Whether shooting from the forehand or backhand, Haley Mack held the upper hand.
Mack, a sophomore forward, scored four goals as No. 1 seed East Grand Forks dispatched fellow girls’ hockey state tournament newcomer Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 8-1 in Wednesday’s Class 1A quarterfinal.
Four goals and one assist added to Mack’s school-record total for points in a season, which now stands at 79.
“Anytime she gets around the net, she has that ability to finish,” Green Wave coach Jim Scanlan said. “Natural goal-scorers just seem to be able to do those things.”
Mack scored twice as East Grand Forks (25-2-1) led 2-0 at the first intermission at Xcel Energy Center, helping the team overcome nerves and tentative play.
“We knew it would be a big challenge, so we were hoping we’d get the first goal and continue on,” Mack said.
Continue the Green Wave did. Tiffany Hanson scored only 1:18 into the second period for a 3-0 lead.
Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato (10-18) struck back as Kennedy Sommerfeld tapped a rebound home and cut the lead to 3-1.
But East Grand Forks countered with goals from Alexa Mack and Riley Koberinski only 41 seconds apart. Haley Mack pushed the lead to 6-1 as she completed the hat trick in the second period.
“She’s stepped up,” Scanlan said. “It’s a bigger stage and I think she kind of relishes those challenges.”
David La Vaque
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