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When goals were hard to come by, Tim Bergland turned to his defense to spark the offense. A few position shifts in personnel have paid off in a big way for Bergland's Thief River Falls High School boys hockey team. The Prowlers are headed to the Minnesota Class A state tournament after winning the Section 8A tournament last week. The Powlers average 3.8 goals a game—a far cry from the season's opening 10 games, when they totaled 16 goals.
David Marvin received a big pre-Christmas surprise. Shortly before the holidays, former Grand Forks all-state goaltender Quinn Kuntz transferred to Warroad. The junior has made a strong team even stronger as Warroad takes a 22-3-2 record and the No. 1 seed into today's quarterfinals of the Class A state tournament.
One thing Trevor Page hasn't had to deal with this season is grumbling about not enough playing time. There is more than enough ice time to go around on his Red Lake Falls High School boys hockey team. With only 12 players on the roster, and no junior varsity team to offer reinforcements, every player sees significant ice time. "You can see sometimes on their faces that they probably need a break during games,'' said Page, in his seventh season as the RLF head coach. "This is, by far, the lowest numbers we've had out.
The Thief River Falls school district has handed its boys hockey program a one-week suspension. The suspension began Monday. High school superintendent Bradley Bergstrom said the program forfeited a junior varsity game Tuesday and will forfeit varsity games against Crookston on Thursday and St. Cloud Cathedral on Saturday. The action was taken after the school district hired an independent investigator in response to allegations of inappropriate behavior against the high school teams.
East Grand Forks Senior High has filled its vacant boys head hockey coach from within. On Tuesday morning, Senior High athletic director Scott Koberinski announced that he will take over as the Green Wave boys hockey coach.
WARROAD - At the pace the puck was flying into the net, Dixon Bowen didn’t think he had the game-winning goal. “I thought it was going to be more of a high-scoring game,’’ the East Grand Forks Senior High forward said. As it turned out, however, Bowen’s goal that broke a 2-2 tie late in the first period was the final score. The top-seeded Green Wave scored a 3-2 win against No. 4 Detroit Lakes on Saturday in the semifinals of the Minnesota Section 8A boys high school hockey tournament. Bowen scored with 1:13 remaining in the first period.