By Chris Larson
The Grand Forks KnightRiders celebrated their parents on Saturday, giving them an extra special reason to leave with smiles, as the KnightRiders blitzed the Mandan Braves 12-1 at Eagles Arena.
"Tonight was a good momentum boost for our squad," head coach Alex Hedlund said. "We moved the puck well and made some nice plays."
The KnightRiders scored early--and often--in all three periods. By the end of the second period, the KnightRiders held a 9-0 lead.
Hannah Gray's goal at the 3:03 mark of the opening period was the eventual game winning goal. Her goal, which made it 2-0, followed Lexi Laframboise's goal at the 41 second mark of the period.
Three players had multiple goals for the KnightRiders--Jessica Lee had two in the first period, Emily Becker had two in the second period and Kylie Autrey had one in the second and one in the third.
The KnightRiders scored three goals in the first five minutes of the second period to extend their lead to 8-0.
Madan's lone goal came at the 4:05 mark of the third period, on a pass from Ashley Patrick to Kali Berg.
Emily Benson, Katelin Peterson, Quinn Fournier and Skylarr Boespflug all scored goals for the KnightRiders.
"It is nice to see many different girls in the lineup on the stat sheet," Hedlund said.
Emilee Ziegler picked up the win in net, stopping 23 of 24 shots faced.
"Ziegler made some good saves in net," Hedlund said.
The KnightRiders were penalized 11 times for 33 minutes, including Emily Benson's five minute major for boarding at the 10:43 mark of the second period, which included a ten minute misconduct.
Mandan was also penalized three times for 17 minutes, including a five minute major for checking from behind to Breanna Helbling, plus a ten minute misconduct, at the 3:56 mark of the third.
"It was a penalty heavy game," Hedlund said. "But I thought we did a good job on the penalty kill as well."