Senior High makes case for No. 1 seed in Section 8A tournament
East Grand Forks Senior High coach Scott Koberinski is hoping his team will be named the No. 1 seed for the Minnesota Section 8A tournament at today's seeding meeting.
His squad made the closing argument for him Tuesday night.
Senior winger Coby Stauss scored twice in the opening period and senior defenseman Casey Kallock had two goals and an assist as the Green Wave convincingly beat Thief River Falls 5-2 in the East Grand Forks Civic Center.
With the win, the Green Wave improved to 13-10-2 overall—the identical mark they took to the Section 8A tournament a year ago. Senior High won it and earned a trip to state, something head coach Scott Koberinski reminded his team of after the game.
"I would think we'll be the No. 1 or No. 2," Koberinski said of section seeding. "My push is to get No. 1. We have a 13-10-2 record. We had a hard schedule. But it starts all over again now. I'm excited to get to our first game."
No matter the seeding, Senior High knows it will be at home for its first playoff game next Thursday. The section semifinals and championship are in Warroad this season.
Koberinski said he saw some good signs in the win over the Prowlers, who fell to 12-10-2.
"I really like that were playing physical," Koberinski said. "We're moving the puck a lot better than we did—crisper. We're starting to score some more goals. Our power play has been a little better than it has been. We've got some good things going for us."
The Green Wave got off to a great start Tuesday, getting back-to-back goals from Stauss to build a 2-0 lead midway through the first period. Thief River Falls answered with a power-play goal by Aaron Meyers late in the opening frame, but Senior High got it back early in the second.
Kallock scored the first of his two goals by splitting defenders, skating in alone and burying his sixth goal of the season to make it 3-1 at 1:02. Kallock added another one early in the third, batting a puck past Thief River Falls goaltender Nick Corneliusen (23 saves).
Thief River Falls' Brady Anderson and Senior High's Ethan Trebil traded goals at the end of the third period. Senior High goalie Carter Krier stopped 14 shots.
"I wasn't thrilled about our penalty kill," Koberinski said. "I didn't think it was very good at all, but when we had to answer the bell, we did. We got some timely goals. We had some really good play from our 'D' as a group and our goaltending was solid again."