|Written by Mike Lundgren|
East Grand Forks’ Nick Ranten pinned Thief River Falls’ Eli Olson against the boards behind the net as they competed for possession of the puck during Tuesday’s Section 8A boys high school hockey game at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Green Wave won 3-2.
East Grand Forks’ Tanner Tweten scored off a scramble to the side of the Thief River Falls net with 5:51 remaining to give the Green Wave a key 3-2 Section 8A boys high school hockey win over the Prowlers Tuesday at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
|Written by Mike Lundgren|
Ian Lund of Thief River Falls moved the puck while being pursued by Will Mix of Achiever Academy during the tenth annual Ralph Engelstad Arena Classic boys high school hockey games. Isak Bergland of the Prowlers and Austin Parrish of the Aces looked on. Thief River Falls won the game 7-1.
Another impressive Thief River Falls offensive showing carried the host Prowlers past Crookston 6-1 Saturday afternoon in the final game of the tenth annual Ralph Engelstad Arena Classic boys high school hockey match-ups.
Earlier in the day, Achiever Academy from Vadnais Heights outlasted Fort Frances, Ont. 7-6 in overtime and Fargo North overwhelmed Siren, Wis. 10-1.
In three REA Classic starts, Thief River Falls out-scored Siren, Achiever Academy and Crookston by a combined 24-5.
After struggling to score goals in a 3-5 start to the 2013-14 season, the now 7-5 Prowlers began their offensive breakout with a 7-0 win at International Falls before jumping into the REA Classic with wins over Siren 11-3 and Achiever Academy 7-1.
Thief River Falls grabbed a 3-1 first period lead and stretched the difference to 5-1 in the second period against the Pirates in a game that also counts as a regular Section 8A contest.
Logan Ose scored twice in the Saturday victory. Isak Bergland, Eli Olson, Landon Sanders and Michael Johnson were single-goal scorers. Zeb Nelson collected three assists.
Ose opened the scoring at 9:47 of the first period. Bobby Tiedemann of Crookston tied it just 43 seconds later, but the rest of the goals came from the Prowlers.
Thief River Falls goalie Tanner Holmes turned back 24 of the 25 shots he faced. Ian Johnson had a 28-save game for the Pirates.
The Prowlers play at Kittson County Central Thursday and at Moorhead Saturday.
A hat trick and four-point game by Cory Sprague led Achiever Academy past Fort Frances in the high-scoring Saturday opener.
Scoring single goals for the Aces were Victor Morgan, Mack Stevens, Zach Black and Austin Parrish.
Jarred Taylor scored three goals for Fort Frances, with Chase Ferguson, Tyler Mosbeck and David Prydl scoring one goal each. Nolan Vold of the Muskies had two assists.
Fort Frances had a 2-1 first period lead and took a 5-3 edge into the third period.
Sprague put Achiever Academy ahead 6-6 at 11:31 of the third period, but Taylor quickly answered, tying the game just 18 seconds later.
The game-winner was scored by Sprague at 1:04 of the overtime.
Achiever Academy goalie Sage Broda stopped 30 shots. Jonah Johnson of Fort Frances finished with 34 saves.
Fargo North led Siren by just a 2-1 margin after one period, but opened up a 6-1 spread at the second intermission and tacked on four third period goals for the rout.
Spencer Helming had a hat trick, along with an assist, for the Spartans while Jackson Graalum had two goals and three assists and Alex Samek scored twice. With Taran Wols of Siren and Soren Nelson of North in the nets, the Spartans out-shot the Blizzards 54-18.
Achiever vs. Fort Frances
First period – FF, Jarred Taylor (Nolan Vold), 8:36; FF, Chase Ferguson (Tyler Mosbeck), 10:17; AA, Mack Stevens (Will Mix, Cory Sprague), 12:04.
