Grand Forks Central’s shutout streak is over, but the Knights’ winning streak is alive and well.
Central allowed a goal in the third period of its fifth game but remained unbeaten with a 7-1 victory over Fargo South/Shanley at Purpur Arena.
The Knights have now outscored opponents 46-1 this year.
The Bruins’ Sebastien Zasada scored the first goal of the year against Central on a pinballing deflection from near the blue line at 11:03 of the third period during running time.
It was the first goal of the year surrendered by Central goalie Aaron Nielsen, who finished with 11 saves.
The Knights’ rout was delayed a bit by their standards. The first period was scoreless and shots were relatively even at 7-5 Central.
Nielsen, in fact, made the save of the period when he kicked out a shot from in close with five minutes left in the first period.
“We certainly weren’t happy with our first period,” Central coach Grant Paranica said. “We didn’t come out with much intensity. We didn’t shoot the puck very hard. It kind of showed we were in a dog fight for most of the first period. We addressed that in between periods, and I think we came out and played more like we’re capable of.”
Junior defenseman Tucker Hodgson scored his second goal of the year 25 seconds into the second period to start the scoring, while Braden Panzer scored his first career goal at 4:50 of the second.
Senior forward Cole Hanson took over from there. Hanson finished with a hat trick to elevate his season goal total to 14.
“Coach gave us a little talking to in between periods and we came out really hard in the second period,” Hanson said. “We proved we can be a really good team.”
Freshman Brenden White and Kyler Briske also scored for the Knights.
“I feel like we took them a little too lightly and that bit us in the first period,” Hanson said. “They were skating well in the first and skated with us. Aaron made some huge saves and kept us in it and we rolled in the second.”
South/Shanley goalie Zach Sandy finished with 29 saves.