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East Grand Forks loses to Gentry Academy in rematch of last season's state semifinal game

Despite out-shooting the Stars in the second period, Gentry took goals from Shane Dean and Nathan Rickey and built a lead the Green Wave could not overcome.

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EAST GRAND FORKS — In a rematch from last season’s Minnesota Class A semifinals, East Grand Forks fell in a 5-2 loss to Gentry Academy on Saturday in the Civic Center.

Despite outshooting the Stars in the second period, Gentry took goals from Shane Dean and Nathan Rickey and built a lead the Green Wave could not overcome.

“I expected us to be really excited and come out with some energy and urgency, and I thought we had a very lackluster effort for 15 or so minutes,” Green Wave coach Tyler Palmiscno said after the game.

The Green Wave just ended a four-game losing skid to Thief River Falls heading into the matchup, and at 5-6 sat behind Warroad and Roseau in the Section 8A standings. Going up against a high-powered Gentry Academy, they faced another tough test.

Opening up the scoring was Ethan Joshi for the Stars. His marker came with 1:44 left in the period and moments after an EGF power play.

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Throughout the first period, the Green Wave made their physicality well known with thunderous hits on both ends of the ice. This was just one of the key factors that go into slowing down a quick-skating team like Gentry.

“I thought we did a pretty good job against their top line. It is a pretty highly skilled top line, but they got some good contributions throughout their lineup and we needed more from everybody,” said Palmiscno.

East Grand Forks came out for the second period with even more energy, but it was the Stars that were the only team adding to the scoresheet.

Dean finished a two-on-one opportunity off the rush and the senior defenseman Rickey rifled a shot past Chase Mero to boost the Gentry lead to 3-0. Even with those two goals, the Green Wave pushed the pace in the shot category, leading 19-15.

Opening the third on the power play, East Grand Forks could not convert for the third time. Then shortly after, Barrett Hall beat Mero clean to extend the Gentry lead to 4-0.

“Our power play wasn’t sharp but that was the same as every other aspect. Our game wasn’t sharp and wasn’t energetic and it's unfortunate,” Palmiscno said.

The Green Wave were finally able to get on the board with their fourth man advantage of the game. Brock Schultz capitalized on a rebound from a Jaksen Panzer shot. Panzer and Schultz would connect again with five minutes left, assisting on a Caleb Schmiedeberg goal.

“We needed more from that top line in the first two periods. It was good that they made some plays at the end, but we needed more and we needed more from everybody,” Palmiscno said.

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Down by two at this point, the Green Wave ran out of time to even the score. Wes Berg supplied the empty-net goal to secure the win for the Stars.

“If we don’t out-work and out-compete our opponent we’re not going to have much success,” said Palmiscno. “It’s something we’ve talked about and if we don’t do it we’re not going to win very many hockey games.”

EGF dropped to 5-7 on the year and will have some more highly competitive matchups down the road. Following a trip to Moorhead, the Green Wave will host Fargo Davies on Jan. 13 and then Roseau Jan. 18.

Gentry Academy 5,

East Grand Forks 2

First Period — 1-0 GA: Ethan Joshi (Shane Dean)
Second Period — 2-0 GA: Shane Dean (Will Parkinson), 3-0 GA: Nathan Rickey
Third Period — 4-0 GA: Barrett Hall PP (Rickey), 4-1 EGF: Brock Schultz PP(Grady Magner, Jaksen Panzer), 4-2 EGF: Caleb Schmiedeberg (Panzer, Schultz), 5-2 GA: Wes Berg ENG (Rickey)

Goalie saves — EGF: Chase Mero 19 saves, GA: Finn Wilson 27 saves

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