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                         2017-18 North Dakota High School Hockey

                                         [as of 12/16/17  -  12:20 am]

      Bob Gillen - N.D. State High School Hockey Statistician [19th Year]


Fargo North
            2 - 1 - 0    =   3        12 - 13 - 9    =   34
W.F. Packers           2 - 0 - 0    =           9  -  7  - 4    =   20

Fargo North finally got to play a team that was not undefeated or ranked and the Spartans picked up their first win of the year with a 3-2 road win behind Chandler Ibach's game winning goal early in the second period.  Jack Dorsher picked up two assists and Ryley Pladsen had 18 saves on 20 shots.  West Fargo fell behind 2-0 midway through the first but rallied with two goals in the final 2:30 of the first period to tie the game.  Brayden Jacobson had both goals within two minutes of each other.  North moves to 1-4 in the region while the Packers drop to 1-3 in the region.

G.F. Central             
1 - 1 - 0 - 0  =   2        11 - 8 - 8 - 1   =  28
G.F. Red River          2 - 0 - 0 - 0  =   2         7 - 5 - 5 - 3    =  20

**Red River wins shoot out to earn 2 of 3 points for the East Region Standings  

The battle of Grand Forks did not disappoint as the Knights and Riders played into Overtime before going to the fourth round of the shoot out.  Red River won 2-1 in the shoot out with Tyler Savage getting the goal to earn Red River the extra point in the standings.  The Knights still earn one point in the standings.    Cole Hanson and Kyler Briske scored for Central while Maxx Andrade and Cole Forest scored for Red River.  The Riders move to 4-0-1 in the region while Central sits at 3-0-2.  Nate Bradbury had 26 saves on 28 shots for Red River with Kaleb Johnson turning away 18 of 20 Rider shots on goal.

Hazen/Beulah             0 - 0 - 0   =           4 -  3  -   2   =    9
Bottineau/Rugby        2 - 1 - 6   =   9        18 - 22 - 22   =   62
Bottineau/Rugby picked up their first win of the year with a nine goal out put and a 62 shots on goal effort.  It took awhile to wear down Evan Eliason who only gave up three goals on the first 40 shots through two periods of play.  The Braves then opened it up with a 6-goal third period and 22 more shots on goal.  Adam Lorenz earned the shut out in goal for the Braves.  Three Braves had three point nights as Riley Olson and Riley Biberdorf each had 1-goal and 2-assists with Ian Amsbaugh adding 2-goals and 1-assist.  Evan Eliason had 53 saves on 62 shots for Hazen/Beulah.

Chaska, MN                   0 - 1 - 0 - 1  =   2         6 -  9   - 9  - 2   =   26
Fargo North/South        0 - 0 - 1 - 0  =   1         4 - 10 - 17 - 2   =   33

**Chaska wins in Overtime at the 4:52 mark

Fargo North/South dropped its' second straight game of the season after Chaska, MN defeats Fargo 2-1 in Overtime.  After a scoreless first period, Chaska opend the scoring at 14:45 of the second period.  Josie Hell tied the game with 16 seconds to play in the game to send the game to Overtime before the Hawks pulled out the OT Winner.  Lauren Harr stopped 24 of 26 shots on goal for North/South.

Fargo South/Shanley        1 - 1 - 2 - 0   =       13 - 12 - 15 - 3  =   43
Devils Lake                        1 - 3 - 0 - 0   =         6 - 13  -  9  - 1  =  29

**Fargo South/Shanley wins 1-0 in the 7th round of the shoot out to earn 2 of 3 points in the East Region Standings.

After four periods of play and 72 combined shots on goal, the Bruins and Firebirds needed seven rounds of shoot outs to end this epic game.  Derek Morehart scored the winning goal in the 7th round to give the Bruins the extra point in the standing which is important as the teams came into the game tied with 3-region points each.   Special Teams was a major part of this game as their was five power play goals of the eight that were scored.  Devils Lake held a 4-2 lead after two periods of play.  The Bruins came out early scoring just 37 seconds into the third on a Ben Strinden Power Play Goal.  John Harvey tied the game with under four minutes to play also on the Power Play.  Reegan Reule had 39 saves on 43 shots for Devils Lake while Brody Herrick had 25 saves on 29 shots for the Bruins.  Blair Martinson had 2-goals while Jeremiah Hill added 2-assists for Devils Lake.  Nolan Bushee had a goal and an assist for the Firbirds.  Ben Traynor had 3-assists and Robby Greicar had 2-goals and 2-assists for South/Shanley.

Billings          1 - 2 - 0  =         7  -  4  - 7  =   18
Dickinson      2 - 2 - 1  =  5       12 - 10 - 4  =   26

Dickinson is stepping out of conference play this weekend as they are hosting Billings,MT in a weekend series at home.  Dickinson held 2-1 and 4-3 leads after each period and received an insurance goal from Cody Shepard who ended the night with 2-goals and 1-assist for the Midgets.  Jarin Noab picked up the win in goal stopping 15 of 18 shots.

