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Heath Hotzler, Published February 27 2009

ND state girls hockey roundup: Fargo North tops Dickinson by six

This was the perfect start to a title defense.

Haley Olmstead, Mara Teschendorf and Jordan Brenneman each scored two goals to help the defending champion Fargo North girls hockey team to a convincing 6-0 victory against Dickinson in the first round of the North Dakota state girls hockey tournament Thursday at Purpur Arena in Grand Forks.

The Spartans, who have advanced to the state title game each of the last six seasons and earned three championships over that span, will play Grand Forks at 11:30 a.m. today in the semifinals.

“We really came out in the first period and had a lot of jump,” North coach Dave Bjugson said.

“I told our girls when we are moving our feet, everything seems to fall into place.”

North (20-3) took an early lead on a Teschendorf unassisted goal in the first minute.

Olmstead scored shorthanded midway through the second to make the score 2-0.

The Spartans couldn’t break away from Dickinson, despite a 35-5 shots on goal advantage in the opening two periods.

“It was still a close game,” Bjugson said. “If they come out and score, it’s 2-1 and the momentum can change. We felt good about how we were playing, but we didn’t feel too comfortable.”

After scoreless second period, Olmstead put the Spartans ahead 3-0 just 31 seconds into the third.

Brenneman had a pair of goals and an assist in the third period.

Teschendorf finished the Spartans’ scoring with less than two minutes remaining.

Dickinson goaltender Ashley Ludwig finished with 40 saves.

“There are games where you win and don’t really feel good about how the team looked,” Bjugson said. “From the opening shift (Thursday), I felt we could do something special if we keep it up.”

FIRST PERIOD: 1, FN, Teschendorf (unassisted), 16:00. 2, FN, Olmstead (Throntveit), 8:57 (sh).

SECOND PERIOD: No scoring.

THIRD PERIOD: 3, FN, Olmstead (Hieb, Dahl), 0:31. 4, FN, Brenneman (Boetel), 1:24. 5, FN, Brenneman (unassisted), 10:41 (pp). 6, FN, Teschendorf (Brenneman, Grindeland), 15:12

SAVES: FN, Sitzmann 1-4-6–11. D, Ludwig 21-12-7–40.

Grand Forks 2, West Fargo 1 (OT)

Adrienne Barber scored 33 seconds into overtime to lift No. 4 seed Grand Forks to a win.

Grand Forks took a 1-0 lead on a Cass Dahl power-play goal at 13:30 of the first period.

The Packers sent the game into overtime with a power-play goal by junior forward Kelsey Kloos at 11:53 of the third period.

Grand Forks goaltender Ali Sondreal finished with 13 saves. Eighth-grader Andrea Klug had 18 saves in goal for West Fargo.

FIRST PERIOD: No scoring.

SECOND PERIOD: 1, GF, Dahl (Campbell), 13:30 (pp)

THIRD PERIOD: 2, WF, Kloos (Johnson), 11:53 (pp)

OVERTIME: 3, GF, Barber (Lentz), 0:33.

SAVES: GF, Sondreal 1-8-3-1–13. WF, Klug 6-3-8-1–18.

Bismarck 6, Williston 5

North Dakota scoring leader Maddy Gendreau’s goal with a second on the clock lifted No. 2-seed Bismarck to victory.

Bismarck will face Fargo South 30 minutes after the Fargo North-Grand Forks semifinal.

Williston held a 5-3 advantage heading into the third period.

The Demons scored on all three of its shot attempts in the third period.

Laura Maddock scored with 3:17 remaining to tie the game at 5-5.

Gendreau, who finished the regular season with 41 goals and 42 assists in 21 games, finished with three goals and an assist.

Demons goaltender Kasandra Cariveau had five saves.

Williston’s Rachel Hennessy had two goals and an assist.

Coyotes goaltender Kinsey McCaughtry had 38 saves.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, B, Kringstad (Harris, Gendreau), 2:21 (pp). 2, W, Slemin (Hennessy), 2:35.

SECOND PERIOD: 3, W, Fee (unassisted), 13:25. 4, B, Gendreau (unassisted), 8:43. 5, B, Harris (Gendreau), 8:56. 6, W, Walz (Slemin, Hennessy), 9:40.

THIRD PERIOD: 7, W, Hennessy (unassisted), 3:08. 8, W, Hennessy (Gustafson), 4:58 (sh). 9, B, Gendreau (Goulet), 8:31. 10, B, Maddock (Harris), 13:43. 11, B, Gendreau (Maddock), 16:59.

SAVES: B, Cariveau 2-2-1–5. W, McCaughtry 19-19-0–38.

Fargo South 5, Minot 1

Lauren Tupa scored a pair of goals to help the Bruins into the semifinals.

Tupa tallied the first two goals as South broke away to a 3-0 advantage.

Minot’s Harley Damron made it 3-1 with a power-play goal at 7:13 of the second period.

South senior goaltender Emily Foyt finished with 16 saves.

Karlee Galvin had 35 saves for Minot.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, FS, Tupa (Hayes, Schultz), 4:24. 2, FS, Tupa (Hayes), 13:42.

SECOND PERIOD: 3, FS, Sellner (Foss, Peterson), 1:47. 4, M, Damron (Herslip), 7:13 (pp). 5, FS, Nagel (Sauvageau, Foss), 12:04.

THIRD PERIOD: 6, FS, Stellrecht (Nagel, Sauvageau), 9:32.

SAVES: FS, Foyt 4-5-7–16. M, Galvin 5-18-12–35.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562.

Hotzler’s blogs can be found at www.areavoices.com