The Firebirds boys hockey team had everything working in their game against Grafton-Park River Thursday night, shutting the Spoilers down 9-0 to put their record at 9-3.

The Firebirds boys hockey team had everything working in their game against Grafton-Park River Thursday night, shutting the Spoilers down 9-0 to put their record at 9-3.


Grafton-Park River, which came into the matchup with a 2-8 record, was no match for a Firebirds team that has won five of their nine games by shutout this season and scored two goals in the first four minutes of play.


Though Devils Lake dominated, head coach Jens Stokke said that he still sees a bit of room for improvement.


“Our first period, we pumped in those two goals in the first five minutes then really slowed down, started playing more selfish hockey,” Stokke said. “We got away from our team game.”


After making a few adjustments during the first intermission, the Firebirds once again came out strong, scoring three more goals in the first 5:15 of the second to put them ahead 5-0.


Though Devils Lake had its way with Grafton-Park River Thursday night, Stokke is focused on the upcoming matchup on the road at Fargo Davies. The Eagles came to Devils Lake and got the best of the Firebirds on Dec. 3, winning 6-2 in a game that Stokke and his team badly wants to make up for.


“If I could take one game back this year, that would be the game. I’m definitely waiting for this game coming up with Davies,” Stokke said. “I know the boys are ready for some revenge. We didn’t play our best hockey.”


Stokke went on to say that his team didn’t stick to the team hockey philosophy in their first game against Davies, which also comes into next Friday’s matchup with a 9-3 record after dropping their Thursday night game against Grand Forks Red River.
After Thursday’s win, the Firebirds look like a well-oiled machine heading into next week’s matchup.


Defender Carson Lovin led the Firebirds with a hat trick on three even strength goals, while forward Tommy Reslock notched four points on a goal and three assists. Defender Matthew Boren was active all night, assisting on four goals.


Goalkeeper Wyatt Ness recorded another shutout on 17 saves, while the Firebirds peppered the Park River goal all night, putting 61 shots on net.


Asked if his team was ready for the upcoming revenge game against Fargo Davies, Stokke didn’t hesitate.
“I know they are.”