Aaron Myers did all the Thief River Falls scoring as the Prowlers closed out the 13th annual Ralph Engelstad Arena Holiday Classic boys high school hockey match-ups with a 4-2 Thursday afternoon win over Fort Frances, Ont.
With Christian Larson out of the line-up following a Tuesday night injury in a 7-2 Day 2 loss to St. Paul Academy and Summit School, Myers took charge of the Prowlers’ top line. Zach Lee assisted on three of the goals. Hunter Larson inherited the duties at the other wing in Christian Larson’s absence.
The first three Myers goals were shorthanded tallies and the junior center’s final marker came just two seconds after another Thief River Falls penalty expired.
Myers’ first goal came just 2:28 into the opening period.
He scored again about the same time in the second period – at 2:11 – for a 2-0 Thief River Falls lead.
Fort Frances came back to tie it on a pair of goals by Chase McGuire at 10:04 and 14:46, with the second one coming on a power play.
Matching the early strikes in the first and second periods, Myers notched the game-winner at 2:23 of the final stanza and added an insurance marker just 68 seconds later.
Myers shared the Thief River Falls spotlight with goalie Nick Corneliusen, who kept Fort Frances at bay as the Muskies out-shot the Prowlers 34-13.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Prowlers, who finished the 2016 portion of their 2016-17 season with a 5-6 record. They return to action with a Thursday, Jan. 5, game at Moorhead.
St. Paul Academy and Summit School and Chippewa Falls, Wis. both completed 3-0 REA runs with final-day wins.
The Spartans gave up the first goal of the game, then carried play the rest of the way to beat Fargo North 8-1.
Four goals in a 4 1/2 minute span late in the third period shattered a 2-2 tie and carried the Cardinals past Crookston 6-2.
TRF – Fort Frances
First period – TRF, Aaron Myers (Zach Lee), 2:28.
Second period – TRF, Myers, 2:11; FF, Chase McGuire, 10:04; FF, McGuire (Eric Pitkanen), 14:46.
Third period – TRF, Myers (Lee), 2:23; TRF, Myers (Lee), 3:31.
Goalie saves – TRF, Nick Corneliusen 32; FF, Spencer Murphy 9.
SPA – Fargo North
First period – FN, Caleb Fritel (Dustin Houska), 4:59; SPA, Matt Dahlseide (Dominic Picciano), 5:57; SPA, Jack Johnston, 16:28.
Second period – SPA, Weston Lombard (Noel Parker), 3:24; SPA, Picciano (Dahlseide, Parker), 8:16; SPA, Dahlseide (Lombard), 13:07; SPA, Dahlseide (Sam Petronio, Quinn Appert), 16:02; SPA, Johnston, 16:45.
Third period – SPA, Picciano (Will Rathmanner, Dahlseide), 5:40.
Goalie saves – SPA, Danny Reich 13; FN, Peter Griffin 23.
Chippewa Falls – Crookston
First period – Crookston, Ethan Magsam (Lauro Gutierrez, Tanner Reinhart), 7:45; CF, Jordan Steinmetz, 10:37.
Second period – Crookston, Andrew Dragseth (Dane Anderson, Ben Trostad), 5:46; CF, Jack Schimmel (Steinmetz), 6:55.
Third period – CF, Tyler Bohland, Cole Koxlien), 11:26; CF, Chase
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