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Moorhead scores late in third period to spark OT win over East Grand Forks

Gavin Lindberg scored with 1 minute, 16 seconds left in the third period and Colby Krier scored in overtime as the Spuds nipped East Grand Forks 2-1 at the Civic Center.

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Green Wave goalie Cole Quirk watches as teammate Grady Magner (18) clears the puck away from the East Grand Forks goal in the first period of Thursday's home hockey game against Moorhead. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

The East Grand Forks Senior High boys hockey team went to Warroad on Tuesday night and overcame a third-period deficit to win.

On Thursday night, Moorhead turned the tables on the Green Wave.

Gavin Lindberg scored with 1 minute, 16 seconds left in the third period and Colby Krier scored in overtime as the Spuds nipped East Grand Forks 2-1 at the Civic Center.

"We have a group of guys really learning on the fly," Moorhead coach Jon Ammerman said. "In terms of varsity experience, we have very little. Ultimately, we have guys learning quickly. A team like (EGF) -- tight checking and tough to play against -- we were on our heels. I thought as the game went, we got better. Part of that is it's a brand new experience every time we're out there. The guys are learning extremely fast and it's fun to watch."

East Grand Forks, ranked No. 4 in Minnesota Class A, was looking to beat Class AA Moorhead for the first time since a 4-1 win on Jan. 25, 2014.

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"We've got to find a way to win that hockey game," East Grand Forks coach Tyler Palmiscno said. "We held on and held on in that third period and weren't able to get anything going. I thought Moorhead did a great job in the third bottling us up. We had chances in the second and third to build separation, then we made a couple of mistakes."

East Grand Forks' Jaksen Panzer started the scoring at 1:21 of the second period when he scored his eighth of the year on a rebound in front.

Moorhead would call a timeout with 1:49 remaining to talk strategy.

But just as Ammerman signaled for his goalie to come off the ice, Lindberg scored through traffic before the extra attacker could join the play.

Then 1:10 into overtime, a Krier blast from the right faceoff dot beat a screened East Grand Forks goalie to give the Spuds the victory.

Moorhead goalie Will Kunka finished with 28 saves, while East Grand Forks' Cole Quirk made 13 stops.

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The Spuds improved to 2-3-1, while the Wave dropped to 3-5 with four of those losses to Grand Forks schools. East Grand Forks plays again Tuesday at Thief River Falls.

"I thought (Quirk) was solid, and we just need to find a way to score more than one 5-on-5 goal in a game," Palmiscno said.

Moorhead 2,

EGF Senior High 1, OT

Second period -- 1. EGF, Jaksen Panzer (Grady Magner, Trey Ausmus) 1:21

Third period -- 2. M, Gavin Lindberg (Aaron Reierson) 15:44

Overtime -- 3. M, Colby Krier (Ian Ness, Lindberg) 1:10

Goalie saves -- EGF: Cole Quirk 3-5-5-0 -- 13; M: Will Kunka 10-10-7-1 -- 28

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Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, tmiller@gfherald.com or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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