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Prowlers Improve to 5-1 in 8A

Tuesday night the Prowlers headed to East Grand Forks to take on the Green Wave, with the winner of the contest arguably having control of the top seed in Section 8A.  The first period was scoreless, with the play going back and forth the majority of the time.  The Prowlers were called for two penalties in the first, both on sophomore Chris Forney.  Despite the penalties, the Prowlers did outshot the Green Wave 8-4.

The game was scoreless until 9:20 into the second period when Beezer Skime deflected a Drew Erickson shot that gave the Prowlers a 1-0 lead.  The Prowlers lead was extended to 2-0 as Chris Forney scored a power play goal just 10 seconds into the man advantage.  At the end of two periods the Prowlers led the Green Wave 2-0, while also having the advantage in shots 16-13.

The Green Wave cut the Prowler lead to 1, as Tucker Pooleman scored on a delayed penalty.  The Prowlers were able to regain the lead as Micah Ranum scored a rebound goal, shot by Matt Audette.  Ranum would get his second goal of the game on an empty net, to give the Prowlers a 4-1 win over the Green Wave.  The Prowlers improve to 5-1 in Section 8A.

Prowlers Defeat Pirates 4-1

Thief River took on the Crookston Pirates Thursday night at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.  The Prowlers started the scoring early as Ryan Crosson gave the Prowlers a 1 goal lead just over a minute into the 1st period.  Crookston was able to tie the game back at 1 apiece as the Prowlers took back-to-back penalties.  Late in the 1st period, the Prowlers were able to regain the lead with Andrew Lansing scoring his 3rd goal of the year.  The period ended with the Prowlers outscoring the pirates 2-1, and the Pirates outshooting the Prowlers 13-11.

The beginning of the 2nd was all Crookston, with the first 5 shots on goal being the Pirates.  The Prowlers then showed life, as they made it a 3-1 game just after the 3rd power play expired. Beezer Skime scored the goal with the assist going to Derek Kayser.  The Thief River Falls Prowlers ultimately took control in the 2nd period, outshooting the Pirates 13 to 6.

The Prowlers were able to extend their lead in the 3rd with a short-handed goal by Micah Ranum assist by Ryan Crosson.  The final score was 4-1 in favor of the Prowlers.  The Prowlers now move to 3-1 in Section 8A.

Week Ahead: The Prowlers Take on the Warroad Warriors Thursday night at the Gardens in Warroad.

Prowlers Tie #3 Hermantown

The Prowlers took on the (8-0) Hermantown Hawks Wednesday night at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.  The first period went scoreless with neither team being able generate enough offence to generate a goal.  The Prowlers failed to score on the first power play, and with just over a minute remaining in the first took a penalty to give the Hawks a man advantage.  With just seconds left in the period John Narverud made a big save that robbed Hermantown’s Garrett Skrbich from making the first goal of the game.  Narverud stopped all 11 shots in the first period, which provided the Prowlers a 0-0 tie going into the second period.

Hermantown started the 2nd period on a power play, but was unable to penetrate goaltender John Narverud.  Going into the second period, the Prowlers began to show some offense as Micah Ranum’s shot hit the post.  Just under halfway into the 2nd period, the Prowlers scored on their second power play to take a 1-0 lead, with Micah Ranum scoring the goal and Ryan Crosson and Brady Meunier earning the assists.  The 2nd period ended 1-0, with both teams unable to score on their power plays.

In the 3rd period the Prowlers took a 2-0 lead with Ryan Crosson scoring.  The goal coming on the 4th power play of the game for the Prowlers.  With just 2:54 remaining in the game the Hermantown Hawks were able to cut the lead to 1, and then just 44 seconds later tied the game at 2-2, to stretch the game into OT and ultimately end the game in a tie.

Bendickson Scores First AHL Goal

Former Prowler standout and Wisconsin Badger graduate Aaron Bendickson scored his first AHL goal in a 6-4 win over the Binghamton Senators.  Bendickson is currently signed to a 25 game PTO with the Rochester Americans of the AHL.  Prior to playing with the Americans, Bendickson began his professional career with the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL, where he led the team in points (9) and assists (7) in just the first 4 games.  Bendickson also led all rookies in scoring and was tied for first among all players in the ECHL at the time of his call up.

Prowlers Edge the Pirates


Friday night the Prowlers faced the Crookston Pirates in the first round of Section 8A playoffs.  The game was close all night, and after one period of play the score was still 0-0, with each team having 6 shots on goal.  Riley Soderstrom gave the Prowlers a 1 goal lead in the 2nd.  The Prowlers outshot Crookston 10-1 in the 2nd period, but only managed to take a 1 goal lead into the 3rd period.  The Pirates battled back in the 3rd and tied the game at 1.  Thief River’s Chris Forney answered back for the Prowlers to go up by one again, with just over a half of period to play.  Just 2 minutes later Crookston scored again to tie the game up, but that as close as they would get as Brady Meunier and Riley Soderstrom (ENG) gave the Prowlers a 4-2 win over the Pirates.

            The Prowlers will face the East Grand Forks GreenWave Monday night at the Civic in EGF.  The winner of this game will go on to play the Warroad Warriors in the Section 8 Championship Game.

Weekly Press Feb. 15th-21st

The regular season games are now over and the Prowlers are in the #2 seed going into section 8A playoffs.  They began their week against the East Grand Forks Greenwave, who received the #3 seed.  The game was very low scoring, with all the goals being scored in the 2nd period for both teams.  Micah Ranum and Beezer Skime tallied the goals for the Prowlers.  The Prowlers had their chances to win the game in the 3rd, hitting the post multiple times.  In OT neither team could score and skated to a 2-2 tie. 

The Prowlers headed to Bemidji Thursday night for their final game of the season.  Prowlers’ Matt Lindquist tallied both goals for the Prowlers who went on to win the game 2-1.  The Prowlers ended their regular season with a 17-7-1 record as they head into section playoffs.

The Prowlers first section game will be against either #7 Crookston or #10 Walker, depending on their results in play-offs.  TRF’s first game will be played Feb. 26th at the Civic center in EGF.