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North-South girls get revenge in state quarterfinal win over Mandan

Fargo North-South's girls hockey players had their hearts broken around this time a year ago. North-South's high octane offense was stymied by lower-seeded Mandan in an overtime loss in the first round of the state tournament.

North-South's Graysen Myers wasn't scared of drawing Mandan again at all. She wanted the chance to get even.

Top-seeded North-South scored eight goals in the first two periods on its way to an 11-2 win over No. 8-seeded Mandan in the North Dakota state quarterfinals on Thursday at Ralph Engelstad's Olympic Arena.

"It was with us throughout the season," Myers said of last year's loss to Mandan. "We've always kind of wanted revenge on them, and we wanted to get them again. It pushed us through the season."

Graysen Myers, Avery Myers and Anna Erickson led North-South's offense just like they have led the North Dakota state points rankings almost all season. Graysen Myers, a Bemidji State commit who led the state in points, finished the game with five goals and added three assists for eight points. Avery Myers, who was second in the state in scoring, finished with a goal and four assists while Erickson, who was third in the state in points, scored her team's first two goals and added two assists. Six different North-South players scored goals.

"We were just rolling right out of the lockerroom," Erickson said. "We were just ready to get our chance again this year, and it finally came."

Erickson scored 13 seconds into the opening period. Just over two minutes later, Emily Horner, who scored the game-winning goal in overtime in last season's state tournament against North-South, scored on a power play to tie it up. Erickson scored again. Mandan replied less than a minute later on a Katie Rebenitsch goal.

"When you're playing a team like North-South, they have a lot of firepower up front. They're tough to stop," Mandan head coach Matt Strinden said. "I thought we hung with them in the first period."

This time around, North-South wouldn't let up. North-South (20-4) didn't allow Mandan (7-16-1) to take any more than those two shots on goal in the first period as the Braves finished the game with seven shots on goal. North-South, on the other hand, netted nine unanswered goals.

Fargo North-South 11, Mandan 2

FIRST PERIOD: 1, FNS, Erickson (A. Myers, G. Myers), 0:13. 2, M, Horner (Patrick), 2:17, pp. 3, FNS, Erickson (A. Myers, G. Myers), 8:01. 4, M, Rebenitsch (Peterson, Ritchart), 8:58. 5, FNS, A. Myers (Emineth, Peterson), 13:26. 6, FNS, G. Myers (A. Myers, Hell), 15:45, pp.

SECOND PERIOD: 7, FNS, G. Myers (Hell, Erickson), sh. 8, FNS, Hell (G. Myers, A. Myers), 5:59, pp. 9, FNS, Arman (Promersberger, Sornsin), 8:12. 10, FNS, G. Myers, 11:56.

THIRD PERIOD: 11, FNS, G. Myers (Erickson), 6:36. 12, FNS, Martin (Arman, Promersberger), 10:00. 13, FNS, G. Myers, 13:16.

SAVES: M, Sheetz 16-9-7--32; FNS, Caspers 0-4-1--5.

Colton Pool

Pool is a reporter for The West Fargo Pioneer covering city sports and community news. He was the sports editor for The Dickinson Press covering Dickinson State athletics, high school athletics and Southwest Speedway. He graduated from North Dakota State with a degree in journalism and a minor in English. You can reach him by phone at 701-451-5715 or tweet him @CPoolReporter. 

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