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Tom Miller / Forum News Service, Published February 21 2013

Fargo North falls in 3 OTs at ND state boys hockey

GRAND FORKS – There won’t be another surprise run to the North Dakota state boys hockey championship for Fargo North this season.

Bismarck Century’s Chris Brown redirected a Mason Przybilla shot in triple overtime to give the Patriots a 3-2 victory over the defending state champion Spartans in the quarterfinals of the state tournament on Thursday at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

The Patriots, the No. 1 seed from the West Region, advance to the semifinals of the state tournament for the third time in school history. Century also advanced to the semifinals in 2002 and 2010.

Century, which improved to 20-6, will play 30 minutes after the completion of the 6:30 p.m. semifinal tonight.

“This is pretty special,” Brown said. “It was a great atmosphere and a great game to play in.”

For Fargo North, it was disappointment. The Spartans hadn’t lost to a team other than Grand Forks Red River since Jan. 15.

“We didn’t bring our ‘A’ game,” North coach Rob Aasand said. “They had a step on us everywhere. They had the energy, and we didn’t.”

On the game-winning goal at 33 seconds of the third overtime, Alec Rauhauser found Przybilla, who put a shot on net where Brown was camped out in front of North goalie Christian Coleman.

“No one was on me, and I could hear the goalie yelling ‘man on goal’,” Brown said. “I just had to tip it through his wickets.”

Rauhauser had his hand in all three Century points. He made a dazzling move at 5:23 of the third period to tie the score at 1. Then after Spencer Klein gave North a 2-1 lead at 9:02 of the third period, Rauhauser fed Grant Dockter for his first goal of the year at 11:37 of the final frame.

“His first goal was huge,” Century coach Troy Olson said. “He finally broke the ice. No. 7 put us on his back for a little bit there.”

Rauhauser’s ability to carry the Patriots didn’t sit well with Aasand.

“Rauhauser is Rauhauser, but it’s just one guy,” he said. “How does one guy beat a whole team? That’s just being mentally weak as a squad and not getting the job done. Give props to our guys for a good regular season, but we didn’t finish the job we came here to do.”

It was a surprising finish considering how the game began. Century didn’t get its first shot on net until more than eight minutes into the opening period.

“I think we were just too used to West Region play,” Rauhauser said. “We didn’t come out as fast as we wanted to.”

But the Patriots made up for it with a big third period and overtime.

Century now has a chance to advance to its first state championship game. But will the Patriots have much left in the tank after a long, emotional quarterfinal?

“We’re going to do everything we can,” Olson said. “The thing we tell our guys is sell out for today. Do what you can do and move on. It’s a good problem to have.”

FIRST PERIOD: 1, FN, Selberg (Graalum) 12:26.

SECOND PERIOD: No scoring.

THIRD PERIOD: 2, BC, Rauhauser (Brown) 5:23. 3, FN, Klein (Teschendorf) 9:02. 4, BC, Dockter (Rauhauser) 11:37.

OVERTIME: No scoring.

SECOND OVERTIME: No scoring.

THIRD OVERTIME: 5, BC, Brown (Rauhauser, Przybilla) :33.

SAVES: FN, Coleman 7-6-6-18–37. BC, Abfalter 4-4-7-11–26.

Grand Forks Red River 6, Jamestown 0

Grand Forks Red River leading scorer Jacob Benson bounced a centering pass off a Jamestown defender in the first period for his first of two goals as the Roughriders beat the Blue Jays 6-0 on Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals.

No. 1 seed Red River plays Fargo Davies at 6:30 p.m. in today’s first semifinal. The Blue Jays will play in the consolation semifinals at 11 a.m. in the Olympic Arena.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, GFRR, Montgomery (Cleveland, Caufield) 6:07. 2, GFRR, Norman (B. Lunski) 7:40. 3, GFRR, Benson 13:38.

SECOND PERIOD: 4, GFRR, J. Lunski (Christian) 7:23.

THIRD PERIOD: 5, GFRR, Christian (J. Lunski) 5:13. 6, GFRR, Benson (Norman, B. Lunski) 7:58.

SAVES: GFRR, Sauve 4-2-4–10, Churchill x-x-1–1. J, Yatskis 9-15-4–28, Walz x-x-6–6.

Grafton-Park River 4, Bismarck 3

Levi Cudmore scored two goals – including the game winner in the second overtime – as Grafton-Park River defeated Bismarck 4-3 in quarterfinal play.

Johnny Robideaux’s goal for the Spoilers in the final minute of regulation forced overtime.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, B, Gieszler (Cox) 13:57.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, GPR, Rehovsky (Hills) 3:29. 3, GPR, Cudmore (Miller) 13:31.

THIRD PERIOD: 4, B, Irey (Spooner) 5:32. 5, B, Spooner 9:30. 6, GPR, Robideaux (Miller) 16:42.

OVERTIME: No scoring.

SECOND OVERTIME: 7, GPR, Cudmore (Hills, Rehovsky) 14:34 (pp).

SAVES: GPR, Nelson 4-5-4-8–21. B, 5-8-5-8–26.


Miller writes for the Grand Forks Herald