Storm hold off Rangers, 6-4

Sean Welsh/Register: Brookings’ Kane Kurtenbach fires a shot during the first period of the Rangers’ 6-4 SDAHA loss to Sioux Center on Friday night at Larson Ice Center.

BROOKINGS – Sioux Center pulled out a 6-4 victory over the Rangers in a South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association boys’ matchup Friday night at Larson Ice Center.

Taylor De Jager’s goal with 13:28 remaining put the Storm ahead 4-3. Dayton Visser added a goal with 5:40 left to push the margin to 5-3.

Brookings’ Max Kjelden cut the deficit in half, lighting the lamp on an assist from Ike Johnson with 3:23 showing on the clock.

Visser provided Sioux Center with an insurance goal with 2:02 to play.

The Storm scored twice in the final minute-plus of the opening quarter, as Fred Bullock found the back of the net on a power play and Canyon Brown added a goal to put the visitors ahead 2-0.

The Rangers came out strong in the second.

Kjelden scored 56 seconds into the period and Jamison Honkomp added a goal on an assist from Dylan Park to knot the score at 2-2 with 14:36 left in the stanza.

De Jager answered with 7:19 to go, putting Sioux Center on top 3-2 heading to the third.

Austin Lesnar pulled Brookings even 1:12 into the third. Honkomp and Ashton Witte were credited with assists.

Blake Cannegieter made 32 saves for the Storm (7-6-1-0). Philip Kuechenmeister stopped 21 shots for the Rangers.

Brookings (6-7) is host to Aberdeen on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 3:30 p.m. and Sioux Falls on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 1:45 p.m.

SIOUX CENTER 6, BROOKINGS 4

Sioux Center 2  1  3    6

Brookings     0  2  2    4

First period

Scoring: 1, Sioux Center, Fred Bullock, 1:10 (pp). 2, Sioux Center, Canyon Brown, :37. Penalties: Fred Bullock, SC (tripping), 14:10; Canyon Brown, SC (hooking), 4:52; Max Kjelden, B (cross-checking), 3:02.

Second period

Scoring: 1, Brookings, Max Kjelden, 16:04. 2, Brookings, Jamison Honkomp (Dylan Park), 14:36. 3, Sioux Center, Taylor De Jager, 7:19. Penalties: Fred Bullock, SC (holding), 6:20; Jamison Honkomp, B (cross-checking), 4:33.

Third period

Scoring: 3, Brookings, Austin Lesnar (Jamison Honkomp, Ashton Witte), 15:48. 4, Sioux Center, Taylor De Jager, 13:28. 5, Sioux Center, Dayton Visser (Ben Lentell), 5:40. 4, Brookings, Max Kjelden (Ike Johnson), 3:23. 6, Sioux Center, Dayton Visser, 2:02. Penalties: None.

Shots – SC 27, B 36. Power plays – SC 1-of-2, B 0-of-3. Saves – SC, Blake Cannegieter (36 shots-32 saves); B, Philip Kuechenmeister (27-21).


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