PHOTOS BY BRAD STENBERG
By Chris Larson
The Grand Forks KnightRiders started a two-game road trip out with a win Friday night, defeating Williston 5-0 on an Olympic size rink.
The first goal was the eventual game winning goal, but it didn't come early.
"We had a slow start, but did a good job taking care of our chances in the second period," head coach Alex Hedlund said.
Both teams combined for nine penalties.
"That (penalties) made it hard to keep any flow going," Hedlund said.
Kylie Autrey got the scoring started, 5:24 into the first period.
A 48 second span in the second period produced a lot of KnightRider offense.
With just nine minutes gone in the second, Katelin Peterson came in all alone for a goal, making it 2-0 KnightRiders. 32 seconds later, Shaley Richards found Emily Benson, who scored, making it 3-0.
The onslaught continued just 16 seconds later, as Richards found Jessica Lee for her first of two goals on the evening.
Lee's final goal, with just under four minutes left in the second period, put things away for the road KnightRiders.
Freshman Kendra Nordick stopped all 17 shots she faced in the win for the KnightRiders, who improve to 8-7 overall, 6-5 in the state standings.
"She (Nordick) played well with her first shut out," Hedlund said.
They will travel to Minot for a game Saturday at 2 p.m., before continuing their road trip Tuesday at Fargo North/South.
"We will need to turn it up to the next gear when we play Minot tomorrow," Hedlund said.
The KnightRiders will return home Saturday, Jan. 26, when Mandan will come to Eagles Arena for a 2 p.m. faceoff.