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                         2017-18 North Dakota High School Hockey

                                      [as of 1/18/18  -  11:42 pm]

      Bob Gillen - N.D. State High School Hockey Statistician [19th Year]


G.F. Red River                  3 - 0 - 0  =  5        12 - 16 - 13  =  41
Fargo South/Shanley      
2 - 0 - 0  =  2          3 -  2  -  6   =  11
Mason Salquist  [RR]   1-G & 3-A
Dane Montgomery  [RR]  2-A
Jackson Kunz  [RR]   2-G & 1-A
Zach Sandy  [FSS]   36 Saves on 41 Shots

Fargo Davies     
  0 - 0 - 2   =  2              1  -  6  - 10   =  17
G.F. Central        
  3 - 1 - 0   =  4             12 - 14 -  9    =  35          
Lucas Kanta  [GFC]   3-G
Brandon Holt  [GFC]  2-A
Jared Winter  [FD]  31 Saves on 35 Shots

Fargo North               
3 - 0 - 0  =   3      16 -  3  -  7   =  26
Grafton/Park River   
0 - 1 - 1  =   2       2  - 12 - 16  =  30 
Caleb Fritel  [FN]    1-G & 1-A
Ryley Pladson  [FN]  28 Saves on 30 Shots

Bismarck High         
3 - 2 - 1   =   6        12 - 8 - 7   =  27
Minot High               
0 - 0 - 0   =   0          9 - 11 - 3  =  23
Drew Lenertz  [BHS]  1-G & 2-A
Dain Sardelli  [BHS]  2-G
Quinn Ackerman  [BHS]  23-Save Shutout

0 - 1 - 4  =   5            9 - 5 - 9    =   23
Fargo Davies      
0 - 0 - 3  =   3           5 - 9 - 13   =   27
Paige Hanson  [FD]  1-G & 1-A

0 - 2 - 1  =   3        8 - 15 - 9  =   32
Watford City 19U       
1 - 0 - 0  =  1         3 - 4  - 3  =   10
Kennedy Kuntz  [DICK]   1-G & 2-A
Kamryn Kuntz  [DICK]  1-G & 1-A
Jayli Wandler  [DICK]   9 Saves on 10 Shots

I would like to send congratulations to North Dakota's own Britta Curl who represented Team USA Women's U18 at the 2018 IIHF Under 18 Women's World Championships last week in Russia.  It was Team USA's 4th Straight Gold Medal and Britta was a huge part in the U.S. Teams success.  The Bismarck Blizzard Senior finished tied for second on Team USA for scoring with 8 Points
in 5-Games Played as Curl had 4-Goals and 4-Assists.  She finished tied for 4th Overall in scoring in the entire tournament and was named one of Team USA's top three players for the tournament.  Congrats on your accomplishment and representing North Dakota Girls High School Hockey and the community of Bismarck on a national stage!



All Region and Overall Boy's Coaches Polls can be found by clicking on the Coaches Poll Tab as well as the Girls State Poll.

Bismarck Century is Head Coaches choice to win the West Region
Bismarck Century earned 7-First Place votes from the 9-West Region Head Coaches.  The Patriots were picked first followed by Minot [1-First Place Vote] and Bismarck High [1-First Place Vote] and tied with 54 points came in a tie for second place.  Dickinson edged out Jamestown for fourth in the poll by one point as the Midgets had 40 points and Jamestown had 39.  Mandan was a solid 6th Place with 28-points followed by Williston in 7th Place [19-points] , Bottineau/Rugby in 8th Place [18-Points] and Hazen/Beulah [9-Points].  The Northstars will automatically finish as the 9th Place team in the West Region and will travel to the #8 Seed for the West Region Play-In Game as they will play a J.V. Schedule/Non-Conference Schedule up until West Region Tournament time in February.  Due to the lateness of the poll I do not have the highlights as I did for the East Region and Girls divisions so I apologize but wanted to get posted prior to season starting tonight.

