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Minot High boy’s hockey to play for third place

FARGO – Grand Forks Red River will face Grand Forks Central in the championship hockey match today at the Scheels Arena.

The Minot High boys hockey team is enjoying a great run at the North Dakota High School state hockey meet this week. The Magicians were the only team to win in the quarterfinals to represent the west at the state tournament in the semifinals. The Magi lost to Grand Forks Central 5-0 in the last game of the evening. They will face Fargo South in the third place matchup today after the girls hockey teams are finished with their third place match.

The Magi were the only team from the west to make it past the quarters into the semifinals. To make the semis, Minot High had to face a stout Fargo North team.

Despite being outshot 28-16, stellar goalie play gave the Magicians the 5-2 win over the local Fargo North Spartans. After a scoreless first period, where Minot High was outshot 5-4, the Magi were able to get on the board with a score at the 10:47 mark while trailing 1-0. The goal by Tate Haugenoe was assisted by Jaxson Radke and tied the game up. The Magi would not trail again.

Teagan Strand scored at the 12:18 mark to give Minot High the lead. Assists by Rylan Roteliuk and Radke were part of the scoring move. The Spartans added a score just before the end of the second period to tie the game at 2-2 and outshot the Magi again 11-6.

The scoring continued for Minot High in the third period as Mackley Morelli, Strand and Roteliuk each had unassisted goals despite being outshot by Fargo North 12-6 in the final period.

The win allowed the Magi to advance to the semifinals against Grand Forks on Friday.

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