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Published January 05 2011

West Fargo scores quick in boys hockey win against Fargo Davies

Fans attending a West Fargo boys hockey game this season should get to their seats early.

Conor Jonasson and Dusty Munyer each scored in the first 10 seconds of a period to help the Packers to sole possession of first place in the Eastern Dakota Conference with a 5-1 victory against Fargo Davies on Tuesday night at Scheels Arena.

“The four points tonight was huge for us,” West Fargo co-head coach Tim Capouch said. “… I told these guys that if we didn’t get this we would be under .500. So we just have to go out there and work.”

Nobody worked harder than Jonasson, who put the Packers ahead 4-0 with a goal seven seconds into the second period. Capouch said the goal is likely the quickest to open a period in school history.

Jonasson, who entered the game with 13 goals and 10 assists, played a role in each of West Fargo’s goals.

The junior forward finished with three goals and two assists to lead the Packers.

“Conor is Conor,” Capouch said. “I think he’s got one of the best shots in the state.”

The Packers wasted little time setting the tone.

Munyer scored 10 seconds into the game to give West Fargo a 1-0 lead.

Then mistakes piled up for the Eagles, and the Packers kept their momentum by crashing the net.

Jonasson made the score 2-0 with West Fargo on a two-man advantage power-play at 3:10 of the first.

A power-play goal by Jeremy Johnson put the Packers ahead 3-0.

“I think they can play with anyone,” Davies coach Brian Davidson said of the Packers. “Their top six forwards and a couple defensemen are as good as anyone.”

West Fargo was crisp and Davies was on its heels for much of the first.

And when the Eagles ramped up the pressure, West Fargo senior goaltender Josh Hanson shut the door.

Hanson was starting in place of injured senior standout Cam Holland, who aggravated a shoulder injury in practice on Monday.

Holland, who is 5-2-1 with a 2.37 goals against average, watched the game from the bench with his arm in a sling.

Hanson stopped 12 shots in the first and finished with 28 saves.

Davies cut the lead to 4-1 with a power-play goal by Grant Birmingham at 12:38 of the second period.

Eagles sophomore goaltender Tucker Windels had 30 saves.

“We have to stay out of the penalty box. I think that hurt us tonight,” Davidson said. “And just the consistency has got to be there. I think we lack that at times. I think that we can gain that as we get a little bit older. I think that is going to come around, too.”

FIRST PERIOD: 1, WF, Munyer (Jonasson, Guidinger), 0:10. 2, WF, Jonasson (Johnson, Tendeland), 3:10 (pp). 3, WF, Johnson (Tendeland, Jonasson), 9:45 (pp).

SECOND PERIOD: 4, WF, Jonasson (Schmid, Tendeland), 0:07. 5, FD, Birmingham (Swangler, Groth), 12:38 (pp)

THIRD PERIOD: 6, WF, Jonasson (Schmid), 14:04.

SAVES: WF, Hanson 12-10-6—28. FD, Windels 9-8-13—30.


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