Century downs Fargo North in 3OTGRAND FORKS — There won’t be another surprise run to the North Dakota state boys hockey championship for Fargo North this season.
By: Tom Miller, Forum News Service
GRAND FORKS — There won’t be another surprise run to the North Dakota state boys hockey championship for Fargo North this season.
Bismarck Century’s Chris Brown redirected a Mason Przybilla shot in triple overtime to give the Patriots a 3-2 victory over the defending state champion Spartans in the quarterfinals of the state tournament on Thursday at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
The Patriots, the No. 1 seed from the West Region, advance to the semifinals of the state tournament for the third time in school history. Century also advanced to the semifinals in 2002 and 2010.
Century, who improved to 20-6, will play Grafton-Park River 30 minutes after the 6:30 p.m. semifinal tonight.
“This is pretty special,” Brown said. “It was a great atmosphere and a great game to play in.”
For Fargo North, it was disappointment. The Spartans hadn’t lost to a team other than Grand Forks Red River since Jan. 15.
“We didn’t bring our A game,” North coach Rob Aasand said. “They had a step on us everywhere. They had the energy and we didn’t.”
On the game-winning goal at 33 seconds of the third overtime, Alec Rauhauser found Przybilla, who put a shot on net where Brown was camped out in front of North goalie Christian Coleman.
“No one was on me, and I could hear the goalie yelling ‘man on goal,’” Brown said. “I just had to tip it through his wickets.”
Grand Forks Red River blanks Jamestown
Going up against a heavy favorite, Jamestown coach Matt Stockert knew his team needed a favorable bounce or two.
Instead, the Blue Jays were on the wrong end of the puck luck and not much else went right for the No. 4 seed from the West Region.
Grand Forks Red River leading scorer Jacob Benson bounced a centering pass off a Jamestown defender in the first period for his first of two goals as the Roughriders beat the Blue Jays 6-0.
No. 1 seed Red River plays Fargo Davies at 6:30 p.m. in tonight’s first semifinal. The Blue Jays will play in the consolation semifinals at 11 a.m. in the Olympic Arena.
“To start the game, we were nervous,” Red River coach Bill Chase said. “It didn’t matter who we were playing. We had to get that first hit out of the way and get back to the way we want to play.”
Fargo Davies tops Minot 6-2 in quarterfinals
The Fargo Davies boys hockey team will have a chance at history tonight.
The young program has never won a semifinal at the North Dakota state boys hockey tournament.
The Eagles were provided that opportunity as Chris Sigurdson scored two goals to lead Davies to a 6-2 victory over Minot.
The Eagles, who improved to 20-5, will face Grand Forks Red River in the state semifinals at 6:30 tonight.
“We’ve played them three times now, so we know what we’re getting into,” Sigurdson said. “We know we have to have a real good game. We have to up our intensity from today.”
Against Minot, Davies took the lead for good at 12 minutes, 52 seconds of the first period when Cole Wurzer tapped in a goal from the high slot to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead.
Grafton-Park River tops Bismarck High in double OT
Grafton-Park River defeated Bismarck High 4-3 in double overtime. Game story was not available by press time.