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By Heath Hotzler, Published February 28 2009

ND state hockey tournament roundup: Bismarck reaches final

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Tyler Richter scored twice to help the Demons reach the finals for the first time since first-year Bismarck coach Mike Peluso was a player in 1992.

Central took a 1-0 advantage on a Brenden Gust power-play goal at 4:22 of the first period.

Bismarck then reeled off four unanswered to capture the 4-1 win Friday.

Richter’s goals came in the first and third periods.

Demons sophomore goaltender Lawrence Dvorak finished with 18 saves. Central’s Seth Lang stopped 31 shots.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, GFC, Gust (Cieklinski), 4:22 (pp). 2, B, Richter (Anderson, Mindt), 6:45.

SECOND PERIOD: 3, B, Peterson (Mindt), 9:33.

THIRD PERIOD: 4, B, Karel (Erickson) 4:10. 5, B, Richter (unassisted), 15:38.

SAVES: GFC, Lang 11-8-12–31. B, Dvorak 6-7-5–18.

Consolation bracket

Grafton-Park River 4, Williston 1

The Spoilers scored four unanswered goals en route to the win. Grafton-Park River will play Minot at 10:30 a.m. today at Purpur Arena.

Alex Gaustad and Cody Boyle each had a goal and assist to help Grafton-Park River into the fifth-place game.

Robby Keehn scored midway through the first period to give Williston a 1-0 lead.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, W, Keehn (Conlin), 8:44. 2, G-PR, Schaefer (Mohagen, Gaustad), 11:21 (pp).

SECOND PERIOD: 3, G-PR, Boyle (Dusek), 6:46. 4, G-PR, Gaustad (Boyle), 16:35.

THIRD PERIOD: 5, G-PR, Miller (Horter), 3:28.

SAVES: W, Evanson 8-8-7–23. G-PR, Monsebroten 8-7-8–23.

Minot 4, Bismarck Century 3 (OT)

Brett Fiddler’s power-play goal at 5:35 in overtime lifted the Magicians into the consolation championship game.

Minot took a 2-0 first-period lead on goals by Sam Ebert and Cody Pardon. Century tied it at 3-3 on a Brandon Megal goal at 5:55 of the third period.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, M, Ebert (Schmitt), 0:35. 2, M, Pardon (Bahl), 6:22.

SECOND PERIOD: 3, BC, Spooner (Kusler), 3:37. 4, M, Schmitt (Martin, Ebert), 14:59 (pp).

THIRD PERIOD: 5, BC, Rauhauser (Kusler), 1:11. 6, BC, Megal (Blair), 5:55.

OVERTIME: 7, M, Fiddler (Hammer), 5:35 (pp).

SAVES: M, Medler 5-9-10-1–25. BC, Hruby 5-7-8-2–22.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562. Hotzler’s blogs can be found at www.areavoices.com