PHOTOS BY BRAD STENBERG
By Chris Larson
The Grand Forks KnightRiders may have started slow Saturday afternoon at the MAYSA Arena in Minot, but a hot third period propelled the KnightRiders to a 4-3 victory over Minot.
"I thought that was our most complete game yet this season," head coach Alex Hedlund said. "We were down 3-0 early in the third, but not for lack of effort."
The Majettes had control of the first two periods and the early minute of the third, but the KnightRiders found their stride, scoring four unanswered goals.
"Our forecheck was outstanding today," Hedlund said.
Shaley Richard's eighth goal of the season, scored at the 16:09 mark of the final period, was the eventual game winning goal.
"(Shaley Richards) had an outstanding performance, scoring the eventual game winner," Hedlund said.
Richards also scored at the 4:10 mark of the third, cutting the lead to one goal.
Quinn Fournier, who scored her second goal of the season Saturday, got the KnightRiders on the board in the third, on a pass from Richards at the 1:59 mark to cut the lead to 3-1.
Two minutes after Richards scored her goal to cut the lead, Morgan Stenseth equalized the score, picking up a pass from Katelin Peterson, making it 3-3. Stenseth is tied for the team lead in goals with teammate Abby Schauer. Schauer and Stenseth have ten goals each.
"Stenseth is a machine," Hedlund said. "She gives the same effort day in and day out."
Each team was penalized seven times for 14 minutes.
The KnightRiders were one-for-four on the powerplay. Stenseth's goal was the lone powerplay goal. Richards' goal at 16:09 of the third was also a special teams goal--a shorthanded goal.
Kaylee Baker was in net for the KnightRiders, stopping 26 of 29 shots she faced.
"Baker was solid in net," Hedlund said.
The KnightRiders edged the Majettes in shots on goal 40-29, powered by a 15-6 advantage in the third period.
The KnightRiders move to 7-5 on the conference season, with an overall record of 9-7.
The KnightRiders will travel to Fargo North/South on Tuesday for a conference game, before coming home for a conference game against Mandan on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Eagles Arena.