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Tom Miller / Forum Communications Co. , Published December 27 2012

Fargo Davies knocks off previously unbeaten Century in boys hockey

GRAND FORKS – Bismarck Century entered the week as the only unbeaten team remaining in North Dakota boys hockey.

On Thursday, though, Fargo Davies proved there is a wide-open race for the title of Best in the State.

Davies used a dominant third period to knock off Century 6-3 in the first round of the Herald Jason Stadstad Hockey Classic at Purpur Arena.

“We came up here for the reason of games just like that,” said Century coach Troy Olson, whose team dropped to 7-1. “These are the same teams we have to play at the end of the year. It opens our eyes a little bit and hopefully gets us used to what we have to do to be consistent at this level.”

In the see-saw game, Alec Worwa, Chase Bischof and Gunnar Mogck scored third-period goals for the Eagles, who improved to 7-1.

How tough is it to pick out the state’s top team? Davies, which holds an impressive win over Grand Forks Red River, suffered its only loss to defending state champion Fargo North – a team Century defeated 2-0 to start the year.

“We knew there was a good team coming in,” Davies coach Brian Davidson said. “I thought we were ready for that in the first period.”

Aaron Pallen scored twice and Aidan Hartness once as the Eagles built a 3-0 lead after the first period.

But the Patriots fired back in the second. Zach Hruby, Paul Clayburgh and Cyril Nagurski each scored for Century to even the score at 3-3 after two.

“We came out in the first period in a funk,” Olson said. “The pace caught us off guard a bit. Davies is a good team, and they set a nice tempo.

“We showed some character in the second to get back into the game.”

Worwa, a senior forward, scored the game-winning goal 77 seconds into the third period. Patriots goalie Ryan Hanson couldn’t hang on to a blast by Chris Sigurdson and Worwa banged in the rebound for a power-play goal.

“Their power-play is off the charts,” Olson said. “We took a few penalties we shouldn’t have, especially at the end of the second. Then it took us too long to make adjustments as far as killing penalties.”

Davies advances to face Red River at 4:30 p.m. in the championship semifinals, while Century will play Brainerd in a consolation matchup at noon.

Davies beat Red River 4-3 in late November.

“Our biggest thing is you have to come ready to play every night, regardless of who we’re playing,” Davidson said. “We worry about our team. If we do our game well, we’ll be OK.”

FIRST PERIOD: 1, FD, Pallen (Wurzer), 5:28. 2, FD, A. Hartness (Roscoe, T. Hartness), 11:30. 3, FD, Pallen (Haiskanen), 14:47.

SECOND PERIOD: 4, BC, Hruby (Rauhauser, Brown), 0:22. 5, BC, Clayburgh (Kelly, Docker), 13:03. 6, BC, Nagurski (Kelly), 15:58 (pp).

THIRD PERIOD: 7, FD, Worwa (Sigurdson, Groth), 1:17 (pp). 8, FD, Bishof (A. Hartness, Mogck), 4:37 (pp). 9, FD, Mogck (A. Hartness, T. Hartness), 4:53.

SAVES: BC, Hanson 9-7-12–26. FD, Windels 7-12-5–24.

Miller writes for the Grand Forks Herald