KnightRiders, Wave skate to a tie
Quinn Kuntz had 49 saves Tuesday night. Megan Birkholz had 12. The two goalies came out with the same result on the scoreboard.
Grand Forks and East Grand Forks Senior High played to a 3-3 tie in girls hockey at Eagles Arena. The Green Wave had a 2-0 scoring advantage in a shootout, but the game still goes down as a tie, coaches said.
Grand Forks got the tie behind Kuntz, who had a season-high save total. Her stops included two on Green Wave breakaways and another in a 3-on-1 situation.
"Quinn was unreal,'' Grand Forks coach Alex Hedlund said. "She deserved the win. She was lights out. And she's had a few other games like this.
"But East Grand Forks didn't quit. Some teams would after they get down. But they didn't.''
It was role reversal for Senior High, which gave regular goalie McKenzie Whalen the night off. "We got a taste of our own medicine. A lot of our games have been like that, but we've been on the other side of it,'' Senior High coach Jim Enright said of the shots on goal. "But when you have good goaltending, you can stay in games to the end. And when you outshoot a team 52-15, you're doing something well.''
Senior High had to overcome 2-0 and 3-2 deficits. Katelin Petersen staked the KnightRiders to a 2-0 lead in the first period. But the Wave wiped that out quickly, when Tyra Chupka and Kylie Stauss scored goal in a 20-second span, the latter with 1:07 left in the first.
It remained 2-2 until Katie Rodningen scored from close range on a power play 2:12 into the third period for a 3-2 Grand Forks lead. East Grand Forks forced overtime with 45 seconds remaining when Madison McDonald took the puck down the ice along the boards and cut across the front of the goal, beating Kuntz with a backhand shot.
"That was a nice, hustling effort,'' Enright said. "Madison is a natural shooter. She can fire it.''
McDonald and Tiffany Hanson had goals in the shootout for Senior High.
"We don't have shootouts in Minnesota,'' Enright said. "It was fun. It would have been more fun if we could have counted it as a win.''
The tie left Senior High with a 7-4-2 record. Grand Forks is 4-7-1.