Wave advance in section
Normally Kenzie Whalen likes to face a lot of shots. But the East Grand Forks Senior High goaltender had no problem with an inactive night in the nets Thursday.
Whalen had to make only 11 saves in picking up a win. The Green Wave, on the other hand, put 56 shots on net in handing visiting Crookston a 6-1 defeat in the first round of the Minnesota Section 8A girls hockey tournament.
"It's nice to face more shots,'' Whalen said. "The more shots, the more comfortable I am. But not during sections. Anytime our defense is playing well like this, I'll take it.''
The third-seeded Green Wave received goals from all four lines in the win. On a Crookston team on which 10 of the 20 players on the roster are eighth-graders, the lone senior—goalie Brelee Jobe—kept the game close with her 50 saves.
"Brelee was huge for us. She has been all year,'' Pirates coach Jaclyn Martin said. "She made the saves she needed to. She kept us in the game. And our defensive play helped.''
Senior High scored twice in a 1:40 span in the first period to take the lead for good. Cynthia Loven opened scoring, assisted by Tiffany Hanson and Mac McDonald, at the 5:55 mark. Hanson followed with an unassisted goal to make it 2-0.
"Tiff has dealt with a concussion and some other injury things this season,'' Wave coach Jim Enright said. "She's healthy now and had a nice game. That was great to see her get going.''
Nicole Schlenk and Kendra Emery each scored in the second period, and Grace Beck and Avery Kovar had goals in the third.
"We peppered their goalie,'' Enright said. "We got scoring from all four of our lines; I think that's the first time all year we've had that.
"We were steady all night. We didn't give them many chances. Our defense played well.''
Kylee Meier had the lone goal for Crookston, which closed with a 5-21-0 record.
Senior High (17-8-1) plays Thief River Falls in the section semifinals at 8:15 p.m. Monday at Warroad.