In North Dakota, Fargo Davies shoots for state titles for boys, girls

Fargo Davies looks to become first North Dakota school to win both titles in the same year.

Fargo Davies' Olivia Opheim fires a shot on goal past West Fargo United's Erin Nowacki during the North Dakota state girls high school hockey tournament semifinals at Scheels Arena on Friday, Feb. 25, 2022.
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FARGO — The boys and girls hockey teams from Fargo Davies could make history Saturday when they play in their respective state title games.


The Davies girls earned their third consecutive trip to the title game with a barrage of third-period goals against West Fargo United. The Eagles will defend their 2021 title when the take the ice against Fargo North/South at 4:45 p.m.

The game features a rematch of last year's title game.

Fargo North/South topped the Bismarck Blizzard by a 5-1 margin to advance to the championship for the fourth time in five years.

The Spruins have outscored their opponents 10-1 during the tournament. In 2018 and 2019, they lost in the title game against the Blizzard. North/South has not won a title as a combined team. South won two titles (2003, 2012) while North captured five (2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011) prior to combining forces.


The Eagles topped the Spruins 3-2 in last year's title game to win their first state title. A second title could set up Fargo Davies to make history. No North Dakota school has swept the girls and boys hockey titles.

On the Davies' 26th shot of the game, Morgan Sauvageau finally cracked the scoreboard for her 23rd of the season and the Eagles soared from there
Rylee Bartz records second hat trick in as many days to lead Spruins attack
The Eagles' state title defense got off to a strong start in the quarterfinals, thanks in part to two-point nights from four players
Rylee Bartz found the back of the net just over 2 minutes into the second before Rebecca Mathison added another just 25 seconds later, and Fargo North-South carried that momentum the rest of the way


The Davies boys (23-3) look to capture their first state championship when they play Grand Forks Red River (20-5). Both teams have outscored their opponents by a 9-1 margin en route to the title game.

The Rough Riders are making their third consecutive appearance in the title game, having dropped last year's championship to cross-town rival Grand Forks Central and winning the 2020 title with a win over Fargo South/Shanley.

The Davies Eagles make their second appearance in a title game, having lost in 2019 to Central.

The puck drops at 7 p.m. at Scheels Arena.

There was no stopping the high-flying Eagles, who scored early and often in their 6-0 rout of West Fargo Sheyenne in the North Dakota boys hockey state tournament semifinals
The Roughriders scored twice on a five-minute major power play in the third period.
The second-seeded Eagles rattled off three third-period goals as they picked up a 3-1 win over West No. 3 seed Minot
The Riders will now face Fargo South/Shanley in the state semifinals late Friday night.
2022 North Dakota High School Girls State Hockey Bracket
2022 North Dakota High School Boys Hockey Tournament Bracket

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