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Grand Rapids Hockey vs Duluth East 2018-Highlights

Grand Rapids Hockey vs Duluth East-Jan 15 2018-Last year's State Champion Grand Rapids face off against #1 ranked Duluth East in Grand Rapids at IRA Arena. Greyhounds defeat Thunderhawks 3 to 1. The Grand Rapids boys hockey team fell to Duluth East, 3-1, Monday at the IRA Civic Center in Grand Rapids. The Greyhounds out shot the Thunderhawks 56-10, including putting 23 shots on goal in the second period, but Grand Rapids goalie Gabe Holum made 53 saves to limit Duluth East to just a goal in each period. Grand Rapids coach Chris Marinucci said he’s continued to see improvement across the board for the Thunderhawks, especially in their defensive zone, but the team still needs to find more ways to generate offensive opportunities. “We have been working on our d-coverage a lot and it’s starting to show,” he said. “You look at the three goals we give up against Duluth East, if would have played them earlier this season it’s going to be more than that. “Obviously, puck possession was a problem for us. It’s tough, but we have to be more opportunistic and we didn’t do that real well. We really have to bear down when we get the puck. And when we get a puck at the net there’s no traffic in front of the goalie so it’s something we have to address.” A constant all season for the Thunderhawks has been Holum in goal. Marinucci said his play has been key in keeping games like Tuesday’s close. “Gabe is a big part of our team, but he’ still just one player and he’s been doing his job and keeping us in games,” he said. “That’s been a big benefit for us.” Garrett Worth put the Greyhounds on the board at 3:53 in the first period. Worth added his second goal at 5:28 in the second period. In the third period, Duluth East extended its lead to 3-0 with a score from Nick Lanigan at 5:28. Grand Rapids broke through with a goal from Nano DeGuiseppi with two and a half minutes remaining in the game. The Thunderhawks went 0-for-5 on the power play, while Duluth East was unable to capitalize on its four chances with the man-advantage. Grand Rapids (3-12-1) played another Section 7AA opponent, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton (11-5-1), on the road Tuesday and they head to Hibbing/Chisholm (5-7) Thursday. After a game next Tuesday at Duluth Marshall, the Thunderhawks will host their final six games at home, something Marinucci said is going to be a much needed bonus to close out the regular season. “It’ll be nice,” he said. “We’ve played so many games on the road this season so it will be nice to have those final six games at home.” Duluth East 3, Grand Rapids 1 DE 1 1 1 - 3 GR 0 0 1 - 1 First period: 1, DE, Garrett Worth (Ian Mageau, Ryder Donovan), 3:43. Second period: 2, DE, Worth (Donovan, Parker Kleive), 5:28. Third period: 3, DE, Nick Lanigan (Frederick Hunter Paine, Logan Anderson), 4:15; 4, GR, Nano DeGuiseppi (Jack Burnson), 13:29. Saves: GR, Gabe Holum 53; DE, Parker Kleive 9. Kyle Nelson Grand Rapids Herald Review

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