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Girls Hockey: EGF rolls over Park Rapids, Grand Forks edges Jamestown

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Wave bounce back strong

The scoring drought didn't last long for East Grand Forks Senior High.

The Green Wave were handed their first shutout of the girls high school hockey season Tuesday, a 3-0 setback to Thief River Falls, which is No. 2 in the Minnesota Class A state rankings.

Senior High, the No. 4-ranked Class A team in the state, bounced back Saturday. The Green Wave had a 63-14 advantage in shots on goal in beating Park Rapids 10-0 at the East Grand Forks Civic Center.

Five players scored goals as Senior High improved to 8-2-1. Undermanned Park Rapids, with only 13 players on its roster, dropped to 2-10-0.

The shutout loss to Thief River Falls was a reality check, Wave senior Livia Pesch said. "It was like, 'Wow, we're not used to this,' '' Pesch said. "It was really different. That really kind of brought us down.

"It made us realize that we had to put the puck on the net more, to get better scoring opportunities.''

Pesch had three goals Saturday. Mac McDonald added two goals and an assist, Cynthia Loven and Kendra Emery each had two goals and Nicole Schlenk assisted on three scores.

"It kind of wakes you up,'' EGF coach Jim Enright said of the loss to Thief River Falls. "We weren't as competitive as we needed to be. We worked hard in practice this week on getting to the difficult spots, on playing in a lot of traffic.

"It's nice to have that balance we had today.''

Loven got the offense going when she skated across the slot and wristed in a hard shot just 4:20 into the game.

The floodgates opened when the Wave scored three goals in a 46-second span—by Pesch, C.J. Mack and McDonald—for a 4-0 lead at the 8:42 mark.

Senior High led 5-0 after one period and 7-0 after two, playing the third period in running time.

The Wave matched their highest single-game scoring total of the season. They put 63 shots on goal, their second-highest total of the season. And Kenzie Whalen had just 14 saves in registering her third shutout of the season.

Enright said Senior High may have benefited from Tuesday's setback.

"It looks like it,'' Enright said. "The girls moved the puck well. But it's hard to tell (the improvements) in a lopsided game.''

Petersen leads KnightRiders to win over Jamestown

Katelin Petersen is a self-described grinder, getting a lot of her goals working around the net.

On Saturday, the junior's skating skills were a factor, as she scored a pair of goals in leading Grand Forks past visiting Jamestown 4-2 in high school hockey.

"I like to play down low around the net,'' Petersen said. "I'm more of a gritty player.

"But I think I'm pretty fast, too. They turned the puck over and I was able to take advantage of opportunities.''

Petersen's first goal came on a power play. She skated into the right circle and scored for a 2-1 lead at the 11:04 mark of the second period.

Jamestown tied the score on an Ella Roaldson goal 2:41 into the third. But Petersen scored the go-ahead goal at 10:26 when she took possession of the puck in the neutral zone, skated around two defenders and flicked in a backhand from short range on the left side of the net.

"I was just trying to get the puck on the net,'' said Petersen of her team-leading seventh goal this season. "People were crashing the net. It just went in.''

"Katelin is a complete player,'' KnightRiders coach Alex Hedlund said. "She had a little more time and space to make plays today.''

Peyton Kriewald added an insurance goal for the final 4-2 score.

Grand Forks also got a goal from Jessica Lee, who has scored in every win and hasn't scored in a loss this season for the 3-2 KnightRiders.

Grand Forks had a 39-21 advantage in shots on goal. But Grand Forks goalie Teresa Mattson came up with some crucial plays, including a stop on a breakaway and four saves in a massive third-period scramble in front of the net.

"Those were some quality saves that we really needed,'' Hedlund said. "There were a couple of scrambles where they jabbed two or three shots at her.''

Jamestown appeared to have some momentum after blankin Grand Forks in a five-minute power play late in the second period, then tying the score on Roaldson's goal early in the third. But Mattson's four saves in the scrum "was big,'' Blue Jays coach Andy Fitzgerald said. "We didn't get a lot of great scoring chances. That was one that we didn't capitalize on.''

Erin Anderson had 35 saves for the 0-7-0 Blue Jays.

"She (Anderson) kept us in the game, especially early,'' Fitzgerald said.

Sydney Soulis also scored for Jamestown.