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Tom Mix, Published December 04 2012

Fargo North scores a win over Fargo Davies in boys hockey

FARGO – Something had to give after Fargo Davies and Fargo North skated to a scoreless draw following the first 34 minutes of regulation on Tuesday.

Both teams netted goals in the first minute of the third period, but when the final buzzer sounded, the Spartans emerged with a 2-1 North Dakota, East Region boys hockey victory at the John E. Carlson Coliseum.

Senior forward Michael Gunderson scored the winning goal on a power play with 9 minutes, 47 seconds left in regulation.

The Spartans took sole possession of first place in the East Region with the victory. Davies and North (4-1-0, 3-0-0 East Region) entered Tuesday tied for first.

“I thought it was a great game between two evenly matched teams,” Gunderson said. “Both teams played hard and I’m really proud of our team for coming out on top and showing what we are made of.”

Quality scoring chances were not scarce in the first two periods, but none lit the lamps.

“We knew coming in this game was going to be one of the tougher ones on our schedule,” Davies head coach Brian Davidson said. “They have a nice team. They played within their game, they blocked shots and they just worked hard.”

North junior defenseman James Schock scored the game’s first goal 27 seconds into the third period, getting a long wrist shot past Davies goalie Tucker Windels.

Six seconds later, Davies tied it 1-1 when Aidan Hartness found his brother Tristan Hartness for a goal.

“We had to regroup after they potted that quick one on us after we put one away on the power play,” North head coach Rob Aasand said. “We gathered our bearings and got back to work.”

Leading that effort was North captain Gunderson.

“We knew we had more chances than them in the first two periods,” Gunderson said. “We felt like we needed to put those away, take advantage of the opportunities and get the win.”

Sophomore goalie Austin Toussaint posted 23 saves for the Spartans.

Aasand said North played much better than it did in the 5-2 win over West Fargo last Friday, but also admitted some breaks went in the team’s favor.

“Every once in a while you got to get lucky too,” Aasand said. “Schock’s shot – while it was a bomb – had some eyes to it. Every once in a while it is better to be lucky than good, and tonight I think it was a combination of both.”

Both of North’s goals came on the power play.

“I think we had too many penalties,” Davidson said. “We were stopping them on the penalty kill, but after a while you can only hold them off for so long.”

Windels finished with 27 saves for the Eagles (3-1-0, 2-1-0).

FIRST PERIOD: No scoring.

SECOND PERIOD: No scoring.

THIRD PERIOD: 1, FN, Schock, (Gunderson), :27 (pp). 2, FD, T. Hartness, (A. Hartness), :33. 3, FN, FN, Gunderson, (Selberg, Graalum), 7:13 (pp).

SAVES: FD, Windels 8-9-10–27. FN, Toussaint 7-13-3–23.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562