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Chris Murphy, Published December 04 2012

Uglem twins lead Spuds past Bruins

FARGO – Moorhead twins Nick and Tony Uglem are similar in almost every aspect, so Tuesday’s box score shouldn’t come as a surprise.

The Uglems each notched four points to lead the Spuds over Fargo South-Shanley 11-0 at Scheels Arena in boys hockey.

Even in answering questions, the Uglem twins are exactly alike.

“Three or four times,” both Uglems said simultaneously when asked how many times they’ve had the same amount of points in a hockey game.

“It definitely doesn’t happen that often,” Tony added.

The Uglem twins were just a fraction of the box score, as eight different Moorhead (2-1) skaters found the back of the net, and 12 different Spuds tallied points.

“We did spread it around pretty well,” Moorhead coach Peter Cullen said. “We are an unselfish team. We’re a team that wants to work for each other and not just for the glory of one goal. Guys with a blocked shot may not get on the scorecard, but he gets a heck of a lot of praise when he gets on the bench.”

Moorhead came out firing, putting 20 shots on goal – five of which found the back of the net – in the first period to all but end things pretty early. The Spuds scored five goals from five different players and had nine guys pick up at least one point in the first period.

Leif Johnson scored 55 seconds into the game thanks to an assist from Alex Mehnert. Thomas Carey found the back of the net less than five minutes later off passes from Mehnert and Will Borgen. Aaron Herdt, Nick Uglem and Nick Paulson rounded out the first-period goals for Moorhead.

“Coach has been harping on us since the beginning of the season to get out there and start fast,” Nick Uglem said. “We were focused on getting Fargo South on their heels, and it really just helped our flow of the game.”

The second period was much of the same, as Moorhead added 20 more shots and five more goals. Grant Weiss and Tony Uglem joined the scoring in the second period, becoming the sixth and seventh Spuds to score, while Nick Uglem notched a hat trick with two goals and Carey added another to put the Spuds up 10-0 after two periods.

“No one gets selfish,” Tony Uglem said. “We always try to move it around and look for the pass first.

John O’Connor became the eighth and final Spuds player to net a goal, capping the scoring with a goal in the third period.

“We got to forget this one really fast because we got a big one coming up Friday with (Fargo) North,” said South coach Wade Storey after his team fell to 1-2 overall on the season. “We have to keep things simple and work a lot harder. We need to control the things we can control. Not much more you can do than that.”

FIRST PERIOD: 1. M, Johnson (Mehnert), 0:55. 2. M, Carey (Mehnert, Borgen), pp, 5:51. 3. M, Herdt (Borgen, Johnson), 8:52. 4. M, N. Uglem (A. Uglem, Barker) 14:01. 5. M, Paulson (Carey) 15:29.

SECOND PERIOD: 6. M, Weiss (N. Uglem), 1:30. 7. M, N. Uglem (A. Uglem), 6:20. 8. M, N. Uglem (A. Uglem), 13:56. 9. M, A. Uglem, 14:29. 10. M, Carey (Skjefte), 15:39.

THIRD PERIOD: M, O’Connor, 11:36.

SAVES: M, Dittmer 5-1-0 6 saves. F, Salentine 15-7-x 22 saves. F, Kostka x-x-6 6 saves.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Chris Murphy at (701) 241-5548