Story by Hunter Plante of UMC Athletics –
In front of a masked crowd at the ICON Sports Center in South Grand Forks, the University of Minnesota Crookston hockey team used a hat-trick from Grand Forks native Cam Olstad (So., F, Grand Forks, N.D.), four points from fellow Grand Forks native Tyler Zahradka (Fr., F, Grand Forks, N.D.) and three points from Casey Kallock (Jr., D, East Grand Forks, Minn.) to cruise past the University of North Dakota on Friday night, 8-1.
Zach Larson (Fr., F, Grand Forks, N.D.) gave the Golden Eagles a 1-0 lead at 8:44 of the first period off of a beautiful cross-ice feed from Kallock.
Just two minutes later, Brian Bekkala (Sr., F, Livonia, Mich.) one-timed the pass from Ben Trostad (Jr., D, Crookston) past the Fighting Hawks goaltender for a 2-0 lead.
Zahradka would then give the Golden Eagles a 3-0 lead off of a Brandon Boetcher (Fr., F, Crookston) assist.
The first 20 minutes would end with the maroon and gold leading 3-0.
The second period might as well have been called the Olstad period. Olstad would score the only two goals of the second period. The first goal in the second period would come at 11:27 of the second period with assists going to Bekkala and Tristan Morneault (Fr., F, Diepe, New Brunswick).
Olstad would then score on a breakaway shorthanded at 17:20 of the second period to put the Golden Eagles up 5-0.
Olstad would cap off his career night with his first career hat-trick just 36 seconds into the third period off the feed from Zahradka. Kallock would get the second assist. Minnesota Crookston would score two more goals in the final period. North Dakota would get on the board late in the third period with a goal from the blue line.
UMC improves to 3-7 on the year and will take on the Fighting Hawks at 10:00 a.m. at Purpur Arena in Grand Forks on Saturday.