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Forum staff reports, Published February 06 2014

Davies nets a boys hockey victory over Grafton-Park River

FARGO – Fargo Davies may have fell behind early, but the Eagles came out firing Thursday.

The barrage of shots Davies unleashed at the Grafton-Park River net eventually allowed the Eagles to even up with the Spoilers, and ultimately led to a 3-2 East Region boys hockey win at Scheels Arena.

“We battled as hard as possible,” Davies junior forward Tristan Hartness said. “We wanted to show the state that we can still play especially after the loss against Grand Forks Central (on Tuesday).”

The victory catapulted the Eagles (15-5-0, 9-4-0 East Region) into a second-place tie with the Spoilers in the region standings.

“They all have been important for the last week or two,” Davies head coach Brian Davidson said. “It was no different (Thursday). It was a big three points for us and puts us back in the mix.

The Spoilers (13-6-1, 9-4-0) grabbed a 1-0 lead when senior forward Jade Miller scored 2 minutes, 56 seconds into the game on a power play.

Davies responded by putting a flurry of attempts on goal, but nothing got past Grafton-PR’s Zach Nelson until Hartness got one past the senior goaltender with 2:56 remaining in the first period.

The Eagles outshot the Spoilers 36-20 in the game and held an 18-5 shots advantage at the first intermission.

Davies senior forward Chase Bischof broke the 1-1 tie, connecting for a power-play goal with 4:08 left in the second period.

“Those first two goals were big,” Davidson said. “We had played well, but had nothing to show for it. Going down 1-0 early and then going up 18-5 on shots in the first period made the first goal big. We had to come out of that period with something to show for it.”

Hartness added another goal for the Eagles in the second period.

Grafton-PR’s Ben Thompson got an unassisted wrist shot past Davies senior goalie Alex Kruger 1:30 into the third period, but the Spoilers could not get the equalizer despite outshooting the Eagles 11-4 in the final 17 minutes.

“Look at the flow of the game and shots,” Grafton-PR head coach Scott Petersen said. “It was one-sided almost start to finish. Davies played hard and we didn’t. They deserved to win.”

The Eagles still have a shot at earning the No. 1-seed for the East Region tournament that begins Tuesday, but would need to defeat West Fargo on Saturday and have Central lose to South-Shanley tonight. Davies now holds a tie-breaker over the Spoliers.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, GPR, Miller, (C. Thompson), 2:56 (pp). 2, D, T. Hartness, (Pallen, A. Hartness), 14:04.

SECOND PERIOD: 3, D, Bischof, (Groth), 12:52 (pp). 4, D, T. Hartness, (A. Hartness, Pallen), 14:03.

THIRD PERIOD: 5, GPR, B. Thompson, 1:30.

SAVES: GPR, Nelson 17-12-4–33. D, Kruger, 4-4-10–18.

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