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Fargo South/Shanley Bruins fans cheer on their team during their opening round loss to Bismarck Thursday at the North Dakota state hockey tournament in Grand Forks.JOHN STENNESGRAND FORKS HERALD

STATE BOYS HOCKEY: Bismarck High tops Fargo-Shanley 6-3

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Earlier this season, Bismarck High beat Fargo South-Shanley in a low-scoring, one-goal game.

“After that game, I made the comment that they were one of the better teams we’ve played this year,” said South-Shanley coach Wade Storey.

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Bismarck High did nothing to change Storey’s opinion Thursday afternoon when the Demons breezed to a 6-3 win in the quarterfinal round of the North Dakota boys state hockey tournament at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Tre Kautzman scored three goals for the Demons while Jared Spooner finished with three assists as the Demons improved to 21-3 and will meet West Fargo in tonight’s semifinals.

After a scoreless first period, it appeared another low-scoring game was in store, much like Bismarck High’s 3-2 win over the Bruins earlier this season.

“After that period, I thought it’d be a 1-0 game,” said Storey, as South-Shanley goalie Jake Salentine and Bismarck High’s Brett Malkmus both came up with big stops.

But the Demons broke the game open in the second period, scoring four goals. Two goals — from Ryan Gustafson and Dalton Sanders — came 13 seconds apart for a 3-0 lead. Gustafson blasted a slap shot from the left point while Sanders tipped in a rebound. 

“For whatever reason, we’ve had second periods like that this season,” said Bismarck High coach Mike Peluso. “I don’t know if it’s because we’re older or more conditioned, but our kids seem to get better as the game progresses.”

The Demons didn’t stop in the third period, firing 19 shots on goal and scoring two more goals — both from Kautzman. His two goals came 14 seconds apart.

South-Shanley got on the board with one second left in the second period on James Johannesson’s power-play goal and again in the third on back-to-back goals by Dallas Raftevold. His goals were 20 seconds apart.

By that time, however, the Demons had gained control.

”There were about three minutes in the second period where we made three mistakes and they put the puck in the net three times,” said Storey.

The 12-11 Bruins, who were outshot 41-33, will play Bismarck Century in a consolation semifinal today at 11 a.m.

The game featured 19 penalties, 10 on South-Shanley. 

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Wayne Nelson
Nelson is the sports editor of the Herald
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