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Tom Miller / Forum News Service, Published February 21 2013

Davies tops Minot at ND state boys hockey

GRAND FORKS – The Fargo Davies boys hockey team will have a chance at history tonight.

The young program has never won a semifinal at the North Dakota state boys hockey tournament.

The Eagles were provided that opportunity as Chris Sigurdson scored two goals to lead Davies to a 6-2 victory over Minot on Thursday in the first round of the state tournament at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

The Eagles, who improved to 20-5, will face Grand Forks Red River in the state semifinals at 6:30 tonight.

“We’ve played them three times now, so we know what we’re getting into,” Sigurdson said. “We know we have to have a real good game. We have to up our intensity from today.”

Against Minot, Davies took the lead for good at 12 minutes, 52 seconds of the first period when Cole Wurzer tapped in a goal from the high slot to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead.

Sigurdson scored twice in the second period as the Eagles pulled away. Sigurdson leads the Eagles in scoring with 20 goals and 10 assists.

“He’s been steady all year,” Eagles coach Brian Davidson said. “That’s what we expect out of him. We put heavy load on that top line and Chris. That group of guys we count on to get us going.”

Chase Bischof and Jared Staples added third-period goals and Aidan Hartness scored in the first period for the Eagles.

Since winning a state championship in 1992, Minot hasn’t won a first-round game at the state tournament. The Magicians are 0-18 in the state quarterfinals since the 1992 season.

This year, the Magicians received a setback at 4:15 of the second period. Quinn Fuchs, who leads the team in points, received a checking-from-behind five-minute major and game disqualification.

Fuchs, who entered the game with three penalties on the year for six minutes, won’t be able to play in today’s consolation game against Jamestown at 11 a.m., due to the game disqualification rules.

The junior forward scored at 10:51 of the first period to tie Davies at 1-1. That gave Fuchs nine goals and 36 assists on the year.

Without one of its top playmakers, Minot struggled offensively. Matt Flom scored in the third period to briefly cut the Davies lead to 5-2.

“I thought we kept after them pretty well,” Davidson said. “The game had some ebb and flow, but we kept our intensity up.”

Davies, in the program’s third year in existence, is making its second straight trip to the state tournament. The Eagles finished fourth last year.

“We’ll enjoy this one tonight, but our staff will look at (Red River) on the trip back,” Davidson said. “We’ll be ready for them.”

FIRST PERIOD: 1, FD, A. Hartness (Bischof, Roscoe) 5:49 (pp). 2, M, Fuchs (Schwarz) 10:51. 3, FD, Wurzer (Worwa, Sigurdson) 12:52.

SECOND PERIOD: 4, FD, Sigurdson (Groth) 1:47 (pp). 5, FD, Sigurdson (Worwa) 11:12.

THIRD PERIOD: 6, FD, Bischof (Stalpes, Wurzer) 9:37. 7, M, Flom (Albright) 11:03. 8, FD, Stalpes (A. Hartness) 13:57.

SAVES: M, Effertz 6-8-6–20. FD, Windels 8-7-8–23.

Miller writes for the Grand Forks Herald