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BOYS HOCKEY: Bismarck Century takes 3-2 win over Shakopee in final game of the day

A year ago, Shakopee didn't score a goal in its three games at the Herald Jason Stadstad Hockey Classic. In the Sabers' 12th period at Purpur Arena, they finally accomplished that, but that wasn't enough. Keaton Leininger scored two goals, Trista...

A year ago, Shakopee didn't score a goal in its three games at the Herald Jason Stadstad Hockey Classic.

In the Sabers' 12th period at Purpur Arena, they finally accomplished that, but that wasn't enough.

Keaton Leininger scored two goals, Tristan Stewart added another and Bismarck Century beat Shakopee 3-2 on Thursday night.

Leininger, who already has 25 points in eight games this season, was dominant for the Patriots, who improved to 7-1 overall by opening up a 3-0 lead and hanging on for the win.

Leininger, a junior, scored from down low at 8:01 of the first and at 13:43 of the second to help the Patriots open up a lead.

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Stewart snuck one under the pad of Shakopee goalie Sean Surbaugh at 16:16 of the second to open a big 3-0 lead.

Shakopee finally got on the board in Grand Forks when J.D. Willemssen scored a power-play goal in the opening minute of the third period.

The Sabers made it a one-goal game when Sheldon Miks scored on a water-bottle shot from the left circle with 6:28 left.

But that's as close as Shakopee came.

Shakopee will play Bismarck High today at 2:15 p.m. while Century meets Red River at 4:30 p.m.

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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