Bantam state hockey continues at Maysa Arena

Justin Martinez/MDN Rugby’s Cole Vietz-Reile (14) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal during the Icehawks’ 3-1 win over the Langdon Blades on Saturday in the Bantam Gold state hockey tournament at the Maysa Arena.

The championship matchups are set.

Eight teams rose to the occasion on Saturday at the Maysa Arena, as all four classes of the Bantam state hockey tournament (AA, A, B Gold and B Silver) narrowed their respective tournaments to two competitors for today’s championship round.

Here’s a look at how Day 2 played out:

Bantam AA

The Bantam AA three-team pool kept rolling on Saturday to see which teams advanced to today’s championship match.

Justin Martinez/MDN Cole Barta tries to elude a trio of defenders during the Grand Forks Wheatkings’ 4-0 win over the Grand Forks Sugarkings on Saturday in the semifinals of the Bantam A state hockey tournament at the Maysa Arena.

The Grand Forks Aviators entered the day with two points under their belt after defeating the Minot Wolves in Friday’s only game by a score of 5-2. After not playing yesterday, the Fargo Freeze moved into a tie for first place Saturday afternoon with a 4-3 win over the Wolves.

The Aviators and the Freeze then faced off Saturday night in a game that was merely a formality, as both teams had already locked up their spot in today’s championship game. The Aviators came out on top, 8-4.

Grand Forks and Fargo will play today at 1:30 p.m. to determine the Bantam AA champion.

Bantam A

The Bantam A field got cut in half on Saturday, as four teams competed in the semifinals for a spot in today’s championship match.

The Grand Forks Wheatkings were first to punch their ticket with a 4-0 win over the Grand Forks Sugarkings. Next to advance were the JVC Prowl, who bested the Fargo Freeze (Black) by a score of 6-3.

The Wheatkings and the Prowl will face off today at 11:30 a.m. to determine the Bantam A champion.

Bantam Gold

Similar to the Bantam AA three-team pool, the Bantam Gold pool found its two championship competitors on Saturday.

After the Rugby Icehawks defeated the Crosby Comets on Friday by a score of 3-1 to earn two points, the Comets bounced back on Saturday and earned two points of their own with a 3-1 win over the Langdon Blades.

The third and final game of the pool saw the Icehawks defeat the Blades by a score of 6-2, which sets up a rematch between Rugby and Crosby today at 3:30 p.m. in the Bantam Gold championship.

Bantam Silver

In the Bantam Silver tournament, the Fargo Freeze (Maroon) secured their spot in today’s championship with a convincing 6-2 win over the Bismarck Capitals (Red).

It’s there that the Freeze will take on the JVC Prowl, who bested the Northwood Ice Storm by a score of 4-2 to advance to the championship.

Fargo and JVC will face off today at 9:30 a.m. to crown a Bantam Silver champion.

Justin Martinez covers Minot High School sports and Class B high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @JTheSportsDude.