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Tom Miller / Forum News Service, Published December 26 2013

Fargo Davies hangs on for boys hockey win at Stadstad Classic

GRAND FORKS – Proctor boys hockey coach Steve Rodberg saw a slow start coming Thursday.

“Our warmups were terrible,” he said. “We didn’t show up to play.”

And by the time the Rails did, the damage had already been done.

Fargo Davies jumped Proctor for four goals in the first period and hung on for a 5-4 victory on the first day of the Grand Forks Herald Jason Stadstad Hockey Classic at Purpur Arena.

Alek Groth scored twice, while Aidan Hartness and Bryan Pallen also had a goal as Davies built a 4-2 lead at the first intermission.

“We were moving our feet. That was the biggest thing,” Davies coach Brian Davidson said. “There was maybe a little bit of bus jetlag on their part, too.”

Proctor made the 250-mile trip to Grand Forks on Thursday, yet Rodberg said his team won’t use that as an excuse.

“They’re young high school kids, so they should be ready all the time,” he said. “We have to show up and play.”

Thanks to a pair of goals from Shane Gould, though, Proctor was never out of it. When Josh Ernst scored midway through the second period, the Rails cut the Eagles lead to 5-4.

Ernst scored on the man advantage, the only power-play goal in nine chances for Proctor. Davies took nine penalties to Proctor’s two.

“We took too many penalties,” Davidson said. “You give any team that many opportunities, and they’re going to cash in eventually. We have to fix that.”

The Eagles took seven penalties in the second period, with three of those going to Aidan Hartness (two tripping and one slashing).

Despite the lack of power-play production, Proctor was able to turn a pair of three-goal deficits into a one-goal game. But the Rails couldn’t muster many opportunities to tie the game in the third period.

Davies goalie Alex Kruger finished with 21 saves, including 13 in the penalty-filled middle period.

The Eagles, who improved to 8-1, got out of sync in the second period when they were forced to roll out the special teams, Davidson said.

“When you get out of sequence, you leave your comfort zone,” Davidson said. “We’re pretty good when we can roll all of our lines.”

FIRST PERIOD: 1, FD, Groth (Bischof, Boor) 1:19. 2, FD, A. Hartness (T. Hartness, Pallen) 6:38. 3, P, Gould (Ernst) 11:29. 4, FD, Groth (Bischof) 11:39. 5, FD, Pallen (A. Hartness, T. Hartness) 13:07. 6, P, Ripley 13:13.

SECOND PERIOD: 7, FD, Boor (Groth, Bischof) 1:02. 8, P, Gould (Dahlgren) 2:26. 9, P, Ernst (Ripley, Hella) 8:09.

THIRD PERIOD: No scoring.

SAVES: FD, Kruger 4-13-4–21. P, Haedrich 12-5-4–21.

Miller writes for the Grand Forks Herald