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Tom Miller / Forum News Service, Published February 16 2013

North shuts out South-Shanley at East Region boys hockey tournament

GRAND FORKS – After a loss in the semifinals of the North Dakota East Region boys hockey tournament, Fargo North coach Rob Aasand voiced his displeasure with his team leaders.

A day later, his Spartans responded.

North scored three times in the second period and allowed just five shots on net through the first 34 minutes as the Spartans beat Fargo South-Shanley 4-0 in a state-qualifying game at the region tournament at Purpur Arena on Saturday.

“Everyone came together and gave it a total team effort,” Aasand said. “We had that aggressiveness we haven’t seen the last couple of games.”

North, the defending state champions, advances to the state tournament next weekend at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Spartans, who improved to 19-5, will be the No. 4 seed from the East Region and play the West Region’s top seed at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The biggest question surrounding North was how the Spartans would bounce back from falling to Grand Forks Red River on Thursday in a game that finished at about 10:30 p.m.

“We just tried to forget about it and knew today was a must-win,” senior forward Ethan Woods said.

The Spartans pulled away with a dominant second period. North outshot the Bruins 17-1 in the middle period, which saw the Spartans receive goals from Max Teschendorf, Jackson Graalum and Woods.

North’s Brodie Gylten tacked on a power-play goal in the third period to round out the scoring.

Woods, who scored thanks to a nice pass from Matt Connelly, notched his third goal in two days. Woods entered the weekend with two goals on the season.

“I was getting rushes, going hard to the net, and the boys got me the puck,” Woods said.

The Bruins had given the Spartans trouble during the regular season.

The two teams split, with South winning 3-1 and North winning 1-0.

“The first time we played them, we didn’t get any bodies in front,” Woods said. “(South goalie Jake Salentine) is a good goalie, and he saw everything. This time, we got more bodies in front.”

Salentine finished with 30 saves, while North goalie Christian Coleman made 14 stops.

FIRST PERIOD: No scoring.

SECOND PERIOD: 1, FN, Teschendorf (Brenneman, Klein), 5:39. 2, FN, Graalum (Selberg), 6:10. 3, Woods (Connelly, Thompson), 15:34.

THIRD PERIOD: 4, FN, Gylten (Schock, Thompson), 8:12.

SAVES: FSS, Salentine 8-14-8—30. FN, Coleman 4-1-9—14.

All-East Region team

Forwards: Jade Miller, Grafton-Park River; Alek Groth, Fargo Davies;

Jackson Graalum, Fargo North; Cole Selberg, Fargo North; Peter Hills,

Grafton-Park River; Jacob Benson, GF Red River; Chris Sigurdson, Fargo

Davies; Cole Rehovsky, Grafton-Park River

Defensemen: Jon Lizotte, Red River; Casey Johnson, Central; Seth

Brenneman, Fargo North; Andrew Blumer, Fargo South

Goalies: Tucker Windels, Fargo Davies; Taner Bender, Central; Holden

Kurtz, Devils Lake

Co-athletes of the year: Lizotte, Red River; Windels, Davies

Coach of the year: Tony Bina, GF Central