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Published February 20 2010

East Region boys hockey roundup: Central cruises into region championship

Seth Lang has to be the most bored individual at the East Region hockey tournament.

But the Grand Forks Central goaltender is probably loving it.

Grand Forks Central cruised into the title game of the region tournament behind their second straight shutout, rolling Grafton-Park River 8-0 in Friday’s semifinal at Urban Plains Center.

Lang has needed to make just 16 saves in the two games – combined.

“It’s good, solid team defense,” GFC coach Tony Bina said.

“We’re winning the one-on-one battles, and the forwards are getting back and helping. That’s been the big thing for us.”

The offense has been there, too.

Central has outscored its opponents 21-0 in the tournament’s first two games while outshooting the opposition 101-16.

To put the 16 shots allowed in two games into perspective, the Knights have rattled off at least that many shots in four of the six periods they have played.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, GFC, Nelson, 5:37.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, GFC, Johnson (Purpur), 6:59 (pp). 3, GFC, Johnson (Purpur, Simonson), 7:51. 4, GFC, Simonson (Purpur, LaDue), 8:37. 5, GFC, Gust (Sorlien), 12:11.

THIRD PERIOD: 6, GFC, Purpur (Aamot, Gust), 10:55. 7, GFC, Simonson (Zimmerman), 13:42. 8, GFC, Sorlien (Gust, Aamot), 15:24.

SAVES: GPR, Offutt 15-9-x–24, Suda x-x-16–16. GFC, Lang 2-5-3–10.

Devils Lake 3, Fargo North 1

Three unanswered goals kept Devils Lake’s season alive, as the Firebirds scored a 3-1 win over North in an elimination game on Friday.

North’s Sam Hawkins gave the Spartans a 1-0 lead after the first period, but goals from Tanner Hoffmeyer and Karson Kuntz in the second period put Devils Lake in the lead for good.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, FN, Hawkins (Simonson), 12:25.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, DL, Hoffmeyer (Aronson, Eriksson), 9:47. 3, DL, Ka. Kuntz (Goulding, Ky. Kuntz), 16:02.

THIRD PERIOD: 4, DL, Swenseth (A. Janzen, Ka. Kuntz), 5:05.

SAVES: DL, J. Janzen 5-8-2–15. FN, Schmit 10-5-11–26.

West Fargo 8, Fargo Shanley 2

Shanley scored first, but a four-goal second period gave West Fargo more than enough to keep the Packers’ state tournament hopes alive.

Dusty Munyer had two goals and two assists to lead the Packers to an 8-2 win in an elimination game at the East Region hockey tournament.

Matt Glogoza had both goals for the Deacons.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, FS, Glogoza, 3:28. 2, WF, Munyer (C. Jonasson, Sand), 6:42 (pp). 3, WF, Torrance (K. Shoman, Sand), 14:25.

SECOND PERIOD: 4, WF, Munyer (D. Jonasson, C. Jonasson), 4:23 (pp). 5, FS, Glogoza, 7:16 (pp). 6, WF, Torrance (K. Shoman, Borchardt), 8:31. 7, WF, D. Jonasson (Munyer, Sand), 13:13. 8, WF, C. Jonasson (Munyer, D. Jonasson), 15:22.

THIRD PERIOD: 9, WF, K. Shoman (Torrance, Johnson), 1:18. 10, WF, Ferguson (Schmid, Lautt), 12:48.

SAVES: FS, Stokke 16-12-15–43. WF, Hanson 2-5-x–7, Holland x-7-5–12.

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Kerry Collins at (701) 241-5548