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Published February 20 2013

North Dakota state girls hockey tournament preview capsules

11 a.m.

West Fargo vs. Williston

West Fargo

Coach: Pat Johnson.

Record: 21-1-0, No. 1 seed.

State tournament history: This is West Fargo’s sixth straight trip to the state tournament. The Packers last won the state title in 2010.

Leading scorers: Sr. F Hayley Walsh 40-45–85; jr. F Kelly Krahn 41-21–62; jr. F Allison Springer 24-34–58.

Leading goaltenders: Sr. Andrea Klug 19-1-0, 0.93 GAA, .953 SP.

Williston

Coach: Mat Ekblad.

Record: 9-14-0, No. 8 seed.

State tournament history: Williston has been to 11 consecutive state tournaments. The Coyotes have yet to advance to the tournament final.

Leading scorers: Sr. F Kayla Buck 18-12–30; jr. D Sam Miller 14-4–18; jr. F Amanda Nelson 8-9–17.

Leading goaltenders: Seventh-grader Kenon Schmit 3-8-0, 4.89 GAA, .836 SP; eighth-grader Maddy McLees 6-6-0, 4.27 GAA, .862 SP.

1:15 p.m.

Fargo South vs. Jamestown

Fargo South

Coach: Josh Issertel.

Record: 14-9-0, No. 5 seed.

State tournament history: Fargo South has advanced to all 11 state tournaments. The Bruins won the state championship last season.

Leading scorers: Fr. F Alex Woken 34-21–55; jr. F Kara Tupa 17-25–42; sr. F Alli Thomas 16-16–32.

Leading goaltenders: So. Emily Grothmann 12-9-0, 2.85 GAA, .892 SP.

Jamestown

Coach: Brad Schaack.

Record: 17-6-0, No. 4 seed.

State tournament history: This will be the fourth consecutive state appearance for Jamestown. The Blue Jays have not made it to the tournament final.

Leading scorers: Sr. F Amber Schaack 39-10–49; sr. F Steph Kamlitz 15-14–29; eighth-grader Elly Millender 11-11–22.

Leading goaltenders: Sr. Carrisa Finck 16-6-0, 2.44 GAA, .913 SP.

5 p.m.

Fargo North vs. Grand Forks

Fargo North

Coach: Kris Dougherty.

Record: 9-14-0, No. 7 seed.

State tournament history: The Spartans have won five state titles, most recently in 2011. North has 11 state tournament appearances.

Leading scorers: Jr. F Betsy Pladson 10-16–26; fr. F Ali Vannett 11-8–19; soph. F Kendra Johnson 7-8–15.

Leading goaltenders: Sr. Olivia Pladson 4-12-0, 4.21 GAA, .876 SP; fr. Hannah Sivertson 5-2-0, 1.91 GAA, .910 SP.

Grand Forks

Coach: Darin Schumacher.

Record: 16-7-0, No. 2 seed.

State tournament history: This will be the 11th consecutive appearance for the KnightRiders. Grand Forks, the runner-up last season, is looking for its first state title.

Leading scorers: Sr. Nicole Novak 21-35–56; sr. Ashley Becker 20-16–36; jr. Brooke Berry 13-21–34; jr. Lexi O’Halloran 16-13–29.

Leading goaltenders: Jr. Brelyn Swendseid 9-4-0, 2.34 GAA, .910 SP; soph. Jerrica Rosendahl 6-3-0, 1.89 GAA, .887 SP.

7:15 p.m.

Bismarck vs. Minot

Bismarck

Coach: Annie Cashman.

Record: 16-7-0, No. 3 seed.

State tournament history: The Blizzard have made 11 consecutive state tournament appearances. Bismarck won back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007.

Leading scorers: Sr. F Brianna Flynn 28-19–47; sr. F Haleigh Springan 19-10–29; soph. F Jessie Binstock 7-20–27.

Leading goaltenders: Jr. Erin Clayburgh 7-2-0, 1.76 GAA, .885 SP; fr. Kennedy Blair 9-5-0, 1.89 GAA, .908 SP.

Minot

Coach: Weylin Wahlstrom

Record: 10-12-0, No. 6 seed.

State tournament history: Minot is appearing in its 11th state tournament.

Leading scorers: Sr. F Jessie Kongelf 23-6–29; jr. F Makalla Anderson 7-13–20; sr. F Angie Lothspeich 14-6–20.

Leading goaltenders: Sr. Karlee Galvin 6-4-0, 2.54 GAA, .923 SP; jr. Sydney Swanson 2-8-0, 4.00 GAA, .901 SP.