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BOYS HOCKEY: Central skates to 2-0 victory over Fargo Davies

FARGO - Grand Forks Central may not have come away with the amount of goals one might think a team should have netted outshooting its opponent by a 2-to-1 ratio, but the Knights did enough on the offensive end to claim a win Thursday. Central ska...

 

FARGO – Grand Forks Central may not have come away with the amount of goals one might think a team should have netted outshooting its opponent by a 2-to-1 ratio, but the Knights did enough on the offensive end to claim a win Thursday.

Central skated to a 2-0 East Region boys hockey victory against Fargo Davies at Scheels Arena.

The Knights outshot the Eagles 39-18. However, thanks to the play of Davies’ junior goaltender Jordan Elliott, that dominance didn’t carry over to the scoreboard.

Central – ranked No. 2 in the latest coaches poll – took a 1-0 lead 6 minutes, 10 seconds into the game when senior forward Tarek Paranica took a centering pass in front of the net and got a shot past Elliott.

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By the time the teams skated off the ice for the first intermission, Central (12-3-1, 8-0-1 East Region) had outshot Davies 19-4 and led 1-0.

“We played very well in the first period, but we didn’t have a lot to show for it,” said Central head coach Grant Paranica, who is Tarek’s father. “Their goalie made a lot of great saves, and we had to fight for the win the rest of the way.”

Tarek Paranica entered the game tied for sixth on the state’s scoring leaderboard, and the goal was his 10th of the season.

“Before the game, we talked about coming out and playing quick,” said Tarek Paranica, who now has 24 points this season. “We came out flying, and that definitely helped us get some momentum early on.”

Elliott finished with 37 saves in the game for the Eagles (4-7-3, 3-5-2).

“Our guys count on him to be a wall back there,” Davies head coach Brian Davidson said. “He’s come to our rescue a lot, and it has been that way the whole season. He’s still learning, but he sees the ice very well and is a great resource for us.”

Just over three minutes into the second period, Davies went on the power play, but could not use the extra skater to its advantage. The Eagles committed a penalty of their own in the final seconds of the power play, allowing Central an opportunity to skate nearly two minutes with a man advantage.

The Knights cashed in, getting a power-play goal 5:33 into the second from sophomore forward Grant Johnson.

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“They were beating us to the puck early on,” Davidson said. “Every time the puck got in the neutral zone, they were able to control it, and that wore us down a little always being on our end.”

Central committed a penalty with a minute remaining in the third period, allowing Davies to play 6-on-4 after its net was emptied.

Central’s senior goaltender Taner Bender, who got some help down the stretch from his defenseman, made 18 saves and recorded his third shutout of the season.

“Even though Taner only faced 18 shots, he had to make some saves,” Grant Paranica said. “He was solid.”  

 

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