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.”
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|Miami - LP: M. Dunn||1||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: D. Carpenter||3|
|Arizona - WP: T. Cahill||7||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: P. Strop||5|
|San Francisco - WP: J. Machi||12||FINAL|
|Colorado - LP: C. Bettis||10|
|Texas - WP: M. Perez||3||FINAL|
|Oakland - LP: S. Gray||0|
|Houston - LP: J. Fields||3||FINAL|
|Seattle - WP: F. Rodney||5|
|Cincinnati||1||Top 4th Inning|
|LA Angels||0||Bottom 4th Inning|
|Kansas City||2||Bottom 4th Inning|
|Baltimore||3||Top 4th Inning|
|Chicago WSox||2||Bottom 4th Inning|
|St. Louis||1||Top 4th Inning|
|Minnesota||0||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|NY Yankees||0||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|San Diego - T. Ross||7:10 PM|
|Milwaukee - K. Lohse|
|Philadelphia - C. Hamels||9:10 PM|
|Los Angeles - Z. Greinke|
|Charlotte||41||2nd Qtr 1:56|
|St. Louis||8:30 PM|
|Houston||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Red Bull New York||2|
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