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Red River cruises to boys hockey win over East Grand Forks

Earlier this week, East Grand Forks looked like the favorite to win the Gambucci Cup when the Green Wave handily beat Grand Forks Central.

On Saturday, a new front-runner emerged for the trophy that goes to the top boys hockey team in Greater Grand Forks.

Grand Forks Red River used a potent power play to rout East Grand Forks 6-0 at Purpur Arena.

The Roughriders scored three times on the power play, taking advantage of Senior High's seven penalties.

"I think the bottom line is we went from a game where we outcompeted our opponent to a game where a team outcompeted us from the drop of the puck," EGF coach Scott Koberinski said. "We weren't ready. We took too many bad penalties and that tired us out. (Red River) is a good skating team. We couldn't match that energy. We didn't have the passion we had the other night."

Red River scored two power-play goals in the first period and one while skating 4-on-4.

Maxx Andrade started the scoring at 5 minutes, 35 seconds of the first period, while Mason Salquist and Max Johnson added first-period goals.

Johnson scored his second of the game in the second period, while Jackson Kunz made it 5-0 less than six minutes into the second period.

Kunz would score his second of the game in the third period for the final margin.

The Wave started Carter Krier in net. He stopped seven shots in the first period before giving way to Tucker Brown, who had 16 saves in the next two periods.

Red River goalie Nate Bradbury recorded the shutout with 14 saves.

Kunz, a freshman forward committed to UND, had two goals and two assists in his first action back from an injury that forced him out of the lineup the past couple of weeks.

"One guy back makes our lines smooth out," Red River coach Bill Chase said. "We haven't played many games with our full lineup. We haven't seen what they can do against top teams."

Red River improved to 9-0-2.

"We've been playing well against better teams," Chase said. "Our feet were flying. They listened to the game plan and stuck to it."

The teams have a quick turnaround for a rematch with a Tuesday night matchup at the Civic Center in East Grand Forks.

"I think we'll find out what kind of team you have when you get it handed to you pretty good," Koberinski said. "Can you step up to the plate or not?

"I'm looking forward to Tuesday's game. They have a heck of a team. That gives us an opportunity to see where we're at. Hopefully, we have the right mentality."

Tom Miller

Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department for the past 13 years. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate. 

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