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BOYS HOCKEY: Knights regroup, take road win

FARGO -- After taking a lead three different times during the first two periods Thursday night, the Grand Forks Central boys hockey team found itself down one entering the third period.

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FARGO -- After taking a lead three different times during the first two periods Thursday night, the Grand Forks Central boys hockey team found itself down one entering the third period.

With 17 minutes left, the Knights regrouped and eventually skated to a 6-4 win over Fargo Davies at Scheels Arena.

"We looked at it as a great opportunity for us to come together as a team," Central head coach Grant Paranica said. "We only have three seniors on the varsity this year, so we are a young team looking for leadership. We had two lines that played very well, and they were persistent. That was the difference for us."

Junior forward Nick Lund tied the game 4-4, 1 minute, 27 seconds into the third period. At 10:28, junior forward Boe Bjorge scored to give the No. 3-ranked Knights their fourth lead of the game and that one stuck.

"We shortened up our shifts in the third period and started winning some 1-on-1 battles," Paranica said. "We had a couple scoring opportunities that we didn't finish in the first two periods, but in the the third, that all started coming together."

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Grant Johnson also scored a goal for the Knights (2-1-0, 1-0-0 East) in the third period.

Central senior forward Skylar Belgarde scored a goal 19 seconds into the game, but Davies' Jake Boor answered with a goal later in the first.

Each time Central scored in the first two periods, Davies answered to tie it. With 2:05 left in the second period, the Eagles took a 4-3 lead when senior forward David Larson got a shot past Central goalie Kaleb Johnson.

Jay Buchholz and Hunter Lucas also scored goals in the second period for the Eagles (2-4-0, 1-3-0).

"We realized we could play with them," Davies head coach Brian Davidson said. "We have a lot of guys playing their first years of varsity hockey and it was just about them gaining the confidence that they could play with them from the start."

Central skated aggressively in the third period, and Davidson said some mistakes and costly turnovers hurt his squad.

"They have a lot of guys who can finish in space," Davidson said. "We'll get better and get after it in the next one."

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