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Moorhead High boys hockey team wins high-scoring game against Warroad

February 7, 2019

Moorhead High’s Isaac Henkemeyer-Howe stands ready for a face off against Warroad during second period action of the boys hockey game at the Moorhead Sports Center on Feb. 2. Henkemeyer-Howe scored two goals and two assists, and Kyler Kleven scored two goals and one assist to lead the Spuds in scoring in the 9-5 win over the Warriors.

Both of these seniors, along with Gavin Fullmer, Thomas Horan, Ethan Miller, Nick Searls and Nolan Westra, were honored at senior night and treated their fans to a high-scoring yet somewhat roller coaster of a game.

Moorhead scored two fast goals in the first three minutes of the game with a goal by Lukas Feir (assists by Michael Overbo and Caden Triggs) at the 2:21 mark and a goal when Kleven stuffed a rebound (assist by Henkemeyer-Howe) just 16 seconds later.

The Warriors were slow getting started as they did not send a shot at goalie Ethan Miller until six minutes into the game when Moorhead had two goals and 10 shots on goal already.

At the 7:56 mark, Cullen Gess scored from a pass by Carter Johnson to make the score 3-0. Warroad answered with a goal on a weird deflection that got by Miller at the 14:34 mark of the first period.

Coach Jon Ammerman said the Spuds really challenged the Warrod defensemen in the first period. There were 12 shots on goal by the Spuds in the first period compared to five by the Warriors.

Henkemeyer-Howe got his first goal of the game in the second period. On a feed from Feir he went low on the right and put one past the goalie at the 5:42 mark, making it 4-1. Warroad again answered with two goals in less than two minutes to cut the lead to one goal.

Moorhead got hot and scored three goals in the last half of the second period. Carter Johnson scored on a feed from Maccoy Gregoire. Overbo (assist Triggs) added another goal 19 seconds later, and then he added a second goal (assists Triggs and Feir) at the 16:21 mark to put the Spuds up by four going into the break. Moorhead put 13 more shots on goal during the second, and the Warriors had four.

Again the Warriors responded as they popped in a pair at the 3:27 mark and 41 seconds later. Kleven said the Spuds had times where they were playing well, but also times where they let the Warriors back in the game.

Kleven (assists Henkemeyer-Howe and Kai Holm) strengthened the Spud lead with a goal at 5:21 remaining and Henkemeyer-Howe (assists Westra and Kleven) added one more for good measure at the 1:54 mark to lead the Spuds to the 9-5 win.

The Spuds put 13 more shots at the Warrior goalie for a total of 38. In the third period, Miller only saw the two shots that scored from the Warriors. Miller saved six of 11 shots for the game.

Moorhead improved to No. 13 and to the top of Class 2A after they shutout the Lumberjacks 3-0 in Bemidji on Feb. 1, in a game rescheduled from Jan. 29. The Spuds are at 9-1-1 in their last 11 games. The 15-6-1 Spuds will play in St. Cloud at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 9. They play their final regular season home game against Brainerd at 7 p.m. Feb. 12.

Photo: Bill Grover

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