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Tom Mix, Published December 15 2012

West Fargo defeats Fargo South-Shanley in boys hockey

FARGO – Tyler Crouse was anxious to get back on the ice late in the third period on Saturday.

Crouse had scored earlier in the game, but his second goal was the one that propelled West Fargo to a 3-1 North Dakota East Region boys hockey win over Fargo South-Shanley during the Scheels Shootout at Scheels Arena.

The Packers senior forward scored the goal off a rebound from a shot by teammate C.J. Lenzmeier with 3 minutes, 47 seconds remaining.

West Fargo (3-4-0, 2-3-0 East Region) had called a timeout inside four minutes prior to Crouse’s goal.

“We were all positive on the bench and telling everyone we wanted to finish it,” Crouse said. “I told coach I was ready to get another one. After Lenzmeier’s hard shot, the rebound came out and I just buried it.”

Crouse leads the Packers with six goals. He scored the game’s first goal two minutes, 51 seconds into the first period.

“It was a huge goal,” West Fargo co-head coach Tim Capouch said of Crouse’s second goal. “It was a 1-1 game and it was big for us. … Tyler had two goals for us and he just works hard all the time.”

Saturday’s victory caps a good week for West Fargo after it defeated Grand Forks Central on Tuesday to snap a four-game losing streak.

“It is a really big win,” Crouse said. “We lost four in a row, but now we are coming back strong.”

Twelve seconds following Crouse’s second goal, Packers junior forward Tyler Berginski scored making it 3-1 West Fargo.

South-Shanley (2-4-0, 1-3- 0) was unable to answer.

“I think the quality chances were about the same,” South-Shanley head coach Wade Storey said. “There just was a 20-second span where they capitalized on two chances late in the third period.”

South-Shanley junior defenseman Andrew Blumer scored the Bruins’ lone goal in the second period.

“We wanted to go in the third period and outwork them,” Storey said. “For the most part I thought we did that except for those 20 seconds where they scored their two goals. It is the bounce of the puck and that is the way it goes sometimes.”

West Fargo goalie Bailey Vareberg finished with 24 saves for the Packers.

South-Shanley goalie Jake Salentine had 38 saves.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, WF, Crouse, (Wasem, Fretheim), 2:51.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, FSS, Blumer, (Johannesson, Bossert), 8:50.

THIRD PERIOD: 3, WF, Crouse, (Lenzmeier), 13:13. 4, WF, Berginski, (Wasem), 13:25.

SAVES: WF, Vareberg 6-10-8–24. FSS, Salentine 13-15-10–38.

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