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Fargo Davies, Bismarck Blizzard carry top seeds into North Dakota girls hockey state tourney

The Eagles look to defend their title, while Blizzard aim to return to championship form and capture their 10th state championship.

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Julia McIvor (17) of Devils Lake raises her stick as Jamestown's Bernadette Belzer (15) controls the puck with Ellie Krueger (13) moving forward Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, at John L. Wilson Arena.
John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

FARGO — Defending champion Fargo Davies High School will carry the top overall seed into the 2022 North Dakota state girls hockey tournament starting Thursday, Feb. 24.

The Eagles (21-1) look to defend their title and open the tournament at 11 a.m. against the Grand Forks Knight Riders (9-14).

The Bismarck Blizzard (17-4) are the No. 2 seed. They will play Jamestown (9-12) at 5 p.m.

Other quarterfinal matchups are:

  • No. 4 seed West Fargo United (14-8-1) faces No. 5 Mandan (12-9) 30 minutes after the Davies/Grand Forks game.
  • No. 3 seed Fargo North/South (17-6) against No. 6 Minot (13-9). The game begins 30 minutes after the Bismarck/Jamestown game.

All quarterfinal games will be at Fargo Farmers Union Arena. Winners will advance to play in the semifinals Friday at Scheels Arena, with the championship scheduled for 4:45 p.m. Saturday inside Scheels Arena.
Fargo Davies topped Fargo North/South/Shanley by a 3-2 score in the 2021 championship.

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The Bismarck Blizzard won the previous six titles from 2015 to 2020. The Blizzard had won seven of eight championships prior to last year, and nine titles since the tournament was first held in 2003.

View the 2022 NDHSSA Girls Hockey State Tournament bracket

View the winners of the North Dakota girls championships

Watch the tournament livestream with a WDAY Sports+ subscription.

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