The last time the West Fargo boys hockey program beat Grand Forks Central came in 2015 when the Packers downed the Knights 6-3 on Dec. 15 of that year.
West Fargo met up with Central again Tuesday night. But the Packers will still have to wait for a win against one of the top teams in North Dakota.
Central scored early and often, netting goals from Brendan White, Chase Spicer and Braden Panzer in the first period on 19 shots as the Knights took a 6-2 win at Purpur Arena in an East Region game.
White sniped his goal from the right faceoff circle to give the Knights a 1-0 lead early in the period. Panzer assisted Spicer before scoring his own goal unassisted to cap the period.
The Knights began the second period on uneven footing, landing in the penalty box twice within the first three minutes.
Two of the penalties came within 15 seconds of each other. But Central managed to kill the 1 minute, 46 seconds of West Fargo’s 5-on-3 advantage.
Panzer scored his second goal, unassisted, at 6:16 in the second and Wyatt Peterson capitalized off teammate Joey Kennelly to put the Knights up 5-0.
West Fargo answered in the third period with breakaway goals from Brayden Jacobson and Colten Bossert.
“In the third, we let it get away and stopped playing with urgency,” Grand Forks Central coach Grant Paranica said. “Playing 51 minutes is something we have to learn to do.”
However, Central’s Panzer, who came into the night as the state’s third-leading scorer, sealed the game with his first hat trick of the season with 2:31 remaining.
“He’s very consistent and has been a leader for us,” Paranica said. “There’s a reason he wears the ‘C.’ ”
West Fargo goalie Kolby Elseth tallied 52 saves in the loss as the Knights outshot the Packers 58-16.
The Knights are 6-1 overall and go on the road Friday to face Fargo Davies at Scheels Arena. West Fargo dropped to 1-7.
Central wrestlers win
Grand Forks Central had a dominant night on the mat, beating Fargo South 72-12 on Tuesday night.
Central improved to 3-3 in the Eastern Dakota Conference and 5-5 overall.
“We wrestled great tonight,” said Central coach Jeff Welsh. “Of the 12 matches that were contested, we won 10 of them all by pin. We wrestled aggressively, and that was reflected in the score.”
GFC wrestles at Fargo North on Saturday against Fargo North and Fargo Davies.
Riders finish strong
Grand Forks River put together a big second half by scoring 52 points in beating West Fargo 80-61 on Tuesday night in Eastern Dakota Conference girls basketball.
Jocelyn Schiller led the Riders with 21 points. She was one of four players in double figures. Alex Page added 19, Jasmine Sondrol 12 and Jade Azure 11.
West Fargo led 32-28 at the half.
Sheyenne downs Central girls
West Fargo Sheyenne downed Grand Forks Central 70-43 on Tuesday night in EDC girls basketball as the Mustangs had 10 players who scored points.
Haley Gereau scored 20 points to lead the Knights, who trailed 46-21 at the half.
Central boys upended
Mason Gravseth scored 21 points in Grand Forks Central’s 90-44 loss to West Fargo Sheyenne on Tuesday night in the Knights’ gym.
Gage Anderson led Sheyenne with 26 points.
Fargo North-South scored three goals in the first period en route to a 6-3 girls hockey win over Grand Forks on Tuesday night.
“We faced a very talented team tonight,” said Grand Forks coach Alex Hedlund. “We got down early, but we started to play simple hard nosed hockey and things started to go our way.
The KnightRiders’ Brina Seng scored her first career varsity goal.