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Chris Murphy, Published December 10 2013

Roseau shuts out Moorhead in boys hockey

MOORHEAD – To call any boys hockey matchup between Moorhead and Roseau a playoff preview is almost downright dishonest. Considering 23 of the last 24 section championships have gone to one of the two schools, it’s more like a playoff guarantee.

“Both hockey communities have a lot of investment in the programs and it shows,” Moorhead coach Jon Ammerman said. “Both programs spend a lot of time developing and the finished product is out there on the ice.”

Recent history has gone to Moorhead, as the Spuds had won 11 of the last 14 matchups and seven straight against Roseau. The Rams changed the recent trend with a 3-0 win Tuesday.

Moorhead got a history lesson Tuesday: History means nothing in a rivalry game.

“In the end, a rivalry game is a toss-up,” Ammerman said. “Tonight, we wish it could have been better, but they came to play. From start to finish, they were just a better team tonight.”

Roseau (3-3) came out firing, outshooting Moorhead 13-5 in the first period. Five seconds after killing the first of six scoreless Spuds' power plays, Roseau center Alex Strand stole the puck just outside the blue line and was all alone for a breakaway goal, his eighth of the season, to open the scoring late in the first.

Moorhead (3-2) picked up simultaneous penalties with 3:01 left in the first period to put Roseau on a 5-on-3 advantage. The Rams capitalized, scoring a minute later when Brady Castle slammed home a rebound on a Strand shot.

“They competed more than us,” said Moorhead goalie Jacob Dittmer, who finished with 31 saves. “They were getting dirtier, winning battles, hitting us more and they were getting pucks to the net and crashing the net. They were making it tough for me and my defensive players.”

A check from behind early in the second put Moorhead on the power play for five minutes. Two more penalties during the five-minute major made it a 5-on-3 Spuds advantage for 2:38 of the five minutes. The Spuds got no goals and few shots anywhere near the net, eventually going 0-for-6 on the power play.

“They were just the better team,” Ammerman said. “You could tell by their will to win. They had some of their top players out there diving for pucks and outmuscling our guys. It’s tough to win when you’re getting outworked in your own arena.”

Moorhead was 11 seconds from killing a penalty to open the third period before being called for another penalty. Dylan Mielke made the Spuds pay, stuffing home his own rebound less than three minutes into the third to give Roseau a 3-0 cushion.

The good news for Moorhead is they will see Roseau again.

“We don’t think they’re a more skilled team than us,” Ammerman said. “We just think that today they had more will to win. The good thing is there’s a tomorrow. It’s December and we have a lot to work on. The disappointing thing is that we thought this was going to be a game where we could gage where we were at.”

FIRST PERIOD: 1, R, Strand, 12:46. 2, R, Castle (Strand, Yon), 15:18, (pp).

SECOND PERIOD: No scoring.

THIRD PERIOD: 3, R, Mielke (Castle, Krahn), 2:38, (pp).

SAVES: R, Anderson 5-13-9–27. M, Dittmer 11-8-12–31

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