BOYS HOCKEY: Central holds off Proctor in Stadstad Classic
Grand Forks Central is the only local team that hasn't won a Herald Jason Stadstad Hockey Classic title. Going into the final day of the 2013 edition, the Knights still have a shot. Thanks to Christian Seng's game-winning goal with 4:05 left in t...
Grand Forks Central is the only local team that hasn't won a Herald Jason Stadstad Hockey Classic title.
Going into the final day of the 2013 edition, the Knights still have a shot.
Thanks to Christian Seng's game-winning goal with 4:05 left in the third period, Central topped Proctor 3-2 on Friday night and stayed undefeated in the round-robin tournament.
There's a three-way tie at the top of the tournament standings with Fargo Davies, Grand Forks Red River and Central all posting unbeaten records. The tiebreaker is goal differential, where Davies holds a slight advantage with a plus-five mark. Red River is plus-four and Central is plus-three.
Davies takes on Shakopee at 12:45 p.m. today, followed by Central-Bismarck at 3 p.m. and Red River-Proctor at 5:30 p.m.
The Knights controlled much of the game against the Rails territorially, but had to survive a 6-on-3 for the final 50 seconds in order to hang on for the victory.
Proctor forward Josh Ernst thought he scored the game-tying goal on a rebound, but the puck crossed the line about a half-second after the buzzer sounded and the officials waved it off immediately.
"I thought we played a lot better today than we did yesterday," Central coach Grant Paranica said. "That was the team that I recognize. I thought yesterday we were a little off. I thought Proctor was a pretty sticky team, too. They just kind of hung in there, hung in there and made plays when they had to in order to keep themselves in the game. We were happy that we were able to pull it out."
Late in the third period, Seng got the puck behind the net and fooled goalie Matt Johnson into thinking he was going to wrap it with his forehand on the far side of the net. Johnson moved to his left and Seng kept it on the backhand side and was able to slide it in before Johnson recovered.
It was Seng's first goal of the season and his second as a varsity player.
"That line was particularly playing well today," "They had a lot of opportunities. There were a lot of 'almosts' for them. They finally connected on one. It was good to see Christian get that goal."
The teams traded goals in the opening two periods.
Tanner Corbett scored on a great rush up the left wing to put the Knights up 1-0 at 11:43 of the first. The Rails responded when Jake Malec snapped a wrister inside the post from the left circle at 16:29.
The Knights took a 2-1 lead when a Collin Caulfield shot went off of Cole Kirchoffner at 1:15 of the second, but the Rails tied it when Christian Ripley's shot hit the mask of Central goalie Jake Young, popped in the air and rolled across the goal line at 12:55.
After that, Paranica pulled Young for starter Taner Bender, who made 10 saves and shut down the Rails.
The Knights will likely need to up the offense in today's game in order to win the tournament, which is named after a former Central player.
"That's an added bonus," Paranica said. "That's something you want to do when you play in this tournament."