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Heath Hotzler, Published February 27 2009

ND state boys hockey roundup: Bruins cruise to 1st-round win

Fargo South took advantage with a man advantage Thursday.

The Bruins scored three power-play goals en route to a 6-0 win against Bismarck Century in the first round of the North Dakota state boys hockey tournament at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

“That’s one of the biggest things we’ve seen an improvement on in the last couple weeks is our power play,” first-year South coach David Benson said.

Goals by Josh Huguelet, Tyler Sorenson and Peter Orson put the Bruins ahead 3-0 in the first period.

Orson’s goal came on the Bruins’ third power-play opportunity of the game.

“I think the guys went into the locker room and thought they had made it,” Benson said. “… That’s maybe a reason we came out (in the second) and got only one goal. Overall, it was kind of a letdown in the second. We can’t have that. It’s too late in the year to have those letdowns.”

Senior defenseman David Burdick made it 4-0 with 2 minutes, 3 seconds remaining in the second period.

Josh Hooey and Sorenson ended the Bruins’ scoring with a pair of power-play goals in the third.

The Bruins will face Grand Forks Red River in the final semifinal of the night today at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Goaltender Scott Buchholz, who had a 1.64 goals against average during the regular season, finished with 16 saves to secure his third shutout of the year.

Freshman Aaron Nelson had 45 saves for the Patriots.

Burdick had a goal and two assists to lead the Bruins.

“(Buchholz) has been a guy who has been there all along,” Benson said. “He deserves more credit than we’re giving him. He’s been a heck of a force for this team. Maybe it’s time for the guys to start playing a little more for him instead of relying on him so much.”

FIRST PERIOD: 1, FS, Huguelet (Orson), 3:19. 2, FS, Sorenson (Burdick), 12:58. 3, FS, Orson (Wagner), 14:41 (pp).

SECOND PERIOD: 4, FS, Burdick (Stellrecht), 14:57.

THIRD PERIOD: 5, FS, Hooey (Mauch), 7:49 (pp). 6, FS, Sorenson (Hooey, Burdick), 16:57 (pp)

SAVES: FS, Buchholz 4-7-5–16. BC, Nelson 22-10-13–45.

Bismarck 1, Grafton-Park River 0

A first-period goal by Alex Gustafson, and 15 saves from goaltender Lawrence Dvorak, helped the Demons oust the defending state champions.

The West’s top seed, Bismarck will face Grand Forks Central at 6:30 p.m. today in the semifinals.

Gustafson scored a power-play goal at 10 minutes, 36 seconds of the first period to put Bismarck ahead 1-0.

Dvorak came up with seven saves in the third period to secure the shutout victory.

Grafton-Park River goaltender Eric Monsebroten finished with 30 saves.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, B, Gustafson (Sorenson, Kelly), 10:36 (pp).

SECOND PERIOD: No scoring.

THIRD PERIOD: No scoring.

SAVES: B, Dvorak 2-6-7–15. G-PR, Monsebroten 12-11-7–30.

Grand Forks Central 5, Williston 2

Jake Plutowski scored a pair of goals in the second period to lift the Knights to a win against Coyotes.

Sheldon Kihle scored at 5:31 of the first period to put Williston ahead 1-0.

Sparked by Plutowski’s offensive outburst, Grand Forks Central put away four unanswered goals to take a 4-1 advantage.

Brenden Gust finished with two goals and two assists for the Knights.

Goaltender McCade Evanson had 25 saves for Williston.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, W, Kihle (Mosby), 5:31.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, GFC, Plutowski (Gust, Aamot), 2:56. 3, GFC, Plutowski (Gust), 5:39. 4, GFC, Hatt (Moody, Aamot), 6:33. 5, GFC, Gust (Simonson, Spicer), 8:39 (pp). 6, W, Nelson (Conlin), 11:00.

THIRD PERIOD: 7, GFC, Gust (Ray), 16:36.

SAVES: GFC, Lang 8-4-6–18. W, Evanson 9-9-7–25.

Grand Forks Red River 6, Minot 2

The Roughriders came back from a 2-0 deficit en route to the first-round win.

Red River scored six unanswered goals after falling behind 2-0 in the first period.

Brock Dahl finished with a pair of goals for the Roughriders. Russel Crary had a goal and two assists.

Minot goaltender Darren Medler stopped 27 shots.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, M, Schmitt (Stephens), 2:27. 2, M, Hammer (Schmitt), 13:26 (sh).

SECOND PERIOD: 3, GFRR, Howe (Heisz), 6:36. 4, GFRR, Dahl (Crary), 7:22. 5, GFRR, Bacnroft (Howe, Crary), 14:10.

THIRD PERIOD: 6, GFRR, Zahui (Stjern, Heisz), 8:59. 7, GFRR, Dahl (Fugleberg), 14:15. 8, GFRR, Crary (unassisted), 16:19 (en) (sh).

SAVES: M, Medler 14-7-6–27. GFRR, Meland 3-4-4–11.