BOYS HOCKEY: Riders beat Mandan in OT in state consolation round
It took an overtime and 63 shots on goal, but Grand Forks Red River extended its boys hockey season by one more game.
The Roughriders edged Mandan 3-2 in overtime Friday in a consolation semifinal game in the North Dakota boys high school hockey tournament.
Red River meets Fargo South-Shanley, a 3-0 consolation semifinal winner over Bismarck Century, in the fifth-place game at noon today.
Red River had a huge 63-11 advantage in shots on goal. Shot No. 63 for Red River was a rebound in a scramble in front of the net that Logan Montgomery put in for the game-winner.
“Eric Leach came around the net and put the puck out front,” Red River coach Bill Chase said. “He and Logan dove at it, swung at it, everything they could do. After all that, Eric said the puck was just lying there to hit in.”
It was the second goal for Montgomery, with Grant Caulfield also scoring for the Roughriders. Trever Leingang and Colton Murphy had goals for Mandan.
Jon DeBeltz, filling in for injured regular goalie Aaron Sauve, had nine saves for Red River. Mandan freshman Sawyer Schmidt turned back 60 shots.
“To only get three goals with that many shots, that’s not good shooting,” Chase said. “But we kept going, going, going. It was persistence.”
Jake Salentine had 21 saves in the shutout win for the Bruins.
South-Shanley managed one goal in each period. Dallas Raftevold got the Bruins on the scoreboard with a power-play goal at 4:42 of the first.
James Johannesson scored in the second and Tom George in the third. Andrew Blumer and Tyler Bossert each had a pair of assists for South-Shanley.