Fargo Davies girls hockey shuts out Minot to advance to state semifinals

Forum News Service Sydney Peterson of Fargo Davies deflects a shot by Minot during their quarterfinal game of the North Dakota Hockey Tournament on Thursday in Grand Forks.

GRAND FORKS — Sydney Peterson clanked her hockey stick against the goal posts more times than she actually had to defend it. In one of the biggest games of her high school career, Peterson was getting bored.

But Peterson was thrilled when her Fargo Davies girls hockey teammates shouted in exuberance and swarmed her after they advanced to the state semifinals.

In a rematch from last year’s state tournament quarterfinals, the No. 4-seeded Eagles kept their opponent’s shots to a minimum as they defeated No. 5-seeded Minot 2-0 on Thursday, Feb. 22, at Olympic Arena. Peterson totaled 15 saves in the shutout.

“We all had belief in us,” Peterson said. “I’m just proud of this whole group. We’ve worked so hard. I’m so happy.”

Going into the game, the Majettes were 12-0 when scoring four goals and 1-10 when they didn’t. Peterson, who had allowed 1.88 goals per game this season with an 89.3 save percentage, recorded her sixth shutout of the season.

“We knew they were a good team, so we wanted to come out strong and just finish strong,” Peterson said. “We’ve just got to be ready at any moment.”

Eagles forward Kylie Schafer, who was top 10 in the state in goals going into the tournament, said getting at least one goal on the board was a momentum swing and a confidence boost.

She scored her 20th goal of the season with less than two minutes left in the first period.

“We just focused on keeping them out of our net and putting them in the back of theirs,” Schafer said. “When us as forwards made little mistakes, (the defense) was there to back us up.”

Davies scored again less than six minutes into the second period. McKenna Peterson led a two-on-one charge to the Eagles’ offensive zone and waited until the last second when the Minot defender committed to Peterson, who then passed over to her left. Kaia Johnson got her shot to go past the glove hand of Minot goalie Amber Borkhuis, who finished with 33 saves.

Minot has now lost in the quarterfinals for 12 consecutive seasons. Minot head coach Weylin Wahlstrom said he and his players felt this year was going to be different.

“All the stars were aligning,” Wahlstrom said. “The only one that wasn’t was us putting the puck in the back of the net.”

Schafer, who helped Davies get to the state semifinals last year, said she and her teammates were plenty nervous in the locker room before the game. She could only describe the feeling there afterward as “amped.”

“Any team in the state can win,” Schafer said. “It’s all about who wants it more than the other.”