Second period – AA, Sprague, 2:13; AA, Austin Parrish (Victor Morgan), 9:24; FF, Mosbeck (Cole Tympkin, Vold), 10:24; FF, Taylor (Carter Brown), 12:27; FF, David Prydl (Ferguson), 12:38.
Third period – AA, Morgan, 2:55; AA, Zach Black (Stevens, Mark Sanchez), 3:24; AA, Sprague (Mix, Dante Zapata), 11:31; FF, Taylor (Graeme Kitt, Prydl), 11:49.
Overtime – AA, Sprague (Mix, Garrett Martin), 1:04.
Goalie saves – FF, Jonah Johnson 10-13-9-2–34; AA, Sage Broda 17-16-
Fargo North vs. Siren
First period – FN, Spencer Helming, 9:26; Siren, Drew Alderman (Aaron Dietmeier), 12:09; FN, Jackson Graalum, Tyrell Schloesser), 15:42.
Second period – FN, Helming (Schloesser, Graalum), :36; FN, Jordan Sager (James Schock, Joe Weist), 10:43; FN, Jacob Gunderson (Seth Brenneman), 15:11; FN, Schock, 16:01.
Third period – FN, Alex Samek (Helming, Weist), 3:51; FN, Graalum, 9:45; FN, Samek (Graalum), 15:55; FN, Helming (Graalum), 16:20.
Goalie saves – FN, Soren Nelson 6-7-4–17; Siren, Taran Wols 21-10-12–43.
TRF vs. Crookston
First period – TRF, Logan Ose (Zeb Nelson), 9:47; Crookston, Bobby Tiedemann (Doug Larson, Patrick Berg), 10:30; TRF, Ose (Keaton Huot), 11:53; TRF, Isak Bergland, 16:25.
Second period – TRF, Eli Olson (Nelson), 10:36; TRF, Landon Sanders (Bergland, Brendan Bushy), 16:49.
Third period – TRF, Michael Johnson (Adam Pancoast, Nelson), 3:50.
Goalie saves – TRF, Tanner Holmes 8-11-5–24; Crookston, Ian Johnson 8-8-12–28.
n First round Thursday, Dec. 26 – Crookston 3, Fort Frances 1; Achiever Academy 4, Fargo North 2; Thief River Falls 11, Siren 3.
n Second round Friday, Dec. 27 – Fort Frances 7, Siren 0; Fargo North 4, Crookston 2; Thief River Falls 7, Achiever Academy 1.
n Third round Saturday, Dec. 28 – Achiever Academy 7, Fort Frances 6 (ot); Fargo North 10, Siren 1; Thief River Falls 6, Crookston 1.
Defenseman Murphy Fellman tried to help out Thief River Falls goalie Tanner Holmes by clearing East Grand Forks’ Tommy Hajicek from in front of the net in the second period of Tuesday’s boys high school hockey match-up.
One day after East Grand Forks eliminated Thief River Falls from the Section 8A girls high school hockey tournament, the Green Wave took the top seed away from the Prowlers for the upcoming Section 8A boys playoffs with a Tuesday night win at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. In both cases, it was a 2-1 final.
With the winner a lock to earn the No. 1 spot in the post-season bracket, East Grand Forks made amends for a 6-2 home ice loss to the Prowlers on Jan. 22 that ended the Green Wave status as the only unbeaten team in the state.
A good-size crowd of 1,110 turned out for the rematch. The Thief River Falls contingent sat quietly for most of the night as they watched the Green Wave out-shoot the Prowlers 34-15.
“A good hockey game, but they beat us,” offered Thief River Falls coach Tim Bergland. “We didn’t create enough scoring chances to give ourselves a chance to win. They (Green Wave) did a nice job taking away the middle of the ice. We need to do a better job fighting through that and creating more scoring opportunities.”
All three goals came in the second period.
Thief River Falls got on the board first when defenseman Grady Pederson picked off an East Grand Forks neutral ice pass and fired a long shot as he crossed the blue line. The ice-hugger eluded Green Wave goalie Tanner Lindstrom just 20 seconds after the teams resumed play following the first intermission.
