Spoilers upend West Fargo
Spoilers use three-goal third period to fuel win
This year Grafton-Park River (G-PR) has had a history of coming from behind and making things exciting.
They did just that Saturday afternoon at the Centennial Center in their second-to-last home game of the regular season against the West Fargo Packers.
The Spoilers found themselves trailing 2-0 on Saturday just 3:27 into the second period.
West Fargo jumped on the board first at the 15:56 mark of the first period with a goal by Nick Salquist, assisted by Austen Larson and Tyler Dolan.
They then made it a 2-0 lead as Salquist scored his second goal of the afternoon, at the 3:27 mark of the second period. Larson and Dolan also set up that goal for the Packers.
“We weren’t playing the way that we can,” coach Scott Petersen said.
G-PR then took over both ends of the ice, not giving up a goal but going on a four-goal streak to put the Packers at bay.
Grant Schumacher scored at 10:51 on a pass from Ben Thompson.
The game remained 2-1 throughout the last half of the period, and for the first 1:30 of the third period.
Levi Cudmore tied the game at 1:35 on a setup play by Jess Suda and Jade Miller, sliding it past Packer goalie Bailey Vareburg.
Brett Longtin then found the hot hand at the midway point of the third period.
“I put the game on his shoulders late in the game,” Petersen said. “And he went out and did what he was supposed to do.”
Petersen said Longtin’s play has earned him a bigger role.
“We will be naming him a captain,” Petersen said.
Longtin picked up his first of two goals at the 6:12 mark of the third period, assisted by Miller and Marek Klement.
Then, at the 10:16 mark of the third, G-PR put the game on ice when Longtin picked up his second goal. That goal was assisted by Miller and senior goalie Zach Nelson.
Nelson finished the game with 21 saves, while Vareberg finished with 29 saves.
The Spoilers will host the Fargo North Spartans Thursday at the Centennial Center.
After Saturday’s victory, G-PR is in sole possession of second place with 19 points, behind Fargo Davies in first place with 21 points in the EDC.