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Bruins nip Riders for title

The East Region boys hockey tournament didn't feature many close games. In fact, the tournament was characterized by six games decided by six or more goals.

The East Region boys hockey tournament didn't feature many close games. In fact, the tournament was characterized by six games decided by six or more goals.

Fargo South and Grand Forks Red River made up for the lack of excitement in the championship game.

Senior forward Jake McDougall broke a 1-all tie with a power-play goal in the third period to lift South to a 2-1 victory against Red River in the region final in Purpur Arena.

South will meet Bismarck Century at noon Thursday in the first round of the state tournament in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Roughriders will face Williston in the final quarterfinal at 8:30 p.m.

"We're happy with how we're playing," said South goalie Sean Deichert, who stopped 31 shots. "We want to keep progressing toward state."

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With South leading 2-1, Red River pulled goalie Pat Arnason with a minute left. However, the Riders couldn't manage many good looks at Deichert with the man advantage.

"There were quite a few whistles (in the last minute)," Deichert said. "They didn't get many chances."

The Bruins started the scoring with a goal at 4:04 of the first period. South defenseman Parker Metz scored on a blast from the right point that beat Arnason, who was screened by traffic out front.

The Riders evened the score in the second period when Ryan LaDouceur made a nice feed across the slot to Bryan Scholler, who put it home at 15:33 of the second period.

McDougall knocked in his own rebound for the game-winner at 2:33 of the third period.

"He has a feel for the net," South coach Dean Wilson said. "He's played hard and well for us all season."

Red River missed a number of chances in the second period. The Riders failed to score on 1:20 worth of a 5-on-3, hitting pipe twice. The best chance came when Nick Schaefer received a penalty shot, but Deichert gloved the attempt.

"South capitalized on their chances, and when we had a chance, Deichert made the play," Red River coach Matt Malm said. "(The Bruins) are a good team."

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Devils Lake-Cando 3, GF Central 1: Grand Forks Central has struggled to stay out of the penalty box all season.

And with the season on the line, things weren't any different.

In a state-qualifying game, the Knights gave up a game-winning goal with 17 seconds left in the second period and started the third period with a 10-minute misconduct penalty as the Firebirds dropped the Knights in Purpur Arena.

Devils Lake-Cando will meet Bismarck High at 6 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the state tournament.

"Penalties killed us," Central coach Tony Bina said.

In the third period alone, Central took nine penalties, including three 10-minute misconducts. Tanner Spicer and Matt Klockman each received the penalty with nine seconds left. Senior defenseman Jared Stadstad took a misconduct penalty 48 seconds into the third period.

"I want to make a public apology to the team, alumni, parents and fans of Grand Forks Central for the way our players acted at the end of the game," Bina said. "I'm embarrassed."

Devils Lake-Cando's leading scorer, Kyle Everson, who was named to the all-East Region team, knocked in a rebound with 17 seconds left in the second period to break a 1-all tie.

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Brandon Hanson put in his second goal of the game into an empty net with 36 seconds left in the game to ice things for the Firebirds.

"I was pleased to get that third goal to cement things," Devils Lake-Cando coach Al Henry said. "If you've played hockey, you know it only takes one bounce."

Central goalie Josh Ness kept the Knights in striking distance most of the game. Ness stopped 33 shots.

Devils Lake-Cando goalie Daniel Groves had 18 stops.

After a scoreless first period, Hanson took the puck from the slot to the low left circle and beat Ness for a 1-0 Firebirds lead 7:44 into the second period.

Matt Klockman responded for Central when he stopped Spicer's attempt just outside the goalie crease and fired it past Groves to tie it 10:59 into the second.

Grafton-Park River 7, Fargo North 0: East Region third periods flew by for Grafton-Park River. The Spoilers routed West Fargo 8-1 on Thursday, followed by an 8-2 setback to Fargo South on Friday.

Grafton-Park River saw running clock again on the final day of the tournament as it cruised past Fargo North in a loser-out game.

The Spoilers, a No. 3 seed, improved to 18-5 overall. The Spartans finished the season 11-12-1. Grafton-Park River will face Minot at 2:30 p.m. in a quarterfinal round of the state tournament.

"Yesterday, we got embarrassed," said Spoilers forward Chad Demers, who netted two goals. "We wanted to come out and do that to (the Spartans)."

Demers' shot from the blue line that beat North goalie Dan Zehren for a 1-0 lead 13:09 into the game opened the floodgates.

Grafton-Park River scored four goals in a span of 1:31. After Demers, Tanner Hills, Todd Presteng and Chris Midgarden in the first period.

"That seems to happen to us a lot," Demers said of the flurry. "We were playing with more of a sense of urgency. We talked about that. . . . There are no more second chances. We have to win every game from here on out."

Demers and Cody Boyle added second-period goals, while Tom McCann knocked one in during the third period for the Spoilers.

Mike Sand recorded his fourth shutout of the season, stopping 17 shots. Zehren made 35 saves for North.

Those numbers were the key for Grafton-Park River coach Jay Haugland.

"We said we wanted 30 shots on goal and not give up 20," said Haugland, who was named East Region coach of the year. "So that was good.

"The kids played like they really wanted it. It was their goal to get to state. Anything can happen at state."

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