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Special teams play carries Moorhead past Benilde-St. Margaret's

By BSMHockey.com, 01/07/17, 11:50PM CST


Four Spud power-play goals prove to be Red Knights' undoing.

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Five of Moorhead's six goals came via special teams, including three second-period power-play goals, as the 18th-ranked Spuds down Benilde-St. Margaret's, 6-1.

The Red Knights got a five-minute power-play opportunity just 71 seconds into the game but were unable to capitalize on the opportunity and, despite a 7-5 edge in shots on goal in the opening frame, saw themselves trailing 1-0 at the first intermission as Carter Randklev scored on the power play with 24 seconds remaining in the period.

Moorhead then took advantage of a series of penalties on BSM in the second period, scoring three more power-play goals in just over four minutes as the Spuds took a commanding 4-0 lead into the second intermission.

That lead was stretched to five goals just two minutes, three seconds into the third period when Randklev turned a Red Knight turnover into a short-handed breakaway and goal.

Two minutes later Moorhead got it's lone even-strength goal of the night when Parker Dronen notched his first career marker.

The Red Knights finally got on the scoreboard with 6:41 to play when Max Jablonski sent the puck out of his own end and up the right side to Matthew Kocourek, who gained the red line before dumping the puck into the Spuds' zone.

Jordan Roo raced into the right corner and won a battle for the puck, which he passed back to Kocourek in the right circle and, after finding an opening through the Moorhead defense, he deked goalie Lance Leonard and deposited the puck into the Spuds' net for his first career goal.

The Red Knights will return to action Tuesday, for the second of three consecutive road games when they face Chanhassen in their first Metro West Conference game of the season. Opening faceoff at the Victoria Recreation Center is slated for 7 p.m.