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Darian Brevik / Forum News Service, Published January 25 2014

East Grand Forks skates to win over Moorhead

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. – When the most recent Minnesota Class 1A boys hockey poll came out, East Grand Forks moved up a spot from third to second.

The Green Wave were able to back up that lofty ranking Saturday, beating Class 2A Moorhead 4-1 at the East Grand Forks Civic Center.

Brandon Loven started the scoring for the Green Wave at 6 minutes, 28 seconds of the first period off assists by Jace Pesch and Colton Poolman.

“It was just a good, hard-working play,” said Senior High coach Tyler Palmiscno. “We got off to kind of a slow start and that gave us a little jump. We made a good play coming out of our end and in the neutral zone … Brandon drove the net hard and was able to put the shot on goal.”

The Green Wave built a 2-0 lead on a power play goal by Poolman less than nine minutes later. Dixon Bowen put a shot on goal that Moorhead goalie Jacob Dittmer couldn’t cover, and Poolman capitalized on the rebound.

In the second, the Spuds got a goal back when Aaron Herdt fired a shot from near the blue line, beating Senior High goalie Josh Weber.

That would be the only goal Weber and the Wave defense would surrender.

“East Grand did a great job of taking away our time and space,” said Moorhead coach Jon Ammerman. “When we did have our opportunities, we missed the net. Credit them, it’s obviously something they do well and we just didn’t do much to counter it.”

East Grand Forks received some insurance late in the game on an empty-net goal by Bowen with 1:01 remaining in the game. Thirty seconds later, Pesch put a shot on net that beat Dittmer to round out the scoring.

“I thought our third period was our best period,” Palmiscno said. “We did a good job keeping them to the outside and not turning pucks over in the third. Having a lead going into the (third) period, it was a matter of clamping down and not creating offense for them.”

The Spuds generated only four shots on goal in the final period.

“We need to do a better job of creating offense,” said Ammerman. “From start to finish, we just didn’t do that tonight. For us to be successful we need to play a much more blue-collared game and just keep it simple … Obviously East Grand did a great job of not allowing us to do that.”

“It’s been a busy week and next week we’ve got three games in five days,” said Palmiscno, who’s team improved to 16-2-1. “We’re going to get a little rest here and we’ve got a big one Tuesday against Crookston.”

FIRST PERIOD: 1, EGF, Loven (Pesch, Poolman), 6:28. 2, EGF, Poolman (Bowen, Eades), 14:30.

SECOND PERIOD: 3, M, Herdt, 11:45.

THIRD PERIOD: 4, EGF, Bowen, 15:59. 5, EGF, Pesch (Loven), 16:28.

SAVES: M, Dittmer 27. EGF, Weber 15.

Brevik writes for the Grand Forks Herald