The lead was short-lived.
Allowed to skate uncontested in the offensive zone, Dixon Bowen attacked the net from the face-off circle to the right of Thief River Falls goalie Tanner Holmes and put a wrist shot into the upper corner 55 seconds after the Pederson goal.
The game-winner came from Tommy Hajicek at 9:54. He scored from the side while a crowd battled for position in front of Holmes.
Thief River Falls was 15-9 heading into a final regular season start at Bemidji Friday.
First period – no scoring.
Second period – TRF, Grady Pederson, :20; EGF, Dixon Bowen (Grant Loven, Eddie Eades), 1:15; EGF, Tommy Hajicek (Tanner Tweten, Tye Ausmus), 9:54.
Third period – no scoring.
Goalie saves – TRF, Tanner Holmes 13-8-11–32; EGF, Tanner Lindstrom 7-5-2–14.
Tanner Holmes of Thief River Falls stopped this point-blank third period power play scoring opportunity for Breck School forward Chase Ellingson during Friday’s boys high school hockey game at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Even though the Mustangs out-shot the Prowlers 34-13, Holmes kept it close. The visitors, the No. 2-ranked team in Class A, pulled out a 3-2 overtime win.
Thief River Falls’ bid for a fifth straight win over a top-ten ranked Class A boys high school hockey team ended Saturday afternoon when Breck School overcame a 2-0 deficit and beat the Prowlers 3-2 in overtime at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
It was the end of an 11-game winning streak for the Prowlers, who had beaten East Grand Forks, Warroad, Duluth Denfeld and Duluth Marshall – all ranked in the top ten – in their previous four starts.
Those wins earned Thief River Falls a No. 7 ranking in the latest Class A state polls.
A first period shorthanded goal, a second period power play goal and strong goaltending by Tanner Holmes had the Prowlers heading to their most impressive win yet over No. 2-ranked Breck School.
But the Mustangs scored with a mere three-tenths of a second left in the second period, tied it with 66 seconds remaining in regulation time and won it three minutes into an eight-minute sudden-death overtime.
“It was a good high school hockey game,” said Thief River Falls coach Tim Bergland. “The kids worked hard. We’re disappointed with the outcome. We had opportunities to win.”
The Prowlers were killing a first period penalty when they broke out of their zone with a 2-on-1 rush. The Mustangs caught up with the play, but Thief River Falls kept the pressure in the Breck end and scored on a shot by Logan Engelstad at 12:58.
Working the puck in the offensive zone, the Prowlers turned a second period power play opportunity into a 2-0 lead when Chris Forney caromed a shot off the pipe from the point at 11:59.
Holmes made 19 saves through the first two periods to keep the Mustangs at bay, but their 20th shot found the net just moments before time expired. Mark Sharp, positioned at the right post, slammed the puck in to the net with 0.03 on the clock.
“Obviously the goal at the end of the second period is one we would like to have back,” said Bergland. “To give up a goal like that late really hurts.”
Thief River Falls was clinging to the 2-1 lead as the clock approached the final minute of the third period. Sustained Breck pressure produced the equalizer when, off a scramble in front of the net, the puck took a high bounce up and over Holmes. The goal went to Lucas McCormick.
“Playing with a lead is tough sometimes,” offered Bergland. “We maybe got back on our heels a little.”
The game-winner came on a tip-in as McCormick got a piece of a Derek Wiitala shot from the point.
“They’re good,” confirmed Bergland. “They’re ranked that high for a reason. They come at you.”
The Mustangs improved to 16-3-1 with the win.
Holmes finished with 31 saves. Breck goalie Henry Johnson faced just 13 shots.
“Tanner played a great game,” said Bergland. “He gave us a chance to win.”
First period – TRF, Logan Engelstad (Isak Bergland), 12:58.
Second period – TRF, Chris Forney (Bergland, Engelstad), 11:59; Breck, Mark Sharp (Lucas McCormick), 16:59.
