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Parker Mitchell (left) earned his second hat trick of the season. Presley Patrin (right) receives the game puck for earning his first shutout of his career.

 

The Mustang boys hockey team got their first shutout of the season by winning 7-0 against the Ashland Oredockers (Wisconsin) on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Mora Civic Center. 

Mora’s goalie, Presley Patrin of Milaca, earned his first career shutout. Carter Ashworth heated the net up early by netting the first goal of the contest at the 1:24 mark assisted by Korbin Kahle and Jack Kritzeck. A few minutes later, Parker Mitchell scored on a power play, assisted by Trenton Fore and Jack Kritzeck. Just over a minute later, Carter Ashworth scored his second goal of the game on another power play assisted by Trenton Fore and Jack Kritzeck. At the 13:21 mark in the first period, Parker Mitchell scored his second goal of the game. Assisting on the play was Jack Kritzeck and Carter Ashworth. 

Fifty-one seconds into the second period, Trenton Fore scored his only goal of the game, making it 5-0. Assisting on the play was Parker Mitchell. At the 3:44 mark into the second period, Parker Mitchell scored his third goal, giving him his second hat trick in six games. Later in the second period, Austin Rudek scored the seventh goal of the game, making it 7-0. Assisting on the play was Carson Donaghue and Jack Kritzeck. Kritzeck had five assists in the game. His 11th assist of the year ties him for fifth in the state in assists. 

Parker Mitchell has been dominating the net so far this year, tallying a total of 14 goals and four assists in six games. He leads the entire state in goals scored. Matt Filippi of Little Falls has 13 while Max Strand of Roseau and Jaksen Panzer of East Grand Forks are tied for third with 11 goals. Mitchell’s early season dominance could put him in good company locally. Derek Graves had 39 goals and 38 assists for 77 total points for Mora in 2012-2013. Gavin Orr in 2018-2019 had 40 goals and 31 assists for a total of 71 points. 

“I have found some success early in the season, but I could not have done that without my teammates,” said Mitchell. “A lot of people say you’re amazing, but honestly it’s a team sport and our team plays so well together. There are so many different keys to success, but my number one secret is being a team player. It will take everyone to get where we want to go.” 

Mora is 2-3-1 on the season, but they’ve outscored their opponents 27-24. They are back in action when the puck drops at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, at the Highland Ice Arena in St. Paul. Their next home game will be Tuesday, Dec. 21 vs Prairie Centre at the Mora Civic Center.

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