Central and Red River each earn 4 first place votes in East Region Poll
The East Region Coaches are split on which Grand Forks school will win the East Region title this year as both Central and Red River earned four first place votes of the nine votes cast.  Fargo Davies earned the only other first place vote.  Central [27-0-0] last season and state champions will look to repeat but lost many players to graduation so we will see how the Knights fill in the holes with players like Grant Johnson and Judd Caulfield.  Kaleb Johnson returns in goal who posted a 1.33-GAA with a 91.7-SV% for the Knights.  Red River [23-4-0] who was defeated by Bismarck High in overtime in the state semi finals ended up taking 3rd at state also lost many players to graduation.  Mason Salquist [13-30-43] returns for the Riders as does goalie Nate Bradbury [1.73-GAA, 92.0-SV%] as they look to challenge their cross town rivals as well as try get back on top in the state.  Fargo Davies [18-9-0] won the Consolation Championship at state last year and return Jay Buchholz [12-18=30] and goaltender Jared Winter [2.18-GAA, 93.1-SV%].  Davies returns 3 of their top 4 scorers from last years 18-win team so this program could be the wild card in the East Region race and state championship run.  Fargo North gained some support in the poll after finishing last year [5-18-1], the Spartans are picked to finish fourth in the East Region just one point ahead of Fargo South/Shanley [11-12-1].  The Spartans return their top four scorers from last years team as well as Ryley Pladson in net who posted an 88.9-SV% while facing 695 shots.  The Bruins graduated their top six scorers as well as their goalie so this roster may be a mystery until some games are played.  Devils Lake [16-10-0] loses 3 of their top 4 scorers returning Carson Lovin [14-16=30] but also lost star goalie Wyatt Ness which will be the question mark for the Firebirds heading into the new year.  West Fargo Sheyenne and West Fargo are each having a team this year instead of one West Fargo Team so this will be the early watch for me.  What will each team look like and how will the rosters shake out.  Sheyenne looks to have a very senior loaded team with only a few Junior's and Sophomore's on the roster.  The Packers prior to this years split finished last season with a [3-19-1]-Overall Record.  Grafton/Park River [4-19-0] will have former coaching staff member Scott Robideaux back behind the bench but this time as a Head Coach.  The Spoilers have 4 of their top 5 scorers from last season back as well as two of their main goalies back.  Will the Spoilers regain their tradition and be back in the top four of the region and fight for a return to the state tournament?  The coaches have them picked 8th ahead of West Fargo and behind W.F. Sheyenne.  This year, the East Region will have nine teams which means we will have a Play-in Game between the 8th and 9th Place teams with the right to travel to the East Region Number one seed to open the East Region Tournament.  The poll results can be found by going to the Coaches Poll Tab located on the top of the homepage.

Bismarck picked as top team by states Head Coaches in Pre-Season Poll
The Bismarck Blizzard won last years North Dakota girls 2017 State Championship while finishing with a [22-3-1]-Overall Record and a 3-0 shutout over the tournaments #6 Seed Grand Forks.  This year the coaches again tabbed Bismarck as the preseason favorite but only 6 Head Coaches gave them the top spot while 5 Head Coaches are picking Fargo North/South to win the title.  Last year, Bismarck was picked by 8 coaches in the pre-season poll to be the top team at years end.  With Britta Curl [Bismarck] [41-23=64] returning for her Senior season and all three goalies returning for the Blizzard Lauren Watkins [1.22-GA 92.1-SV%], Skylar Ackerman [1.76-GA  90.2-SV%] and Aurora Johnson [2.00-GA 88.0-SV%]  it is easy to see why many have Bismarck to repeat again this season.  Fargo North/South, who went [20-6-0] last year but were upset in the quarterfinals by Mandan at state are hungry to battle Bismarck this season.  They will have their top two scorers back in Graysen Myers [28-18=46] and Anna Erickson [14-23=37] along with goaltenders Kaylee Caspers [1.65-GA, 92.1-SV%] & Lauren Harr [1.66-GA, 89.0-SV%]Rounding out the top five in the poll are West Fargo [15-10-0], Fargo Davies [16-10-0] and Minot [17-8-0].  West Fargo received 77 points with Davies earning 71 points.  Minot had 65 points with Grand Forks right behind them at 62 points.  Mandan came in at 7th with 42 points followed by Williston with 37 points.  Dickinson is 9th at 28 points, Jamestown with 20 points and Devils Lake at 13 points.  The league race will give us an early indication on Tuesday as 10 of the 11 teams are in league play as the Girls season begins.  Bismarck will watch the scores come in Tuesday as they are idle.  Williston and Dickinson face-off in a key early game with Grand Forks and Fargo Davies matchup in a key game.  Minot will travel to Mandan for an interesting matchup while West Fargo plays Devils Lake and Jamestown faces Fargo North/South.  The entire Girls Coaches Poll can be found by going to the Coaches Poll Link on the top of the Home Page.  Good luck to all eleven teams as we sort out the 8 teams that will participate in the state tournament at the Ralph Engelstad Arena at the end of February in Grand Forks.

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