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Grand Forks, Fargo North skate to tie

There were questions before the season whether Maddie Hieb, Emily Dahl and Haley Olmstead would be able to participate on the Fargo North girls hockey team.

There were questions before the season whether Maddie Hieb, Emily Dahl and Haley Olmstead would be able to participate on the Fargo North girls hockey team.

"Administration wasn't going to let our eighth graders participate," Fargo North coach Dave Bjugson said. "We had to fight with them and convince them that they were ready to compete on the varsity level."

Not only would the girls participate, they would make a big impact.

Hieb scored two goals and Dahl and Olmstead each recorded an assist to lead North to a comeback 2-2 tie with Grand Forks on Tuesday in the Eagles Arena.

Hieb took a long rebound off KnightRider goalie Ashlynn Windjue and scored from the point with 45 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 2.

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"They (Hieb, Dahl and Olmstead) have been playing very well all season," Bjugson said. "They talk a lot and communicate very well."

Said Grand Forks coach Kyle Ellingson: "That line is a very, very talented line. They have speed, size and quickness."

Grand Forks scored 27 seconds into the game after Kristyn Voegele took a rebound and fired it past goaltender Savannah Heiser to give the KnightRiders a 1-0 lead.

Seven minutes later, Hieb tied the game at 1 after taking a deflected puck and putting it past Windjue.

The KnightRiders would regroup and take a 2-1 lead late in the first period on a Kaci Bazey goal.

"We started out pretty slow in the first period," Hieb said. "We picked up our play in the second period and played well there on out."

Windjue ended with 22 saves, while Heiser finished with 26.

North, 16-1-1, will take the No. 1 seed into the state tournament. Grand Forks, 16-2-1, will take the second seed.

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"That one seed is very important for us going into the tournament." Bjugson said. "It gives us a lot of momentum and great position to get things done at state."

"Our girls are not satisfied at all with the outcome," said Ellingson. "We know that we can compete with any team in the state. Our girls have a lot of confidence going into the postseason.

"I know that if we play the way that we're capable of playing, we can come out on top. We're very hungry."

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