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Tom Mix, Published December 07 2012

Fargo South-Shanley scores a win over Fargo North in boys hockey

FARGO – This week was a tale of two games for Fargo South-Shanley goaltender Jake Salentine.

Tuesday’s lopsided loss to Moorhead was one Salentine would like to forget. Friday’s 3-1 North Dakota boys hockey win over Fargo North was a game the junior netminder will remember for a long time.

Salentine posted 43 saves in the Bruins’ victory over the East Region first-place Spartans at Scheels Arena.

“We just kept going as a team the whole game,” Salentine said. “I was able to see a lot of shots. My defense cleared them out in front and we were blocking shots. … It’s a big team win.”

Salentine’s performance came on the heels of an

11-0 loss to the Spuds, in which he gave up 10 goals before being lifted for his backup in the third period.

North didn’t get a shot past Salentine until 13 seconds were left Friday.

“It was a big bounce-back for him, because he was feeling pretty down after the Moorhead game,” South-Shanley head coach Wade Storey said. “Most of those goals were not even his fault, but he took it on his shoulders. … We talked to him last night before practice and said, ‘Hey, you are going to come back to the game, because you are the guy who can get it done.’

“We wanted to show confidence in him, and he got the job done.”

The Spartans (4-2-0, 3-1-0 East Region) outshot the Bruins 44-8.

South-Shanley (2-2-0, 1-1-0) made the most of their shots scoring first when Dallas Raftevold telegraphed a Spartans’ pass at the blue line and skated in for a goal.

“I just read it,” Raftevold said. “I picked it off, went around their defense, saw an opening and went for it.”

Tyler Bossert and Gabe Sandy also scored goals on power plays for the Bruins.

Salentine stopped 17 shots in the third period. North pulled goalie Austin Toussaint for an extra skater with two minutes left and finally got one past Salentine when senior forward Cole Selberg scored.

“Salentine was on his game,” North head coach Rob Aasand said. “Every once in a while you run into a hot goaltender like that. When you put 40-some shots on a goaltender and you only get one with 13 seconds to go, you know that the stars were aligned in their favor.”

FIRST PERIOD: 1, FSS, Da. Raftevold, 8:50.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, FSS, Bossert, (Dy. Raftevold, Johannesson), 7:04, (pp).

THIRD PERIOD: 3, FSS, Sandy, (Bossert, Johannesson), 1:14, (pp). 4, FN, Selberg, (Gunderson, Graalum), 16:47.

SAVES: FN, Toussaint 1-3-1–5. FSS, Salentine 9-17-17–43.

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