Third period – Breck, McCormick (Matt Colford, Thomas Lindstrom), 15:54.
Overtime – Breck, McCormick (Derek Wiitala, Sharp), 3:00.
Goalie saves – TRF, Tanner Holmes 8-11-10-2–31; Breck, Henry Johnson 3-4-3-1–11.
Goalie Tanner Holmes and defenseman Adam Pancoast of Thief River Falls prevented Lucas Debenedt from scoring on a wraparound during Thursday boys high school hockey action. The Broncos beat the Prowlers 3-2.
Early-season struggles for the Thief River Falls boys high school hockey team continued Thursday when the Prowlers dropped a 3-2 home ice decision to International Falls.
The loss dropped the Prowlers to 2-6. It was the Broncos’ first win in yearly single-game series since 2007-08.
“It was not a good game for us,” said Thief River Falls coach Tim Bergland. “We’re very disappointed. We did not come ready to play.”
The two teams played scoreless hockey with few offensive threats until the Broncos caught a break at 2:43 of the second period.
Thief River Falls goalie Tanner Holmes made a save on the play, kicking the puck behind the net.
But a centering pass by International Falls sophomore forward Jack Melltrom caromed off the goalie and into the net.
It was a 2-0 game when Erik Lassila scored at 13:58 of the second period. There was a battle for possession in the Thief River Falls zone before the puck ended up on the stick of Lassila in the slot. He had enough room and enough time to get off a quick, uncontested shot.
A quick 39 seconds later a 2-on-1 Thief River Falls rush put the Prowlers on the board as Logan Engelstad drove a shot past Broncos goalie Wesley Gunnerson.
The Prowlers tied it 2-2 when sophomore forward Zeb Nelson skated behind the Broncos’ net, came out on the right side and beat Gunnerson cleanly at 5:54 of the third period.
Overtime was looming before a late-game Thief River Falls penalty opened the door for the Broncos. Derek White took advantage of the opportunity when he scored off his own rebound in front of Holmes at 14:18.
Gunnerson finished with 27 saves; Holmes had 18.
“A lot of things we’re doing wrong right now are correctable,” said Bergland, “but we keep making the same mistakes. It’s very frustrating.”
The Prowlers will face Irondale, Chanhassen and Crookston in the annual Ralph Engelstad Arena Classic Dec. 27, 28 and 29.
First period – no scoring.
Second period – IF, Jack Mellstrom, 2:43; IF, Erik Lassila (Lucas Debenedet, Mellstrom), 13:58; TRF, Logan Engelstad (Isak Bergland, Grady Pederson), 14:37.
Third period – TRF, Zeb Nelson (Pederson), 5:54; IF, Derek White (Lassila), 14:18.
Goalie saves – TRF, Tanner Holmes 6-6-6–18; IF, Wesley Gunnerson 5-11-11–27
Thief River Falls defenseman Chris Forney (8) and Warroad forward Quincy George competed for the puck along the boards during the first period of Tuesday’s boys high school hockey game at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Forty-one minutes and 44 shots failed to produce a winner in regulation time. However, it was a different story when keen Section 8A rivals Warroad and Thief River Falls came back on the Ralph Engelstad Arena ice for overtime.
First shot of the extra session came 76 seconds into the eight-minute sudden-death skate and sent Warroad back north with a 2-1 Tuesday boys high school hockey win.
With multiple players competing for the puck in the corner to the left of Thief River Falls goalie Tanner Holmes, Warroad’s Ben Smieja managed to find enough space to slip a pass to teammate Jared Bethune in front of the net. He quickly converted.
“Not the outcome we were looking for,” acknowledged Thief River Falls coach Tim Bergland. “But that’s hockey. Once you get into overtime, it’s often just the bounce of the puck that decides things. I don’t think it was a matter of us having a breakdown or making a mistake. Their kid just slipped in behind us and got the shot off. It’s unfortunate, but it is what it is.”
