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Greg DeVillers / Forum News Service, Published January 14 2014

Galstad, Green Wave hold Moorhead scoreless in girls hockey

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. – With an offense that averages 5.8 goals a game, Madi Galstad can be overshadowed while in goal for East Grand Forks.

The stingy goaltender showed her value Tuesday, however, as East Grand blanked visiting Moorhead 5-0 in Minnesota girls hockey. Galstad had 24 saves in registering her fifth shutout of the season for the 18-1-0 Green Wave.

“We’ve put up some pretty big offensive numbers in a lot of games,” East Grand Forks coach Jim Scanlan said. “People tend to look at those things more (than defense). But Madi has been outstanding in every game.”

Galstad, who entered the game with a 1.14 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage, was sharpest early. With the game still scoreless in the first period, the senior had four saves, most from close range, when the Spuds were in a power play, and she later turned back a shot in a one-on-one situation to keep the score 0-0.

“Madi was really good when she had to be,” Scanlan said. “She made some key saves, especially in the first period.

“Her numbers are better than good. We’ve never seen numbers like that from a goalie here. She’s a fourth-year starter and this is easily her best year.”

Riley Koberinski gave East Grand Forks some breathing room.

She took a long pass from Haley Mack and skated in for a score at the 14:03 mark of the first period. Then, 1:52 into the second period, Koberinski scored from close range with five seconds left in a power play. It was the junior’s seventh two-goal game of the season.

“We know Moorhead’s goalie (Brianna Storms) is good,” Scanlan said. “And she looked like she was locked in tonight. But that first goal sort of relaxed our girls.”

East Grand Forks got goals from three-lines in the second when CoCo Piche and Leah Pesch scored goals within 14 seconds late in the period. Courtney Nelson capped the scoring with 12 seconds left in the game.

Storms finished with 40 saves. But Moorhead coach Kaylee Black said, Galstad was the key factor.

“She was making saves that we weren’t,” Black said. “She was making third and fourth stops when we were getting rebound chances. We couldn’t find the back of the net.

“We’re in a rebuilding situation this year, playing a lot of kids. We’ve done enough (offensively) to compete, but not enough to win consistently.”

FIRST PERIOD: 1, EGF, Koberinski (H. Mack) 14:03.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, EGF, Koberinski (H. Mack, L. Mack) 1:52. 3, EGF, Piche 14:28. 4, EGF, Pesch (Larson) 14:42.

THIRD PERIOD: 5, EGF, C. Nelson (K. Nelson, Piche) 16:48.

SAVES: M, Storms 15-12-13–40. EGF, Galstad 11-10-3–24.

DeVillers writes for the Grand Forks Herald