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BOYS HOCKEY: EGF Senior High tops Red River 5-1

Two streaks were halted on one shot Thursday night at Purpur Arena. In the end, however, East Grand Forks Senior High kept alive its biggest streak. The unbeaten Green Wave won their fourth straight boys hockey game, topping Grand Forks Red River...

East Grand Forks' Jace Pesch celebrates teammates Colton Poolman first period goal
East Grand Forks' Jace Pesch celebrates teammates Colton Poolman first period goal in EGF's win Thursday over Grand Forks Red River Thursday night in Grand Forks.JOHN STENNES/GRAND FORKS HERALD

Two streaks were halted on one shot Thursday night at Purpur Arena.

In the end, however, East Grand Forks Senior High kept alive its biggest streak. The unbeaten Green Wave won their fourth straight boys hockey game, topping Grand Forks Red River 5-1.

Five players scored goals for the Wave. Tanner Mundahl had Red River's score. His shot from the point with seven minutes remaining in the game was the first goal of the season for the 0-2 Roughriders, ending a streak of five scoreless periods. And it was the first goal allowed by Senior High.

"We knew (the shutout streak) was going to end sooner or later,'' Senior High coach Tyler Palmiscno. "But the kids do take a lot of pride in their defense, not giving up shots on goal. All of our defensemen are very good high school defenders.''

Goalie Josh Weber had 10 saves, marking the fourth game in which Senior High has allowed 12 or fewer shots on goal.

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The Wave defensemen also were offensive. They scored three goals.

Taylor Brierley got the first, picking up the puck and shooting it from the right faceoff circle for a 1-0 lead with 6:29 left in the first.

Fellow defenseman Colton Poolman made it 2-0 in the second on a shot from the left side in front of the blue line. And Trevor Selk wrapped up Senior High scoring with a goal in a 4-on-4 situation in the third.

"You don't expect that,'' Palmiscno said of the three goals from defensemen. "Their first responsibility is moving the puck up the ice. But it is something we've been working to add. They made nice plays.''

Brandon Loven and Tanner Tweten also had goals for Senior High.

The Wave led 5-0 when Mundahl broke the Red River scoring drought.

"You know they can do it,'' Roughriders coach Bill Chase said of the score. "To get one, you get some confidence and hope you can build on it.''

But Red River did achieve something on offense no other opponent has with its goal against the Wave. "They're quick. They're fast. They're strong,'' Chase said. "They just deny you scoring opportunities.''

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The win also extended Senior High's winning streak to eight against Grand Forks teams Central and Red River. The Wave were 3-0 against each of them last season and beat Central earlier this season.

"I think that's pretty unusual,'' Chase said of the long intracity winning streak. "But they're very good.''

Grant Loven (29) of East Grand Forks Green Wave picks up a loose puck
Grant Loven (29) of East Grand Forks Green Wave picks up a loose puck in front of Logan Montgomery (left), Grant Caulfield (9) and Jordan Lunski (22) of Grand Forks Red River in EGF's win Thursday night at Purpur Arena in Grand Forks.JOHN STENNES/GRAND FORSK HERALD

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