By Chris Larson
It was a border battle Tuesday night at the East Grand Forks Civic Center, as the visiting Grand Forks KnightRiders boarded the bus for the short trip to East Grand Forks, Minn., to play their border rivals, the Green Wave, coming up short 5-1 in exhibition play.
The Green Wave jumped out to the 4-0 lead five minutes into the third period, before Shaley Richards could find the back of the net to get the KnightRiders on the board, trailing 4-1.
"We need to take care of the puck in the house," Head Coach Alex Hedlund said.
The nail in the coffin was a penalty shot by East Grand Forks' Madison McDonald with less than two minutes left in the game, which was caused by Maya Tellman's impedment of McDonald towards the net.
The KnightRiders' Emilee Ziegler was in net, stopping 23 of 28 shots she faced.
"Ziegler did a good job of making the first save," Hedlund said. "But we have to clear the puck before they get the second and third chances."
The KnightRiders will be back in action this weekend, on Saturday, as they take on the Bismarck Blizzard in conference play. They'll return home Monday to face non-conference foe Crookston.