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By Ben Fladhammer , Published March 01 2009

Girls: Bruins go OT, take third

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Fargo South’s Lindsay Nagel wasn’t nervous coming into her first North Dakota state girls hockey tournament.

The freshman made that clear at the end of the third-place game, scoring three unanswered goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to lead Fargo South to a 4-3 victory over Grand Forks in Purpur Arena on Saturday.

“I was excited,” Nagel said. “We’re kind of an end-of-the-game team. We worked to get back into it. We had the momentum in overtime.”

Bruins coach Travis Ingbretson wasn’t surprised by Nagel’s performance, either.

“She’s been our leading point-scorer all year,” Nagel said. “We expect a lot of good things from her in years to come.”

Nagel’s game-winner came at 4 minutes, 44 seconds of overtime, but South appeared to have foiled its chance earlier in the period.

The Bruins had a 5-on-3 power play for 1:49 of overtime, but Grand Forks killed it without giving up many chances.

“When they sent it into overtime they took the momentum,” Grand Forks coach Melanie Lima said. “But we came together as a team. After killing the 5-on-3, I thought we took a little of the momentum back.”

At 1:10 of the third period, KnightRider Jessi Lentz snuck behind the net and stuffed it past Emily Foyt to give Grand Forks a 3-1 lead.

Foyt finished with 17 saves for the Bruins.

From that point on, it was all Nagel.

Three minutes after the Lentz goal, Nagel cut the deficit to 3-2.

At 14:13, Nagel took a shot that was initially blocked by goalie Ali Sondreal, but Nagel scooped up her own rebound and knotted the game at 3 to force overtime.

Sondreal stopped 27 shots for the KnightRiders, who finished their season with a record of 14-8-2.

The KnightRiders jumped to a two-goal lead when Adrienne Barber scored in the first and Cass Dahl added a goal in the second period.

Emma Freeman scored a goal in the second period to keep the Bruins in the game.

“I wasn’t disappointed in our effort,” Lima said. “I was sad for our seniors, but Fargo South battled.”

Fargo South 4, Grand Forks 3, OT (Third place)

FIRST PERIOD: 1, GF, Barber (Voegele, Dahl), 13:33.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, GF, Dahl (Barber), 4:18. 3, FS, Freeman (Sellner), 12:57 (pp).

THIRD PERIOD: 4, GF, Lentz, 1:10. 5, FS, Nagel (Rheault, Sauvageau), 3:54. 6, FS, Nagel, 14:13.

OVERTIME: 7, FS, Nagel (Rheault), 4:44.

SAVES: FS, Foyt 8-6-3-0—17. GF, Sondreal 9-5-9-4—27.

West Fargo 4, Minot 3 (Fifth place)

FIRST PERIOD: 1, M, Herslip (Widmayer, Damron), 3:25. 2, M, Herslip (Burbach, Damron), 5:03 (pp). 3, WF, Ellenson, 9:52 (pp).

SECOND PERIOD: 4, WF, Peterson (Johnson, Lopez), 7:50 (pp). 5, WF, Kloos (Springer, Sopp), 9:30.

THIRD PERIOD: 6, WF, Ylineimi, 2:39. 7, M, Luedke (Herslip, Burbach), 13:08.

SAVES: WF, Klug 4-6-4—14. M, Galvin 9-5-3—17.

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