Sometimes it just happens. For whatever reason, one team just has an advantage in head to head matchups with another team. Moorhead has given Grand Rapids fits for years and the Thunderhawks hope to reverse that trend on the road Saturday night.
The Spuds were on a bit of a hot streak prior to their 6-1 loss to No. 3 Benilde-St. Margaret’s on Thursday night. Prior to the loss, Moorhead had won eight straight games including two straight overtime wins over Brainerd and Centennial. Grand Rapids is currently riding a six game winning streak.
No. 11 Grand Rapids (17-3-1) travels to Moorhead to take on the 12th-ranked Spuds (14-5-1) in a battle of highly ranked teams. The puck is set to drop at the Moorhead Sports Center at 7:30 p.m.
Moorhead came to Grand Rapids and defeated the Thunderhawks 4-1 while outshooting them 43-18. Travis Underwood scored the lone goal for Rapids and Patrick Moore earned an assist. Aaron Foss got the nod between the pipes and kicked out 39 shots. Game story
-Bryant Christian leads Moorhead with 27 points, the next closest player has 17. Grand Rapids has five players with more than 17 points.
-The Grand Rapids power play is scoring 29.6% of the time. Moorhead’s scores 21.3% of the time on theirs.
-Moorhead’s Michael Bitzer has the third best save percentage in the state and he is tied for sixth in the state in wins with 14.
-Grand Rapids scores 5.14 goals per game. Moorhead scores just 3.35 goals per game.
-Grand Rapids has scored 30 or more goals in every period this season. Moorhead hasn’t scored more than 28 in any period.
Patrick Moore 16 goals, 32 assists = 48 points
Travis Underwood 14 g, 25a = 39 points
Nate Mondry 16g, 11a = 27 points
Zach Dick 5g, 18a = 23 points
Jake Bischoff 4g, 15a = 19 points
Bryant Christian 10g, 17a = 27p
Eric Brenk 10g, 7a = 17p
Logan Ness 10g, 7a = 17p
Terry Leabo 2g, 12a = 14p
Jacob Uglem 0g, 14a = 14p
Dom DeGuiseppi 12-2-0, 2.59 GAA, .896 Save %, 1 SO
Aaron Foss 5-1-1, 2.21 GAA, .891 Save %, 1 SO
Michael Bitzer 14-5-1, 2.04 GAA, .933 Save % (3rd in state), 2 SO
Bemidji – Grand Rapids 7-2 W, Moorhead 1-1 T
Roseau – Grand Rapids 6-5 W, Moorhead 2-1 L & 6-1 W
Brainerd – Grand Rapids 9-2 W, Moorhead 3-2 W & 6-5 (OT) W
Duluth East – Grand Rapids 2-1 L, Moorhead 6-0 L
Eden Prairie – Grand Rapids 9-5 L, Moorhead 4-0 L
Warroad – Grand Rapids 8-3 W, Moorhead 3-1 W