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Sophomore Zach Yon scoring third goal of the night Tuesday

Quite the debut

By John Peterson, 11/30/11, 3:02AM CST


Sophomore Zach Yon scores four times in season opener

In the Roseau Rams’ season opener the sophomores shined, accounting for five goals and six assists in a 6-6 tie at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls Tuesday against the Prowlers.
In a back-and-forth thriller that saw three lead changes, Rams sophomore forwards Zach Yon and Alex Strand had a big night in their first varsity game. Yon picked up a hat-trick just 20:43 into the hockey game, with his third goal coming at 3:43 of the second period, en route to a four goal game and a five point night. Strand added assists on three of Yon’s goals and notched four helpers in total, including the setup pass to linemate Alex Halstensgard’s one-timer power play goal in the third period.
Although Roseau found the net six times Tuesday night, they struggled to keep the Prowlers’ offense at bay. Thief River Falls was led by Senior winger Evan Ose, who also picked up a hat-trick.  Ose’s dramatic goal with 20 seconds left in the third period tied the game at six with the Prowlers’ net empty. Neither team was able to score in overtime.
Rams junior defenseman Tanner Okeson added a goal and an assist in the game, and Ben Vatnsdal, Corey Olson and Jack Helgeson each picked up assists. Senior goaltender Jared Strand stopped 19 of 25 Prowlers shots.
The next game for Roseau will be Friday against the Blaine Bengals in the Rams’ home opener at Memorial Arena. It should be an exciting rematch of last year’s battle between the two teams down in Blaine, but will have a tough time matching the drama of Tuesday night’s thriller in Thief River Falls in the season opener.