South stuffs North
Fargo South thrived when things were not equal Saturday at the John E. Carlson Coliseum. The Bruins scored three goals on the power play and had three short-handed scores. Their proficiency on special teams sparked a 9-3 victory against Fargo Nor...
Fargo South thrived when things were not equal Saturday at the John E. Carlson Coliseum.
The Bruins scored three goals on the power play and had three short-handed scores. Their proficiency on special teams sparked a 9-3 victory against Fargo North in a battle of unbeaten East Region boys hockey teams.
"Our special teams were phenomenal tonight," said South forward Kris Graalum, who scored a hat trick. "Five-on-5 North is a good team."
South (5-0, 4-0 region) scored two power-play goals in the first five minutes for a quick cushion. North (4-1, 2-1) played in chase mode the rest of the game.
"We didn't play very well tonight," North coach Jay Erickson said. "We made a lot of mistakes, a lot of mistakes we haven't made. South is an opportunistic team. They are big and strong and they wear you down."
The Bruins started to pull away late in the second period. With his team up 5-3, Graalum started a string of four unanswered South goals.
Stationed in front of the North net, Graalum stopped a Jake McDougall pass with his skates. Graalum quickly got the puck on his stick and fired it into the back of the net for his second power-play goal.
South led 6-3 at 15 minutes, 6 seconds into the second period. The goal gave Graalum a hat trick, the first of his varsity career.
"I thought Kris Graalum had a good game," Wilson said. "When he gets a little breathing room, he's a tough player."
South added three goals in the final period, two of which were short-handed and came less than two minutes apart.
"One thing you can't account for so much is the short-handed goals," Wilson said. "This is a pretty offensive-minded team. It can be a good thing and it can be a bad thing."
North hung close in the first period, cutting the South lead to 2-1 and 3-2 on Tanner Bombenger and Ryder Bekkedahl scores. However, both times the Spartans trimmed the lead to one, the Bruins countered with a goal less than two minutes later.
"We'd come back and in a matter of seconds the puck was back in our zone and they were putting another goal in the net," Erickson said. "We just couldn't get any momentum going."
FIRST PERIOD: 1, FS, Wurden (Powers) 2:51 (pp). 2, FS, Graalum 4:13 (pp). 3, FN, Bombenger (Bekkedahl, Narveson) 11:19 (pp). 4, FS, Graalum (Hooey) 11:31. 5, FN, Bekkedahl (Bombenger) 12:26. 6, FS, Doeden (Powers, Wagner) 14:10.
SECOND PERIOD: 7, FS, Wurden :57 (sh). 8. FN, M. Labernik (LaBounty) 11:13. 9, FS, Graalum (McDougall) 15:06 (pp). 10, FS, Hooey (Sigurdson, Dawson) 15:22
THIRD PERIOD: 10, FS, Powers (Wurden) 6:16 (sh). 11, FS, Dawson 8:00 (sh).
SAVES: FN, Zehren 12-16-10 38. Deichert 9-6-2 17.
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