Tom Mix, Published January 02 2014
Grand Forks Red River earns East Region boys hockey win over Fargo Davies
A panel of glass broke on Davies’ end during warmups prior to its East Region game against Grand Forks Red River.
The mishap led to a minor delay and two hours later, the Eagles skated off the ice at Scheels Arena after losing a 3-1 contest to the Roughriders.
“(Red River had some timely goals,” Davies head coach Brian Davidson said. “They outworked us.”
The loss is just the second of the season for the Eagles (10-2-0, 6-2-0 East Region). Davies entered the game with a nine-point lead in the standings over Red River, which has played two fewer conference games than the Eagles.
Simply put, the three points at stake Thursday were a big deal for both squads.
“This is the biggest win of the season for us so far,” said Red River junior forward Logan Montgomery, who scored a power-play goal in the third period.
Red River (7-4-0, 4-2-0) lost 5-0 against Davies to open the season. Since a 2-1 loss to Grand Forks Central on Dec. 19, the Roughriders have won four straight games.
“Starting the year with a 5-0 loss is not how you want it to go,” Montgomery said. “To come down here and outplay them is a huge win for our team.”
Red River jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when sophomore forward Jacob Knecht got a shot past Davies senior goaltender Alex Kruger.
Davies tied the game when junior forward Tristan Hartness scored 5 minutes, 55 seconds into the second period.
The game-winning goal was scored by Red River senior forward Micah Kwiatkoski with 3:48 left in the second period.
“It is hard to come down here and play Davies,” Red River head coach Bill Chase said. “They are a big physical team. We are fortunate to come away with the win. The guys really went after it and crashed the boards with them. They brought some adrenaline with them and I thought that definitely helped us.”
Red River senior goaltender Aaron Sauve collected 17 saves for the Roughriders. Kruger posted 30 saves for the Eagles.
FIRST PERIOD: 1, GFRR, Jacob Knecht, (Knutz), 3:47.
SECOND PERIOD: 2, FD, T. Harness, (Pallen, A. Hartness), 5:55. 3, GFRR, Kwiatkoski, 13:12.
THIRD PERIOD: 4, GFRR, Mongomery, (Kratochvil, Lunski), 7:14 (pp).
SAVES: GFRR, Sauve 6-7-4–17. FD, Kruger, 13-6-11–30.
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