Senior All-State goaltender Ben Dardis stopped 40 shots to help drive Mahtomedi to a 5-0 victory over visiting East Grand Forks Friday night at St. Croix Valley Rec Center.
Outshot heavily from the onset, Dardis was the backbone as Mahtomedi weathered a tenuous opening period before the Zephyrs, ranked No. 3 in Class 1A according to this week’s Let’s Play Hockey coaches’ poll, came to life in the second period.
David Wolsfeld scored the first of his two goals on the night a little more than two minutes into the second period, and 58 seconds later the Zephyrs (3-1) added another when Brent Gulenchyn added a second to steer the direction of the game to an alternate course. Carter Haycraft added a short-handed goal later in the period, and it further worked to frustrate East Grand Forks (1-2) despite the advantage in shots, zone time and puck possession.
Wolsfeld notched his second goal of the game and fifth of the season midway through the third, and Grant Dardis scored late to ice the victory for Mahtomedi in a game the Zephyrs were outshot at a greater than two-to-one advantage (40-19).
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