday at Bergman Arena. Kobe Ischen of Brookings his pressured by a pair of Neepawa defenders, incluking Tyler Gibson, left, during their opening game in the 2017 Rooster Cup Tournament on Friday at Bergman Arena.