The long travel from Roseau to East Grand Forks can be a challenge for a high school hockey team, especially in the opening minutes of the first period.
That was far from the case Friday night for the Rams’ Huglen brothers.
Sophomore Paul Huglen scored two first-period goals on feeds from junior Aaron Huglen as Roseau picked up a 4-2 win over East Grand Forks at the Civic Center.
By the time Roseau built a 2-0 lead midway through the first period, East Grand Forks had yet to register a shot on goal.
“I thought our top line really executed on the first two goals,” Roseau coach Andy Lundbohm said. “I feel like maybe we caught them a little flat-footed and took advantage. Sometimes you come out hard like that and don’t bury your chances but we had good execution on those first two.”
Paul scored at 5 minutes, 39 seconds of the first period and again at 7:57 of the opening frame.
Paul pushed his season goal total to 12, while Aaron -- a University of Minnesota commitment who is eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft -- moved his assist total to 32.
On both goals, Aaron drew heavy attention from the Wave defenders and Paul was the beneficiary.
“They know about Aaron, so it’s nice when Paul can sneak in there,” Lundbohm said. “When we were struggling, they weren’t connecting. They were doing some of the same things in the corners but no one was getting to scoring areas. It was nice to see Paul get to that scoring spot and Aaron finding him like that.”
The Green Wave briefly cut the lead to one when Mason Poolman scored his sixth of the season on a quick tic-tac-toe play from Landon Parker and Ethan Trebil. Poolman’s goal came at 11:55 of the second period.
Roseau didn’t waste much time responding. The Rams bumped the cushion back to two goals when Josh Olson delivered on the power play on a tip of a Tal Halliday shot at 15:51 of the second.
“I thought we played a pretty good game for the most part, only giving up 18 shots to a good team,” East Grand Forks coach Tyler Palmiscno said. “You make small mistakes against a line like that and it ends up in the back of the net. We’re having trouble scoring right now and it has been that way for a couple of weeks. We just have to work through it as players and coaches. We have to work through it and find ourselves on the right side of this.”
The Rams and the Wave traded goals 12 seconds apart in the third period. Roseau freshman Hanson O’Leary scored at 10:35 of the third to make it 4-1, while Parker countered at 10:47 for a 4-2 score.
The Rams, who beat East Grand Forks 3-2 in Roseau earlier this season, improved to 16-4-2 and remained unbeaten in their last five games.
The Green Wave -- the No. 6 team in Minnesota Class A -- dropped to 16-7.