East Grand Forks Senior High is headed to the Minnesota Section 8A championship game.
Playing in its home of the East Grand Forks Civic Center, the top-seeded Green Wave overwhelmed Detroit Lakes 4-0 in Saturday night's semifinal to earn a trip back to the section title game.
"It's where we've wanted to be from the start of the year," EGF coach Tyler Palmiscno said. "We know we're going to have to play a solid 51 minutes in the final. That's the way it is and that's the way it should be."
The Green Wave dominated their opponents in both their quarterfinal and semifinal games, outscoring them 13-0 and outshooting them 125-10 but Saturday's game wasn't out of reach until the third period.
Senior High outshot Detroit Lakes 35-4 through the first two periods, but only had a 1-0 lead to show for it. The Green Wave scored three times in the opening 6:30 of the final period to take over.
"I thought DL played really hard and we had to earn it," Palmiscno said. "We did a good job playing from the dots down, getting pucks to the net. Their goalie made it tough on us through two periods. In the third, we made a couple little extra passes around the net and we wore them out a little bit."
Detroit Lakes sophomore goalie Jack Hines stopped 45 Green Wave shots.
Cole Avery, Mason Poolman and Landon Parker all delivered three-point games for the Green Wave. Avery had two goals and an assist, Poolman had a goal and two assists, while Parker had three assists. Josh Nelson also scored for Senior High.
Tucker Brown posted his third-consecutive shutout by stopping all nine Laker shots. His shutout streak is now at 198:54 minutes going back to a Feb. 9 game against Alexandria. His shutout wins have come against Thief River Falls, Red Lake Falls and Detroit Lakes.
East Grand Forks got on the board at 5:22 of the first period on a goal by Avery.
The Green Wave outscored the Lakers 9-0 on the season. They beat Detroit Lakes 5-0 on Jan. 12, the lone regular-season meeting between the teams.
Detroit Lakes ends the season with an overall record of 17-7-2.
The Green Wave (18-8) will take on Warroad at 7 p.m. Thursday in the East Grand Forks Civic Center. The Warriors defeated Thief River Falls 2-1 in overtime in the other semifinal.
(Tribune sports editor Robert Williams contributed to this story)
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E - Cole Avery (even strength) (Tanner Mack, Mason Poolman)
E - Josh Nelson (even strength) (Landon Parker, Mason Poolman)
E - Mason Poolman (even strength) (Landon Parker, Cole Avery)
E - Cole Avery (even strength) (Landon Parker, Luke Vonesh)