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East Grand Forks' Cole Hodny (left) and Park Rapids' Jamie Stewart battled to control the puck during Tuesday night's game.

East Grand Forks shuts out Panthers in opener

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East Grand Forks controlled the puck in the offensive zone all night in defeating the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team 5-0 Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.

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The Green Wave, which is rated No. 9 in this week's state Class A poll, held a 54-5 advantage in shots in posting the shutout in the season opener between these two Section 8A rivals.

Tommy Hajicek scored 27 seconds into the game as EGF led 1-0 after the first period.

Goals by Colton Poolman and Kolton Aubol extended the lead to 3-0 after the second period as the Green Wave held a 20-2 advantage in shots.

Tye Ausmus' goal 35 seconds into the third period and Aubol's goal with 2:53 remaining concluded the scoring as EGF held a 23-1 advantage in shots in the final period.

Goalie Cody Brumbaugh made 49 saves for the Panthers.

East Grand Forks 1 2 2...5

Park Rapids 0 0 0...0

FIRST PERIOD: 1, EGF, Hajicek (Bowen), :27. Penalties: EGF 1, Park Rapids 0.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, EGF, Poolman (unassisted), 8:16. 3, EGF, Aubol (Bowen, Hajicek), 12:21. Penalties: EGF 1, Park Rapids 0.

THIRD PERIOD: 4, EGF, Ausmus (Bowen), :35. 5, EGF, Aubol (Hajicek), 14:07. Penalties: None.

GOALIE SAVES: EGF (Lindstrom) 2-2-1-5. Park Rapids (Brumbaugh) 10-18-21-49.

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