JAMESTOWN, N.D. — On Saturday night, the temperature in Jamestown was 2 degrees. The wind chill was minus-11 degrees.
But the high school hockey teams that comprised the annual Hockey Day North Dakota weren’t complaining.
Outdoor hockey was showcased in North Dakota on a day that was cold with snow showers. But the games went on anyway and it was a good day for Grand Forks Central and Grand Forks Red River.
Both came away with convincing wins.
Central downed Bismarck Century 4-1 while Red River – the top-ranked team in the state – rolled to an 8-0 win over Bismarck High 8-0.
In the Central win, the Knights received goals from Cade Lindseth, Caden Johansen, who scored his first career goal, Dominic Gerszewski and Conner Litzinger.
The Knights outshot the Demons 35-13.
Central improved to 8-5 on the season while Century dropped to 3-11.
Red River, meanwhile, scored four goals in the third period to overwhelm the Demons
Red River went up 3-0 after one period on goals from Luc Bydal, Carson Skarperud and Cooper Freije. Garrett Eickman made it 4-0 on the only goal of the second period.
The Riders outshot Bismarck 42-4.
Red River improved to 13-2 while Bismarck dropped to 6-9.
The two Grand Forks-Bismarck games originally were scheduled to be played over the Christmas break in Grand Forks but were moved to Jamestown as part of the Hockey Day North Dakota festivities.
1/16: Hockey fans brave sub-zero windchill at Hockey Day in Jamestown, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022.
2/16: Grand Forks Red River players gather around a fire Saturday afternoon at Hockey Day in Jamestown.
3/16: Hockey Day ND workers clear the ice between periods Saturday during Grand Forks Central's game against Bismarck Century at Hockey Day in Jamestown.
4/16: Grand Forks Central goalie Jaxson Washburn looks down ice as snow flurries swirl during the Knights' game against Bismarck Century Saturday, Jan. 22, in Jamestown.
5/16: Grand Forks Red River's Dillon Jackson looks to get his stick on the puck against Bismarck High Saturday.
6/16: Grand Forks Central's Cade Lindseth (8) and teammates celebrate a goal in the third period against Bismarck Century Saturday in Jamestown.
7/16: Grand Forks Red River's Carson Skarperud and linemates skate to the bench after scoring in the first period against Bismarck High Saturday in Jamestown.
8/16: Grand Forks Central's Jacob Gerszewski keeps an eye on the puck late in their game against Bismarck Century Saturday at Hockey Day in Jamestown.
9/16: Red River's Mason Stroh skates with the puck away from Bismarck's Gavin Rader in the first period of their game Saturday in Jamestown.
10/16: Bismarck Century's Alek Fosland and Grand Forks Central's Colton Bjorge work for position Saturday at Hockey Day in Jamestown.
11/16: Bismarck Century's Casey Odegaard (29) wears a layer of fresh snow during their game with Grand Forks Central Saturday at Hockey Day in Jamestown.
12/16: Grand Forks Central players celebrate an early goal against Bismarck Century during their game Saturday, January 22, 2022 in Jamestown.
13/16: Bismarck Century's Kade Orstad goes into the team's portable locker room in a semi-trailer between periods Saturday at Hockey Day in Jamestown.
14/16: Red River's Wyatt LeDuc celebrates a Roughrider goal with teammates in the first period of their game against Bismarck High Saturday at Hockey Day in Jamestown.
15/16: Grand Forks Central's Caden Johansen gets his stick on the puck as Bismarck Century's Riley Vander Laan looks on during hockey day in Jamestown.
16/16: A light snow falls during Grand Forks Red River's game against Bismarck High Saturday in Jamestown.
Wayne Nelson is the sports editor at the Herald.
He has been with the Grand Forks Herald since 1995, serving as the UND football and basketball beat writer as well as serving as the sports editor.
He is a UND graduate and has been writing sports since the late 1970s.
Follow him on Twitter @waynenelsongf. You can reach him at (701) 780-1268