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Grand Forks Central will host a pep rally at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Central gym to honor the 2017 North Dakota state boys hockey champions. All fans, students, parents and alumni are welcome. The Knights became the third team in state history to finish a season unbeaten when they defeated Bismarck High 7-2 on Saturday night in the state championship game at Scheels Arena in Fargo.
FARGO—Ryan Clancy put an end to any chances of an all-Grand Forks North Dakota state boys hockey championship game. The Bismarck High senior forward scored at 5:37 of overtime Friday to lift the Demons to a 3-2 win over Grand Forks Red River in the semifinals of the North Dakota state boys hockey tournament at Scheels Arena. "Gutty," Bismarck coach Mike Peluso said. "I think our conditioning took over. Our guys took over when the game reached the late hours."
FARGO -- With one game left in the season, the Grand Forks Central boys hockey team’s undefeated season is still alive. The Knights can thank Judd Caulfield for that. Caulfield, a sophomore forward on Central’s dominant top line, scored two third-period goals to lead the Knights to a 4-1 win over Minot on Friday night in the semifinals of the North Dakota state boys high school hockey tournament at Scheels Arena.
FARGO—In last weekend's East Region championship, Grand Forks Red River shuffled the team's top two lines for the first time all year. The Roughriders lost the region title in overtime to undefeated Grand Forks Central, although Red River played one of its strongest games of the season. The Riders continued to experiment with line combinations in the opening of the North Dakota state boys hockey tournament and appear to still be in search of consistency.
FARGO—The Devils Lake boys hockey team was trying to get to the North Dakota state tournament semifinals for the first time since 2007, while Bismarck High was trying to advance for the fourth-straight year. On Thursday, experience won out. Grayden Stone scored two goals in the first period and Ryan Clancy scored the game-winning goal late in the second as Bismarck High beat Devils Lake 4-2 in the quarterfinals of the state tournament at Scheels Arena.
FARGO—Easton Bennett scored two goals, including the go-ahead goal while skating shorthanded, to lead Minot to a 4-2 win over Fargo Davies on Thursday in the North Dakota state boys hockey tournament quarterfinals at Scheels Arena. Davies outshot Minot 30-16. The Eagles received two goals from freshman Cade Stibbe.
FARGO—In the opening three minutes, Grand Forks Central senior Grant Johnson, the state's leading scorer, hit a post and a crossbar. It took Mitchel Idalski of Central's fourth line to break through in the first period. Once he did, the rest of the offense piled on. Johnson had a hat trick and Central's fourth line scored three goals as the Knights beat Dickinson 10-0 on Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota state tournament at Scheels Arena.
Grand Forks Central forward Judd Caulfield doesn't say much off the ice, but the sophomore's game has done a lot of talking lately. Caulfield, who committed to the UND hockey program in the fall, is putting together the best scoring season for an East Region underclassmen in at least the past 10 years. Caulfield has 22 goals and 35 assists this season for the Knights, who open the North Dakota state tournament Thursday. Central, the unbeaten No. 1 seed, plays Dickinson at noon in the quarterfinals at Scheels Arena in Fargo.
A year ago, Grand Forks Red River forward Jake Arel played in all 27 games for the undefeated state champion Roughriders. He was the only Red River player to play in every game and not score a goal. Arel, now a senior, opened this season struggling to score, too. After back-to-back games without a shot on goal, Red River coach Bill Chase had an intervention. "That's just not good," Chase said as he showed Arel the shot charts. "You need to be more aggressive. We need you."
As the UND athletic department sorts through a $1.3 million budget cut, another financial hurdle may exist with the school's new conference home, the Summit League. Summit League members are required to pay the league a $150,000 penalty for each Summit-sponsored program eliminated during the first eight years of membership. Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple confirmed the fee to the Herald on Monday morning, although he wouldn't commit to whether UND would be held to that standard as the school won't play a conference schedule until the 2018-19 season.