There simply wasn’t a whole lot of difference between the two teams who have combined to win the last ten Section 8A titles.
“We’re two pretty evenly-matched teams,” confirmed Bergland. “We went at it pretty good.”
It was the first section test of the year for Prowlers, who fell to 2-5 overall. The two-time defending Section 8A champions have been held to a single goal in four of those losses.
“We’ve got to find a way to put the puck in the net, that’s for sure,” offered Bergland.
Warroad shattered a scoreless tie at 12:57 of the second period by catching Thief River Falls in an odd-man rush that resulted in a goal by Bethune.
The Prowlers answered quickly. With his back to the net, and a defenseman between him and Warroad goalie Justin King, forward Logan Ose managed to catch a pass, spin and shoot in one swift motion to tie it with 32 seconds left in the second period.
That was it for scoring until overtime.
Holmes finished with 19 saves. King stopped 23 shots.
First period – no scoring.
Second period – Warroad, Jared Bethune (Quincy George), 12:57; TRF, Logan Ose (Ian Lund, Kael Fontaine), 16:28.
Third period – no scoring.
Overtime – Warroad, Bethune (Ben Smieja) 1:16.
Goalie saves – TRF, Tanner Holmes 9-4-6-0–19; Warroad, Justin King 6-11-6-0-23.
Chased by Bemidji’s Michael Forseth, Thief River Falls’ Adam Pancoast moved the puck along the boards behind the Prowlers’ net during Thursday’s boys high school hockey game at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
That Thief River Falls and Bemidji were involved in a low-scoring game should come as a surprise to nobody. Both teams have struggled mightily to put the puck in the net during the early portion of the 2012-13 boys high school hockey season. The trend continued in a Thursday renewal of the long-time athletic rivalry at the Ralph Engelstad Arena when the Prowlers escaped with a 2-1 win.
Bemidji, shut out three times in its first six games, fell to 2-5. Thief River Falls, limited to a single goal in three of its first five games, bumped its record to 2-4.
“They’re not unlike us,” acknowledged Thief River Falls coach Tim Bergland. “Both teams were in need of a win.”
The Prowlers got it. Both sides did get on the board in the opening period, but the only other goal – the game-winner – came at 4:16 of the second period when Ethan Johnson was fed the puck in front of the Bemidji net and the Thief River Falls freshman quickly converted the chance by beating sophomore netminder Gabe Heifort.
Thief River Falls put the first goal in the books in unexpected fashion when junior forward Ian Lund snapped off a shot as he crossed the blue line in a one-on-one confrontation with Bemidji defenseman Sam Starkey. The long-range shot just 2:49 into the game eluded Heifort.
Bemidji got the equalizer on a power play goal by junior forward Sam Carlson at 8:17. Thief River Falls junior goalie Tanner Holmes made the initial save on the play, but with bodies clamoring for possession in the crease, the puck was shoved across the goal line.
“It was nice to get that first goal,” said Bergland. “I’m sure it’s one of those shots their goalie would like to have back. On their goal, I’m not so sure there wasn’t goalie interference. But it wasn’t called, so you just have to move on.”
Thief River Falls didn’t cave in after giving up the goal, and that was a key to picking up the win, according to Bergland. “We stuck with it,” he explained. “We’ve had a habit of getting frustrated after giving up a goal like that. But tonight, the kids shook it off and got the job done. It’s nice to see them do some of the things we’ve be talking about and working on in practice.”
Heifort finished with 25 saves. A lot more Thief River Falls shots missed the target. “We had a lot of good looks,” noted Bergland, “but we need to hit the net.”
Holmes had a 16-save night.
First period – TRF, Ian Lund, 2:49; Bemidji, Sam Carlson (Matt Serratore, Mike Sauer), 8:17.
Second period – TRF, Ethan Johnson (Zeb Nelson, Keaton Huot), 4:16.
Third period – no scoring.
