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Spotlight: Apollo at Sauk Rapids Boys Hockey (Audio)

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Dave Overlund

St. Cloud Apollo jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one period, then held on for a 7-3 victory over Sauk Rapids-Rice at Sports Arena East.

Dallas Haugen started the scoring for Apollo at the 2:36 mark of the first period, assisted by Tanner Biedenbach and Jordan Keller.

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Just :47 later, Jared Christen scored his 33rd goal of the season on a loose puck in front, with assists credited to Jason Omann and Grady Ewing.

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Apollo took a 3-0 lead late in the first period on an Jordan Keller goal off a rebound of an Erik Jarosch shot.

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Keller’s fourth goal of the season gave the Eagles a 3-0 lead into the first intermission. Apollo outshot Sauk Rapids 14-5 in the opening period.

With Sauk Rapids-Rice’s Joey Streeter serving a five minute major penalty for boarding, the Eagles struck for a pair of goals to increase their lead to five.

Apollo’s Christen scored his second goal of the game, and 34th of the season at 4:42 with the assist credited to Brandon Bloch.

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Exactly two minutes later the Eagles’ Paul Kenney scored his 22nd goal of the season on the power play to run the score to 5-0.

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Sauk Rapids went into the locker room at the second intermission trailing 5-0. Shots on goal through two periods of play were 30-12 in favor of St. Cloud Apollo.

The Storm would not go quietly, however. Sauk sophomore Brandon Duray notched his seventh goal of the season on a power play just :37 into the third period to break the shutout.

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Apollo’s Ewing answered back on the power play just over a minute later to make the lead five once again at 6-1.

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Sauk Rapids-Rice then got back-to-back goals to cut the Apollo lead in half, beginning with Blake Chapa’s goal at 5:26.

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Matt Meyer scored just over two minutes later to make the score 6-3.

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However, that was as close as the Storm would get, as Apollo’s Paul Kenney iced the game with a short handed goal at 13:18 of the third period to make the score 7-3.

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