By: Timothy Oshie
Publisher Section 8A Boy's Hockey
The East Grand Forks Green Wave boys hockey team defeated the Kittson-Central Wolfpack last night. 7-1. More importantly, the win advanced their Section 8A record to 6-3-0 and overall record to 9-10-1.
After two consecutive losses this past weekend to Section 1A teams (Rochester Lourdes 7-4 / Faribault 5-2) down in southern Minnesota, EGF bounced back in the left column with a convincing , balanced attack Thursday night in front of a partisan crowd at the Civic Center.
The win was pivotal for EGF getting back on track for the stretch run of the 2009 hockey season. After non-Section 8A games next week to Grand Forks Central and Moorhead, the Green Wave will battle section foes Warroad, Crookston and Thief River. As usual, the final game against TRF on February 17, will have seeding implications like it does each mid-February for the Section 8A tourney held in Warroad this year.
EGF was paced by Casey Risteau' 3-assist performance. Jake Useldinger continued his scoring prowess with a goal and two assists; Zack Srnsky 2 goals; Henry Gutierrez 2 goals; Tucker Poolman 1 goal, 1 assist; Nick Ohman 2 assists; Casey Clement 2 assists; Cory Mack with 1 goal; and Justin Call, Jake Greenwood and Christian Parker each picking up a lone assist.
Kittson-Central's Kellen Albrecht remained hot in the scoring column notching an unassisted goal late in the second period.
K-C's Alex Chaput had a very busy night steering aside 35 shots while Kyle Storbakken pushed away 14 of the 15 shots he faced.
EGF goes to 9-10-1 overall while Kittson-Central dropped to 1-7-0 in Section 8A and 4-12-1 overall.
Kittson-Central travels to Fargo-Shanley on Saturday night while EGF travels across the state border to battle Grand Forks Red River next Tuesday night at Cliff Purpur Arena.
First period — 1. EGF, Zack Srnsky (Casey Clement, Justin Call) 4:14; 2. EGF, Jake Useldinger (Casey Risteau) 7:41
Second period — 3. Corey Mack (Tucker Poolman, Useldinger ) 3:30; 4. Poolman (Nick Ohman, Useldinger) 14:18; 5. KCC, Kellen Albrecht 15:21
Third period — 6. Srnsky (Clement, Jake Greenwood) 1:27; 7. Enrique Gutierrez (Christian Parker, Risteau) 4:50; 8. Gutierrez (Risteau, Ohman) 16:15
Goalie saves — EGF Kyle Storbakken 6-3-5 — 14; KCC: Alex Chaput 11-9-15 — 35