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Published December 19 2010

Boys hockey: Bruin domination, South peppers first-place West Fargo with 8 goals

Fargo South goaltender Evan Fiebiger wanted a shutout for his 18th birthday.

He had to settle for two goals allowed and his team’s complete domination of one of the Eastern Dakota Conference’s top boys hockey teams.

South scored seven unanswered goals en route to a surprising 8-2 victory against first-place West Fargo on Saturday at Scheels Arena.

“It was a big win,” Fiebiger said. “It got us playing as a team. We expected to win, we didn’t expect to win by this much. We just played together as a team finally. We haven’t been playing like that all year.”

Fiebiger, who lost his shutout with 3:47 remaining in the game on a goal by Dusty Munyer, was as sharp as he’s been all season.

The senior came up with 29 saves, and fought off every West Fargo scoring effort until late in the third.

South senior Damon Simonson triggered running time when he made the score 6-0 at 9:27 of the third.

Jon Baune scored twice in the third, and junior Sam Harvey added goals in the first and second periods for the Bruins.

It was South’s coming out party following two-consecutive losses, and a disappointing 1-4 start.

For the Packers, it was a massive let down after a 4-3 win against defending state champion Grand Forks Central earlier this week.

“We didn’t show up and play,” said West Fargo co-head coach Tim Capouch, whose team dropped to 6-2. “… (Fargo South) played a physical game and they played a smart game. I don’t know if they were overconfident or what the deal was.”

Packers starting goaltender Cam Holland was lifted for senior Josh Hanson when Jake Hintz gave South a 3-0 lead with a 5-on-3 power-play goal at 10:44 of the second.

Holland, who entered the game allowing 2.20 goals a game in five appearances, stopped 13 shots before his exit.

Hanson allowed a short-handed goal to Harvey – his second of the day – four minutes after entering the game. Harvey is one of 10 Fargo Shanley students on the Bruins varsity roster.

Shanley and South are in the first year of a co-op.

The goal put South ahead 4-0 at 14:39 of the second.

“You are only as good as the last game you play,” Capouch said. “That’s what people see. That is what I told them.”

Fargo South controlled the game’s tempo early in the first period.

The Bruins used their speed to rally to the puck in the offensive zone, and put several shots on Holland in the first.

Harvey put South ahead 1-0 with an unassisted goal at 4:59 of the period.

Josh Loken made the score 2-0 at 10:37.

West Fargo turned the momentum midway through the first period, but couldn’t get through Fiebiger.

The senior stopped 13 shots to preserve the two-goal lead.

“It’s improved a lot since our previous games,” Fiebiger said. “We definitely feel good about where we are headed.”

FIRST PERIOD: 1, FS, Harvey (unassisted), 4:59. 2, FS, Loken (Simonson), 10:37.

SECOND PERIOD: 3, FS, Hintz (Carlson), 10:44 (pp). 4, FS, Harvey (Carlson), 14:39 (sh).

THIRD PERIOD: 5, FS, Bates (Baune), 5:02. 6, FS, Simonson (Bates, Dana Naylor), 9:27. 7, FS, Baune (Loken), 12:20. 8, WF, Munyer (unassisted), 13:12. 9, WF, Raghib (unassisted), 15:44. 10, FS, Baune (unassisted)

SAVES: WF, Holland 9-4-x—13; Hanson x-1-6—7. FS, Fiebiger 13-7-9—29.

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