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Red Wing's Dixon Irwin sets up a snap shot from the point during the second period of Saturday's game against Fergus Falls at Prairie Island Arena. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)

Boys Hockey: Wingers drop home opener

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The Red Wing boys hockey team got a better effort in its second game of the season on Saturday. But a combination of penalties and the lack of a top scorer still has the Wingers scratching and clawing for goals as the team lost 6-1 to Fergus Falls at Prairie Island Arena.

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The visiting Otters (2-1) scored four of their six goals with the man advantage, including a pair of power-play goals less than a minute apart by Kyler Peterson early in the second period to bump Fergus Falls’ lead to 3-0.

“To start that second (period) and you’re down 5-on-3, it’s pretty tough,” said Red Wing head coach Bob Rajanen.

By the time the second period ended, the Wingers were down 4-0. And to start the third, the Otters’ Sam Rausch popped in a goal with the man advantage to complete a hat trick. Rausch also had an assist in the game.

Red Wing’s lone goal came at the 14-minute, 49-second mark of the third period when Dylan Goggin scored off an assist from George Nemanich.

“We created some opportunities with a couple of our lines. I was pleased with that,” Rajanen said.

But the goals continue to come at a premium for Red Wing despite the team putting up 16 shots on goal over the first two periods. Otters goaltender Andrew MacFarlane came up with 20 saves in the victory.

“We’re a team that has to work really hard to work for scoring opportunities and anything we get,” Rajanen said. “We don’t have that number one scorer we can depend on.

“We’re improving every time we’re stepping on the ice,” Rajanen added. “The effort has been great, it really has. We’re taking it one step at a time. Anything that happens out there is a positive.”

Red Wing (0-2) plays its first Missota Conference game of the season at home Tuesday against Farmington. The Tigers come into the contest with a 1-2 record after dropping their last two games to Hastings and Eagan.

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