Kara Ellis and Aleah Hangsleben had combined to score one goal in East Grand Forks Senior High's first 11 games.
On Thursday, each scored a goal in a 61-second span. That third-period outburst lifted the Green Wave to a 2-1 girls high school hockey win over visiting Thief River Falls.
"We've been talking about needing other girls to step up, that we can't rely on the same few people scoring all the time,'' Wave coach Brian Larson said. "It was nice to see two girls without many points step up and score.''
Ellis, an eighth-grader, scored her second goal of the season to tie the score at 1-1 with 3:36 remaining. Trinity D'Heilly recovered a loose puck in the neutral zone and pushed up the ice. She wound up feeding Ellis on a 2-on-1 for a 1-1 tie with 3:36 left.
On a similar play, Hangsleben came up with a loose puck in the neutral zone near the boards. The freshman passed to Madison McDonald, took a return pass and scored her first goal from close range for the game-winner with 2:35 left.
"We ended up with 2-on-1 breaks,'' Larson said. "We work on that a lot in practice. Obviously, it paid off. But you never know.''
Said TRF coach Brett Johnson: "Crucial mistakes. We turned the puck over. It's a learning experience.''
The back-to-back goals ended a defensive struggle.
Green Wave goalie Megan Birkholz finished with 30 saves. Prowlers goalie Gabby Steele had 24 stops.
"I thought we played well defensively,'' Johnson said. "We kept most of their shots on the outside. We controlled the rebounds well.''
The Prowlers had taken a 1-0 lead at the 13:21 mark in the second. In a scramble for the puck around the net, Kia McGlynn tapped in a close-range rebound from the side of the net for her third goal of the season.
Late in the third period, Larson sensed that 1-0 lead might hold for the Prowlers.
"To be honest, I didn't see us scoring and winning at that point,'' Larson said. "Their (Prowlers') defense was doing a great job. We didn't have a lot of good scoring opportunities.
"But this group keeps working. Somehow, they find ways to win.''
Senior High improved to 8-3-1 while the Prowlers dropped to 10-3-0.