East Grand Forks knocks off No. 2 St. Cloud Cathedral
East Grand Forks Senior High boys hockey coach Scott Koberinski embraces a schedule that includes three Top 10 matchups in the first four games of the season.
"You see where you're at early in the year," Koberinski said.
The Green Wave were in a good place Saturday afternoon at the East Grand Forks Civic Center.
No. 8 East Grand Forks rode a three-goal third period to pull away from No. 2 St. Cloud Cathedral 5-1 in a rematch of last season's Minnesota state Class A quarterfinals.
Cathedral, which beat the Green Wave a year ago, fell to 2-1 on the season while the Wave improved to 2-2.
After losing to No. 3 Orono and No. 7 Delano on the road to start the season, the Wave bounced back with convincing home wins over Totino-Grace and Cathedral on back-to-back nights.
"I thought we played extremely well," Koberinski said. "Defensively, we took a big step forward from last weekend. We played six good periods this weekend."
Wave forwards Tanner Mack and Coby Stauss each scored twice, while defensemen Casey Kallock (goal, three assists) and Luke Vonesh (two assists) also aided the offense.
Mack said the Wave came back to practice this week a determined group after a pair of tight losses to open the year.
"It's always tough to lose no matter who you play," he said. "We came to practice with a chip on our shoulder and worked extra hard. I think we chipped pucks well today and played hard hockey. It was a really good win by our whole group."
Cathedral's James Anderson scored about five minutes into the second period to tie the score at 1, but the Wave answered with Mack's second goal of the game at 12 minutes, 8 seconds of the second period to take the lead for good.
The Wave finished it off with three goals in the third period—all coming in the first 6:26 of the final frame.
"We've had a great work ethic and compete level the past two games," Stauss said. "It's a huge confidence builder for our team. They beat us pretty good last year and this was a good chance to get redemption."