After slow start, boys’ hockey is taking off

Published 9:29 am Monday, December 19, 2011

The Albert Lea boys’ hockey team has notched four consecutive wins after being roughed up by Northfield in its season opener 7-2.

The Tigers are 3-0 in the Big Nine Conference and in a four-way tie atop the league with Rochester Century, John Marshall and Mayo and Mankato West.

Albert Lea’s latest win came on Thursday when the team scored three unanswered third-period goals en route to a 4-1 win at Owatonna. Adam Herbst, Brady Falk, Larry Olson and Eli Malimanek each scored goals for the Tigers.

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Nate Stadheim and Levi Hacker lead the team in points with seven each, and goalie Griffin Wangen has a 90.9 save percentage.

The Tigers play next at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday against Mankato East at Roy Nystrom Arena.