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North Dakota high school girls hockey season to move one week later, break up state tournament with boys

The girls hockey state tournament will be on its own for the next two years

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Fargo North-South celebrates defeating Fargo Davies for the North Dakota state girls hockey championship Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at Scheels Arena, Fargo.
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FARGO — The North Dakota high school hockey season will be a week longer starting in 2023.

The North Dakota High School Activities Association approved a plan that will extend the girls hockey season by one week, and breaking up the boys and girls state tournaments, an event that has been paired together since 2007.

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Beginning this winter, the girls hockey season will begin a week later than usual and conclude with an eight team state tournament in Minot running March 2-4. The event will be played at the MAYSA Arena in Minot, which opened in 2020. The arena hosts the North American Hockey League's Minot Minotauros and the Minot State men's hockey team.

The tournament will coincide with the same weekend as the Girls State B Basketball Tournament, which will be played the same weekend in Minot at the Minot State Dome.

"My guess it's been talked about for 15 years since the boys and girls tournaments have been combined." said NDHSAA executive director Matt Fetsch. "For years the girls hockey coaches have been confident that their tournament will be well attended if it was a stand-alone tournament, I guess we will be a lot smarter a year from now."

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Since 2007, the boys and girls hockey tournaments have been a combined event, with eight quarterfinal games being played on Thursday, the girls semifinals on Friday afternoon and the championship game right before the boys title game. This year, Fargo North defeated Fargo Davies 2-1 in double overtime in one of the most exciting title games in state history.

"I'm very confident Minot will put its best foot forward. As a community, they were excited to be considered."

It is a two year plan that the NDHSAA has signed off on. The site for the 2024 tournament is not know yet, that year the girls state B basketball tournament will be played in Grand Forks at the Betty Englestad Sioux Center.

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Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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