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East Grand Forks shuts out Panthers in opener

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

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.

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.