Adam Johnson (3) and Tanner Mack (19) race to the puck crossing the blue line. Mack opened up the second period with three goals in under five minutes helping the Green Wave cruise to a 7-2 win over the Eagles. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine
Sophomore forward Landon Parker (9) looks for an opening in the lane. Parker scored first for East Grand Forks in a 7-2 win over Totino Grace on Friday night. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine
Tanner Mack had never recorded a hat trick before. Not in high school, anyways.
When Mack charged into the second period Friday night at Brooklyn Park Activity Center and pounded home three goals in less than 5 minutes with machine-like tact, the senior forward made it look routine.
Mack’s three tallies, strung together in succession early in the middle period, assembled the purest of hat tricks, and placed East Grand Forks on sound footing en route to an eventual 7-2 thrashing of Totino-Grace.
Tanner Mack poured in three goals in a span of less than five minutes in the second period Friday night to ignite East Grand Forks past host Totino-Grace 7-2 at Brooklyn Park Activity Center.
Trailing by a goal after the first period, the Green Wave went to work with an aggressive forecheck immediately in the second to set the tone the rest of the way. East Grand Forks, ranked No. 6 in the Class 1A coaches’ association poll, used its speed and physicality to wear down Totino-Grace, leading to the Green Wave outshooting the Eagles 42-21.
Mack finished with five points for the Green Wave (4-0).
Totino-Grace’s two scores came in the first period when the Eagles (0-2) were able to cash in with the man advantage early. Kyle Heffron scored 8 seconds into a power play at 4:03. The second led to the Eagles briefly reclaiming the lead when Adam Johnson scored on the power play with 25 seconds left in the period.
Tucker Brown manned the crease for Green Wave and settled in to shut out the Eagles over the final two periods. Brown finished with 18 saves.
Kyle Heffron (23) took advantage of a Green Wave penalty early in the first period to put the Eagles up 1-0. Totino-Grace added one more power-play goal in the first period but fell to East Grand Forks 7-2. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine
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