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Tom Miller / Forum Communications Co., Published February 23 2012

Davies tops Bismarck in double OT during state boys quarterfinals

GRAND FORKS – In the program’s second year of existence, the Fargo Davies boys hockey team experienced its first taste of the North Dakota state tournament.

The inaugural game turned out to be a wild one.

Davies junior forward Trevor Swangler buried a close-range shot early in double overtime to lead the Eagles to a 4-3 victory over Bismarck High on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the state tournament at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

The Eagles, the East Region’s No. 4 seed, advances to today’s semifinal against Fargo North at 6:30 p.m.

“That’s a big win for our program,” Davies coach Brian Davidson said. “The first state win came in exciting fashion. We’re going to enjoy it today and worry about our next game tomorrow.”

Bismarck looked to be running away with the game early on. The Demons outshot the Eagles 17-4 in the opening period and took a 2-0 lead into the second intermission.

But Davies responded immediately in the third period. In the opening minute, Jordan Foster scored to cut Bismarck’s lead to 2-1.

After the teams traded goals to put the Demons up 3-2, Davies junior forward Gunnar Mogck tied the game with a goal with 3 minutes 34 seconds remaining.

Mogck’s goal set the stage for Swangler, who roofed a shot over Bismarck goalie Brett Malkmus at 2:12 of the second overtime.

“We sat back and didn’t continue playing the way we’d been playing,” Bismarck coach Mike Peluso said of the third period. “If we had two more periods like the first period, we wouldn’t have a problem.”

Davidson said the tide turned after the Eagles scored their first goal.

“That was a lousy period to start,” he said. “We just needed one goal. We were still in the game. Once we got one, it changed the momentum.”

After being outshot 17-4 in the first period, Davies finished the game with a 24-20 edge in shots on goal.

“We had a really bad first period,” said Swangler, who scored his 10th goal of the season. “We had to fight through it and stay in the game.”

Davies goalie Tucker Windels finished with 34 saves, while Malkmus ended with 24.

Jared Spooner, Bo Yesel and Thomas Malkmus scored goals for the Demons.

“It’s frustrating,” Peluso said. “But we’re a young bunch. They’re in there trying to figure it out and learn from this. Growing pains, I guess.”

FIRST PERIOD: 1, B, Spooner (Wolf, Goulet) 5:27.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, B, Yesel (Oliver) 7:53.

THIRD PERIOD: 3, FD, Foster (Swangler) :48. 4, FD, Worwa (Groth, Sigurdson) 8:04. 5, B, Malkmus (Olson, Yesel) 11:09. 6, FD, Mogck (Davis) 13:26.

OVERTIME: No scoring.

SECOND OVERTIME: 7, FD, Swangler (Birmingham) 2:12.

SAVES: FD, Windels 16-8-3-7–34. B, Malkmus 4-11-6-3–24.

Miller writes for the Grand Forks Herald