ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. -- Grand Rapids scored three power-play goals and the third-ranked Thunderhawks handed No. 20 Benilde-St. Margaret's a 5-0 defeat.
The Red Knights kept their guests off the scoreboard through the game's first period but a three-goal second period, which included a pair of power-play tallies, by Grand Rapids sent the visitors on their way.
"Before the game, we told the kids we simply cannot get into a special teams battle with Grand Rapids, BSM head coach Ken Pauly said. "We did and we paid for it. We better learn from that because it won't get easier this week."
The Thunderhawks added a third power-play goal during a five-minute power-play in the third period and rounded out the scoring when Micah Miller scored his second goal of the game with two minutes, 38 seconds to play in the game.
Senior goalie Peyton Melin made his varsity debut in the defeat, stopping 20 shots.
The shutout loss was the first in 30 games for the Red Knights, who were last kept off the scoreboard in a 1-0 loss to Eden Prairie, Feb. 21, 2015, in a Section 6AA semifinal defeat.
"I was very pleased with much of our five-on-five play today. Our guys did a very good job in our zone and on faceoffs. Those are the little-big things that will help us move forward."
"No one likes the a goose egg, but we knew that could be an early struggle," Pauly said. "We just need to keep looking for the right chemistry on our lines and our team needs to commit to our approach. We are not getting a passing grade at this point."
Despite the five-goal loss, Pauly said he saw some positives.
"The great news is that we see things that we can build off," he said. "I was really pleased with the play of Bronson McLeod on the blueline. He's developing into a real leader back there."
Joe Collins recorded a game-high six shots on goal.
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