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
|Philadelphia - LP: K. Kendrick||2||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: Z. Wheeler||11|
|Milwaukee - WP: Y. Gallardo||5||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: D. Price||0|
|Arizona - WP: W. Miley||5||FINAL|
|Cincinnati - LP: A. Simon||4|
|Washington - WP: T. Roark||4||FINAL|
|Miami - LP: B. Hand||3|
|Oakland - LP: J. Hammel||1||FINAL|
|Houston - WP: D. Keuchel||8|
|Pittsburgh||5||Bottom 7th Inning|
|LA Angels - G. Richards||6:05 PM|
|Baltimore - K. Gausman|
|Seattle - F. Hernandez||6:05 PM|
|Cleveland - C. Kluber|
|Chicago WSox - H. Noesi||6:08 PM|
|Detroit - M. Scherzer|
|Toronto - M. Buehrle||6:10 PM|
|Boston - B. Workman|
|Colorado - B. Anderson||7:05 PM|
|Chicago Cubs - T. Wood|
|NY Yankees - H. Kuroda||7:05 PM|
|Texas - C. Lewis|
|Minnesota - P. Hughes||7:10 PM|
|Kansas City - D. Duffy|
|Atlanta - A. Wood||9:10 PM|
|Los Angeles - Z. Greinke|
|St. Louis - J. Kelly||9:10 PM|
|San Diego - J. Hahn|
|NY Giants||8/3/14 7:00 PM|
|Toronto FC||6:00 PM|
|Vancouver FC||7:30 PM|
|Red Bull New York||8:00 PM|
|Real Salt Lake|
|Winnipeg||7/31/14 6:00 PM|
|Toronto||8/1/14 6:00 PM|
|Brt Columbia||8/1/14 9:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||8/2/14 6:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||8/7/14 7:30 PM|