PREP HOCKEY: No. 5 Green Wave roll past No. 3 Alexandria
East Grand Forks Senior High had scored more than six goals in three of its first eight games this season.
On Saturday, the Green Wave had six in the second period alone.
In a matchup of two of the top-ranked teams in Minnesota Class A boys hockey, No. 5 Senior High rolled to a 7-1 win over No. 3 Alexandria at the East Grand Forks Civic Center.
A dominant second period was the impetus as the Wave rolled past a veteran Alexandria team that was runner-up in last season’s state tournament. The second period was Senior High’s largest one-period outburst of the season.
“We came out hard,’’ said Jake Hjelle, who had his second two-goal game of the season and added two assists. “We have the hard workers and talent to do that against any team. It’s still early in the season. But that was a good sign.’’
The Wave broke a 1-1 tie when Brody Schultz took a pass from Mason Poolman on a 2-on-1 and finished from close range 4:15 into the second. Hjelle and Tanner Mack followed with quick goals as Senior High scored three in an 84-second span to go ahead 4-1 at the 5:39 mark.
Hjelle added a second goal and Brandon Anderson and Landon Parker also had goals in the period. Alexandria didn’t get a shot on goal in the period until just 5:30 remained.
“That second period was probably our best of the year,’’ Senior High coach Tyler Palmiscno said. “When we’re playing like that it can be contagious from one line to the next.
“We did a good job of keeping the puck 200 feet from their net. And Tucker (Brown) made some good saves.’’
Brown didn’t have many opportunities. He finished with nine saves -- none of those in the third period. Senior High had 33 shots on goal.
“I thought we played well,’’ said Palmiscno, whose team received goals from three lines in the second period. “We were first to the pucks. We made plays.’’
Alexandria had taken a 1-0 lead on a Jack Westlund goal at 7:44 of the first, but Trey Ausmus tied the game just 18 seconds later.
“Not to make excuses, but this was our third game of the week and we were coming off emotional games against St. Cloud Cathedral and St. Cloud,’’ Cardinals coach Ian Resch said. “We came out flat. We weren’t good defensively.
“We never got into a rhythm and they came at us hard. They won the races and controlled the puck.’’
Senior High improved to 8-1-0 while dropping Alexandria to 4-2-1.