Bismarck Century    
2 - 2 - 4   =   8         20 - 22 - 25  =   67
Jamestown                1 - 1 - 0    =           7  -  4 -   5   =   16

Bismarck Century continues to put up lots of goals and an outrageous amount of shots on goal as the Patriots pick up another West Region win on the road.  Matthew Schneider was outstanding again as he turned away 59 of 67 shots for Jamestown.  Jamestown led 1-0 before falling behind 2-1.  The Blue Jays had the game tied 2-2 at one point before going into the third period down 4-2.  The Patriots again got scoring from their big players as Kirklan Irey had 2-goals, Isaiah Thomas added 2-assists, Connor Hanson had a goal and an assist, Carter Bailey had 2-goals and 1-assist for Century.  Jace Thompson assisted on both Jamestown goals.  Century has now beaten Dickinson, Minot and Jamestown who are the 3-4-5 teams in the region and currently each have two region losses.  Bismarck High and Century each sit without an region loss so early on it is becoming a two team race in the West Region.  Jamestown as a quick turn around as Minot comes Saturday for a huge West Region game as each team sits [2-2] in the Standings.

Fargo Davies            
1 - 2 - 1   =   4           13 - 10 - 13  =   36
Grafton/Park River    0 - 2 - 0   =             10 -  6  -  5   =   21

Grafton/Park River may have lost their first East Region Game, but I think they have now shown they are a contender for an East Region berth for a trip back to the state tournament.  They started 4-0 in the region, but had yet to play the top three teams in the league which are Red River, Central and Davies.  The Eagles just tied G.F. Central 0-0 so this game is a gauge to see where the Spoilers sit.  They found a way to put 2 past Jared Winter which Central did not do earlier in the week.  They were tied until late in the second period when Davies got the go ahead goal.  So GPR has to take some confidence that they belong in the top four of the East Region.  For Davies, a road win at Grafton is tough so they will take the three points and move on.    Isaac Balvitsch had 2-assists, Michael Wold had 1-goal & 1-assist and Cade Stibbe had a goal and an assist for the Eagles.  Sam Keeley had a goal and an assist for GPR.

Williston    2- 0 - 0   =  2              6 - 4 - 6    =    16              
Mandan     2 - 0 - 2   = 4              8 - 7 - 9    =     24

Mandan may look at December 15th as the game that saved their state tournament hopes.  The Braves defeated Williston 4-2 and if they would have lost, the road to Grand Forks would have been very tough.  Williston came into the game with a [2-4]-Conference record while Mandan entered with a [1-6] mark.  Since Devils Lake already has 3 conference wins, with one being over Mandan, the Braves could not fall behind Williston as well.  Now Mandan is back in the mix as they move to [2-6] and drop Williston to [2-5].    After two even periods of play, Emily Horner scored at 3:29 of the third period followed by Taley Davies at 8:20 to push the Braves past the Coyotes 4-2.  Autumn Sheetz picked up the win in goal for Mandan stopping 14 of 16 shots.  Williston now will face Bismarck today with a chance to get a split of the weekend trip and pick up three league points.

West Fargo United = 2         [No Sheet Received Yet]
Fargo Davies = 0

Missing Game Sheets:
12-5:    West Fargo United  at  East Grand Forks     [Girls]
12-15:  Fargo Davies  at  West Fargo United  [Girls]


All Region and Overall Boy's Coaches Polls can be found by clicking on the Coaches Poll Tab as well as the Girls State Poll.

Bismarck Century is Head Coaches choice to win the West Region
Bismarck Century earned 7-First Place votes from the 9-West Region Head Coaches.  The Patriots were picked first followed by Minot [1-First Place Vote] and Bismarck High [1-First Place Vote] and tied with 54 points came in a tie for second place.  Dickinson edged out Jamestown for fourth in the poll by one point as the Midgets had 40 points and Jamestown had 39.  Mandan was a solid 6th Place with 28-points followed by Williston in 7th Place [19-points] , Bottineau/Rugby in 8th Place [18-Points] and Hazen/Beulah [9-Points].  The Northstars will automatically finish as the 9th Place team in the West Region and will travel to the #8 Seed for the West Region Play-In Game as they will play a J.V. Schedule/Non-Conference Schedule up until West Region Tournament time in February.  Due to the lateness of the poll I do not have the highlights as I did for the East Region and Girls divisions so I apologize but wanted to get posted prior to season starting tonight.

