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Red River rolls in East Region boys hockey opener

Grand Forks Red River's Ethan Scheffer (11) and Mason Salquist (20) chase a loose puck with Fargo South/Shanley's Ben Traynor Tuesday at Purpur Arena in Grand Forks. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald1 / 3
Grand Forks Red River's Dane Montgomery skates in on Fargo South/Shanley goalie Zach Sandy Tuesday at Purpur Arena in Grand Forks. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald2 / 3
Grand Forks Red River's Tyler Savage skates past Fargo South/Shanley players Tuesday at Purpur Arena in Grand Forks. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald3 / 3

With a doubleheader scheduled for Purpur Arena, Grand Forks Red River played Fargo South/Shanley on Tuesday in a unique late afternoon matchup to start postseason play.

The change in puck drop didn't throw off the Roughriders' late-season momentum.

Red River senior Mason Salquist had two goals and two assists to lead the Riders to a 7-0 win over South/Shanley in an East Region quarterfinal.

"It's all the same," Salquist said. "You have to be ready to go no matter what time you play."

Red River now plays the winner of Fargo Davies and Grafton-Park River in an East Region semifinal at about 8:15 p.m. Friday at Purpur.

Against South/Shanley, the Riders scored four times in the first period, including one from Salquist with less than a second remaining in the opening period.

"We came out hot and put three good periods together," said Salquist, who leads the East Region with 22 goals and 56 points. "We need six more to finish off the week and get to state."

Red River won its fifth-straight game and improved to 18-2-2, while South/Shanley dropped to 8-11-3.

"We've had a refocus the last four, five games," Red River coach Bill Chase said. "We're playing with better energy and team defense. It's showing up on the board. When we play with energy and follow our leader, we're successful."

Red River started the scoring at 10:16 of the first when freshman Jackson Kunz tipped in a Landon Haagenson shot.

Dane Montgomery made it 2-0 when Salquist dropped a puck for him on the power play at 12:16 of the first.

Salquist then made it 3-0 on a short-handed goal at 14:26, followed by his second goal with just 0.6 seconds left in the period.

Maxx Andrade, Max Johnson and Tyler Savage also scored for Red River, which outshot the Bruins 31-9.

Tom Miller

Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department since 2004. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate. 

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