Boys' hockey: Titans calm Zephyrs

Jackson picks up four

 

In what has become a traditional last matchup of the regular season, the Duluth East Greyhounds ran away from the Titans Feb. 16 at Tartan Arena. 

The Greyhounds, sporting a season mark of 20-4, moved their mark over the Titans (now 21-4-1) one step closer to a berth in the annual Class AA state classic

The 3-0 shutout marks just the second time Tartan has been blanked all  year. 

Good defense

"We play good defense," Duluth East coach Mike Randolph said. "We have been up to the task of killing penalties all year long. But Tartan was a good test for us. They have a good club."

"Good defense" was an understatement. At one point in the game the Greyhounds skated off a 5-minute major penalty without allowing the Titans a shot on goal. Duluth East is also just over 97 percent on the penalty kill this year. 

"There is not much doubt about the fact they play good defense," said Tartan co-head coach Jim McElmury. "That aspect of their game has been a cornerstone for them all year long. We had some good chances but we couldn't find the back of their net." 

The final shots on goal tally: 31-17 in favor of the Greyhounds. 

Power plays count

Two of the three Duluth East goals came on power plays. 

The opening goal came just 51 seconds into the second period on a power play. 

The second tally was also on a power play as the Greyhounds handled the puck with precision in the Tartan end. They found pay dirt at 10:51 for a 2-0 count that sent play into the third period. 

The final goal for Duluth East came just after they skated off the 5-minute penalty, at 4:40 in the third period. 

The Greyhounds (1) open Section 7AA play Feb. 21, while Tartan (3) will play the opening round of Section 4AA at 5 p.m. Feb. 23 against Roseville at Aldrich Arena. 
 

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