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Chris Murphy, Published December 03 2013

Ammerman gets first win as Spuds head coach over Fargo South-Shanley

MOORHEAD – It couldn’t have gone much better for Moorhead boys hockey coach Jon Ammerman on Tuesday.

The Spuds won 8-0 with 13 different players notching points, and he got his first win at the helm of what he called his dream job. The fact it was against metro rival Fargo South-Shanley was just icing on the victorious cake.

“Give credit to Fargo (South-Shanley),” Ammerman said. “They came in and played pretty dang well in the first period. They had us on our heels. We regrouped, and we saw guys step up as leaders today, which was cool. Hopefully this is the first of many wins.”

Ammerman wouldn’t be a varsity coach if he didn’t find things that needed fixing, even in an 8-0 win. He’ll enjoy Tuesday’s win in a few years.

“It’s one of those things that maybe in a few years it’ll mean a lot more,” Ammerman said. “Right now, we’re already thinking about our next one on Thursday with Bemidji. They are a team we hopefully will be competing with at sections. It’s an important one.”

Ammerman tasted victory Tuesday thanks to the entire Moorhead (1-1) squad feeding one another and putting the puck in the net. The Spuds had six different players score goals.

The Spuds may have been happy with the result, but they were anything but pleased after the first period went scoreless with them only leading the shot total 8-6.

“After the first period, we were pretty disappointed,” said Moorhead forward Grant Weiss, who finished with a goal and an assist. “We didn’t play our style or our game. We came in the locker room and talked about how we needed to play our game and play tough, and we did that in the second period.”

Moorhead wasted no time in the second period, as Alex Schmidt opened the scoring 1 minute, 32 seconds into the period to put the Spuds up 1-0. Less than two minutes later, Weiss found the back of the net to make it 2-0. Exactly four minutes after Weiss made it 2-0, Aaron Herdt made it 3-0 on one of his two goals on the night.

“We didn’t prepare well in the first period and it showed,” said Herdt, who added an assist. “We stepped up and put our foot on the gas pedal.”

Moorhead certainly didn’t slow down for Fargo South-Shanley (1-1), as Justin Keller added a power-play goal 11 seconds after Herdt scored, and Trey Greene netted another power-play goal five minutes later. Greene and Herdt each added another goal in the third, as did Jacob Odegard for the Spuds.

“It’ll be a memorable win for (Ammerman),” Herdt said. “It’s a border battle. South gets pumped up to play us, as we do them. It’s good for him. He’s going to have many more to come.”

The Spuds were more than happy to help one of their own.

“He played here and he’s a Spud,” Weiss said. “He knows what it’s like. We’re happy to get his first win under the belt for him. We know we have a pretty good team here, so we’ll go out and get more.”

FIRST PERIOD: No scoring.

SECOND PERIOD: 1, M, Schmidt (Masseth, Gilmour), 1:32. 2, M, Weiss (Borgen, Herdt), 3:10, (pp). 3, M, Herdt (Johnson), 7:10. 4, M, Keller (Erickson), 7:21, (pp). 6, M, Green (Mehnert), 12:47, (pp).

THIRD PERIOD: 6, M, Odegard, 4:16. 7, M, Herdt (Borgen, Holtgrewe), 5:02. 8, M, Greene (Weiss, Odegard), 14:20.

SAVES: F, Salentine 8-14-8–30. M, Dittmer 6-5-5–16

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