East Grand Forks Senior High girls hockey bounces back strong in rout of Park Rapids
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.''