Red River's line shakeup sparks 5-0 win over Fargo Davies
Grand Forks Red River forward Mason Thingvold played on the top line Tuesday night against Fargo Davies for the first time this year.
"It was a lot faster than what I'm used to," Thingvold said. "I just tried to give it my all."
The sophomore caught up to speed quickly.
Behind two goals from Thingvold and four assists from linemate Mason Salquist, Red River beat Fargo Davies 5-0 at Purpur Arena to solidify second place in the East Region standings.
Red River improved to 14-2-2 overall and 11-2-1 in the EDC. Davies dropped to 13-2-2 and 10-2-2 in the EDC.
Red River bounced back from a 2-1 overtime loss to Grand Forks Central on Saturday.
"We were more disciplined," Red River coach Bill Chase said. "In the Central game, we lost every battle. I didn't have to say a ton. I think their pride kicked in."
Red River started the scoring in the first four minutes of the opening period. From behind the net, Salquist made a nifty backhand feed to set up Thingvold, who scored his fifth and sixth goals of the year in game.
Red River defenseman Max Johnson made it 2-0 Riders midway through the first when he roofed one past Davies goalie Jared Winter (23 saves).
Red River, which won in a shootout after tying Davies 3-3 in Fargo back in December, pushed the lead to 3-0 when Winter couldn't handle a Coby Tweten blast from the point and Thingvold pounced on the rebound.
The Riders added two special teams goals to round out the scoring. Landon Haagenson, a defenseman, made it 4-0 scoring from his spot as a net-front presence on the power play, while freshman Jackson Kunz sniped a power-play goal in the third period.
"We played decent," Davies coach Scott Petersen said. "If you make a few mistakes against a quality team like Red River, they're going to score. I thought it was an even game for the most part. When they made mistakes, we didn't capitalize."