Goalie saves – TRF, Tanner Holmes 4-7-5-16; Bemidji, Gabe Heifort 9-8-8-25
Lincoln High School and the Thief River Falls Education Foundation will be hosting the 2012 All School Reunion June21st to June 24th. There will be many activities including hockey in the Huck Olson on June 22nd.
If you would like to sign up or have more question please click on the following link which will provide more details.
Written by Mike Lundgren
Roseau and Thief River Falls combined for a dozen goals Tuesday in a season-opening boys high school hockey shoot-out at the Ralph Engelstad Arena that ended in a 6-6 overtime tie.
The offensive show might have made hockey purists cringe, but it provided the ticket-buying public with plenty of entertainment at the outset of the 2011-12 season.
Roseau led 2-1 after one period. Thief River Falls had a 4-3 advantage at the second intermission. After falling behind 6-5, the Prowlers pulled goalie Jon Narverud in the final minute of regulation time for an extra attacker, and got the equalizer when Evan Ose scored with 21 seconds remaining.
An eight-minute overtime failed to break the tie. A hard Thief River Falls shot looked to be the game-winner with 2 1/2 minutes left, but the officials didn’t agree with the Prowlers and their fans who thought the puck went in, hit the tightly-stretched net over the shoulder of Roseau goalie Jared Strand and just as quickly caromed back into play.
It was a big night offensively for the Rams’ Zach Yon and Alex Strand, along with Ose. Yon finished with four goals and an assist. Strand collected four assists and Ose also had a four-point night with three goals and an assist. Yon and Strand are sophomores. Ose is a senior.
“If you said we were going to score six goals, I would have liked our chances,” said Thief River Falls coach Tim Bergland. “We had some very nice goals and our play down low was pretty good. I hesitate to point out any one player, but there were some kids who had a good night offensively.”
Seniors Austin Odberg and Connor Doherty, along with junior Logan Engelstad, were also Thief River Falls goal scorers.
“We expect our seniors and juniors with experience to step up,” offered Bergland. “They did, and they will continue to grow.”
Yon had a hat trick in the books by the 3:43 mark of the second period. Ose scored twice and Engelstad once as three straight Thief River Falls second period goals earased a 3-1 deficit.
Cole Bjugson wiped out the Thief ?River Falls lead when he scored just 2:03 into the third period, and Yon’s fourth goal made it 5-4 a quick 38 seconds later.
“Our team defense was not where we need to be,” acknowledged Bergland. “They (Rams) transitioned on us, and we did not play the way that we need to, especially against good teams.”
Odberg tied it at 5:40; Alex Halstensgard put Roseau back in front 6-5 at 10:49; and Ose finished off his hat trick with the final goal of the see-saw affair.
The shot charts reflected the closeness of the contest. Narverud wound up with 20 saves; Jared Strand had 19.
Facing Roseau in the season-opener for the eighth straight year is a good measuring stick for his team, indicated Bergland. “We are looking for some depth, and the kids need to keep progressing,” he explained.
First period – Roseau, Zach Yon (Ben Vatnsdal, Alex Strand), 7:22; TRF, Connor Doherty (Evan Ose, Riley Soderstrom), 7:35; Roseau, Yon (Strand, Tanner Okeson), 12:41.
Second period – Roseau, Yon (Strand), 3:43; TRF, Ose, 11:11; TRF, Logan Engelstad (Austin Odberg, Chris Forney), 14:08; TRF, Ose (Soderstrom), 15:59.
Third period – Roseau, Cole Bjuson (Jack Helgeson, Corey Olson), 2:03; Roseau, Yon, 2:41; TRF, Odberg, 5:40; Roseau, Alex Halstensgard (Strand, Yon), 10:49; TRF, Ose (Grady Pederson, Soderstrom), 16:39.
Overtime – no scoring.
Goalie saves – TRF, Jon Narverud 6-8-4-2–20; Roseau, Jared Strand 6-7-5-1–19