Central and Red River each earn 4 first place votes in East Region Poll
The East Region Coaches are split on which Grand Forks school will win the East Region title this year as both Central and Red River earned four first place votes of the nine votes cast.  Fargo Davies earned the only other first place vote.  Central [27-0-0] last season and state champions will look to repeat but lost many players to graduation so we will see how the Knights fill in the holes with players like Grant Johnson and Judd Caulfield.  Kaleb Johnson returns in goal who posted a 1.33-GAA with a 91.7-SV% for the Knights.  Red River [23-4-0] who was defeated by Bismarck High in overtime in the state semi finals ended up taking 3rd at state also lost many players to graduation.  Mason Salquist [13-30-43] returns for the Riders as does goalie Nate Bradbury [1.73-GAA, 92.0-SV%] as they look to challenge their cross town rivals as well as try get back on top in the state.  Fargo Davies [18-9-0] won the Consolation Championship at state last year and return Jay Buchholz [12-18=30] and goaltender Jared Winter [2.18-GAA, 93.1-SV%].  Davies returns 3 of their top 4 scorers from last years 18-win team so this program could be the wild card in the East Region race and state championship run.  Fargo North gained some support in the poll after finishing last year [5-18-1], the Spartans are picked to finish fourth in the East Region just one point ahead of Fargo South/Shanley [11-12-1].  The Spartans return their top four scorers from last years team as well as Ryley Pladson in net who posted an 88.9-SV% while facing 695 shots.  The Bruins graduated their top six scorers as well as their goalie so this roster may be a mystery until some games are played.  Devils Lake [16-10-0] loses 3 of their top 4 scorers returning Carson Lovin [14-16=30] but also lost star goalie Wyatt Ness which will be the question mark for the Firebirds heading into the new year.  West Fargo Sheyenne and West Fargo are each having a team this year instead of one West Fargo Team so this will be the early watch for me.  What will each team look like and how will the rosters shake out.  Sheyenne looks to have a very senior loaded team with only a few Junior's and Sophomore's on the roster.  The Packers prior to this years split finished last season with a [3-19-1]-Overall Record.  Grafton/Park River [4-19-0] will have former coaching staff member Scott Robideaux back behind the bench but this time as a Head Coach.  The Spoilers have 4 of their top 5 scorers from last season back as well as two of their main goalies back.  Will the Spoilers regain their tradition and be back in the top four of the region and fight for a return to the state tournament?  The coaches have them picked 8th ahead of West Fargo and behind W.F. Sheyenne.  This year, the East Region will have nine teams which means we will have a Play-in Game between the 8th and 9th Place teams with the right to travel to the East Region Number one seed to open the East Region Tournament.  The poll results can be found by going to the Coaches Poll Tab located on the top of the homepage.

Bismarck picked as top team by states Head Coaches in Pre-Season Poll
The Bismarck Blizzard won last years North Dakota girls 2017 State Championship while finishing with a [22-3-1]-Overall Record and a 3-0 shutout over the tournaments #6 Seed Grand Forks.  This year the coaches again tabbed Bismarck as the preseason favorite but only 6 Head Coaches gave them the top spot while 5 Head Coaches are picking Fargo North/South to win the title.  Last year, Bismarck was picked by 8 coaches in the pre-season poll to be the top team at years end.  With Britta Curl [Bismarck] [41-23=64] returning for her Senior season and all three goalies returning for the Blizzard Lauren Watkins [1.22-GA 92.1-SV%], Skylar Ackerman [1.76-GA  90.2-SV%] and Aurora Johnson [2.00-GA 88.0-SV%]  it is easy to see why many have Bismarck to repeat again this season.  Fargo North/South, who went [20-6-0] last year but were upset in the quarterfinals by Mandan at state are hungry to battle Bismarck this season.  They will have their top two scorers back in Graysen Myers [28-18=46] and Anna Erickson [14-23=37] along with goaltenders Kaylee Caspers [1.65-GA, 92.1-SV%] & Lauren Harr [1.66-GA, 89.0-SV%]Rounding out the top five in the poll are West Fargo [15-10-0], Fargo Davies [16-10-0] and Minot [17-8-0].  West Fargo received 77 points with Davies earning 71 points.  Minot had 65 points with Grand Forks right behind them at 62 points.  Mandan came in at 7th with 42 points followed by Williston with 37 points.  Dickinson is 9th at 28 points, Jamestown with 20 points and Devils Lake at 13 points.  The league race will give us an early indication on Tuesday as 10 of the 11 teams are in league play as the Girls season begins.  Bismarck will watch the scores come in Tuesday as they are idle.  Williston and Dickinson face-off in a key early game with Grand Forks and Fargo Davies matchup in a key game.  Minot will travel to Mandan for an interesting matchup while West Fargo plays Devils Lake and Jamestown faces Fargo North/South.  The entire Girls Coaches Poll can be found by going to the Coaches Poll Link on the top of the Home Page.  Good luck to all eleven teams as we sort out the 8 teams that will participate in the state tournament at the Ralph Engelstad Arena at the end of February in Grand Forks.

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