The first time Roseau played East Grand Forks Senior High, the Rams accumulated a season-high goal total.
That 9-0 win in December wasn’t the norm for the team, Rams girls hockey coach Steve Huglen said.
“Low-scoring teams have been more typical for us,’’ Huglen said. “Our offense has been a little up and down. Our defense has been pretty good and pretty consistent.’’
The rematch Saturday afternoon was more of a defensive struggle. But again Roseau won with a shutout, this time by a 2-0 score at the East Grand Forks Civic Center.
“It was a lot different game this time,’’ Senior High coach Brian Larson said. “We competed today. We had a lot better effort. We had some chances.
“They (Rams) skate so well. They’re quick and constantly moving. They don’t give up many shots.’’
The shutout was the fourth of the season for Roseau, which has outscored opponents 67-25. In only three of its 16 games has 14-2-0 Roseau allowed more than two goals and never more than four.
“This is about what we expected,’’ Huglen said. “And it starts in our offensive zone. We try to bring a lot of pressure. When we’re effective with that, it limits our opponents’ shots.’’
Roseau had a 40-17 advantage in shots on goal, with Kiana Flaig getting the shutout. Five of the shots on goal for Senior High came on a one-minute power play early in the second period. “Kiana is a very good goalie,’’ Huglen said. “When she had to come up big she did.’’
Roseau broke a scoreless game when Reese Strand scored her seventh goal of the season, this one from close range, with 8:46 left in the second period.
The Rams made it 2-0 on an Ella Helgeson goal -- also her seventh -- with 9:32 left in the third. Rams scoring leader Kayla Santl (32 points) assisted on both goals.
“We need Kayla to be active,’’ Huglen said. “She takes the puck to the net strong.’’
Senior High stayed close behind the play of goalie Megan Birkholz, who had 38 saves.
“Megan played well,’’ Larson said. “She kept us in the game, no question. When she is playing well, the team feeds off of that.’’
The loss dropped Senior High to 8-5-2.