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Red Wing's Fritz Belisle spots the puck during overtime against Winona Thursday evening. Belisle scored moments later to give the Wingers a 2-1 victory over the Winhawks in the second Battle for the Barge Rope. (Republican Eagle photo by Kyle Stevens)

Boys Hockey: Red Wing wins Battle for the Barge Rope

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The Barge Rope has been around for all of 364 days. But it has now changed hands twice.

Red Wing and Winona decided to introduce a trophy to a rivalry that goes back as many years as the miles of river separating the two cities. Last year, the Winhawks claimed the Barge Rope with an overtime victory, a feat the Wingers duplicated Thursday when Fritz Belisle buried a puck past Wyatt Hamernik 3 minutes, 11 seconds into the extra frame.


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Kyle Stevens
Kyle Stevens is a sports reporter for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, Kyle worked at the Owatonna People’s Press, as well as KWLM and KLFN in Willmar. You can contact Kyle by phone at (651) 301-7879, via e-mail at, and follow him on Twitter @RE_KStevens.
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