The North Dakota State Boys and Girls Hockey tournament begins tomorrow at Scheels Arena in Fargo, North Dakota.  We have 4 area teams that will participate in the tournament.  Bismarck High School and Bismarck Century will represent for us in the boys tournament.  Bismarck Blizzard & Mandan will be in the girls tournament.

Here's the opening round games for the boys tournament.

#1W-Bismarck Century  [17-7-0]
#4E-Fargo Davies   [19-5-0]
Thu. Feb. 27th  -  12:00 pm    Fargo Scheels Arena
Fargo Davies won only meeting this year 5-1 on Feb. 7th in Fargo

#2E-Fargo South/Shanley  [18-5-1]
#3W-Minot High   [18-6-0]
Thu. Feb. 27th  -   2:30 pm     Fargo Scheels Arena

#1E-Grand Forks Red River  [15-7-2]
#4W-Jamestown  [14-9-0]
Thu. Feb. 27th  -   5:30 pm     Fargo Scheels Arena

#2W-Bismarck High  [9-14-0]
#3E-Grand Forks Central  [20-4-0]
Thu. Feb. 27th  -   8:00 pm     Fargo Scheels Arena
G.F. Central won only meeting this year 12-1 back on Dec. 28th in Bismarck

Both Century and Bismarck high have tough opening round draws.  Century lost to Fargo Davies at Fargo's Scheels Arena back in early February.  Bismarck High was down to Grand Forks Central 3-1 after one period in their earlier meeting in December.  The Knights got an early shorthanded goal in the 2nd period and that seemed to open up the flood gates.  The defending state champs went on to an easy 12-1 win.

Century comes into the state tournament on a roll.  The Patriots have won 5 in a row and 12 of their last 14.  They've been very explosive on offense and very stingy on defense.  They should give Davies all they can handle and don't be surprised if CHS advances to the 2nd round.

BHS surprised a lot of people by finishing second in the West region tournament, including at 3-2 upset win over the #1 seed Minot.  They have some confidence coming into the state tournament, but will need a near perfect game to compete with Grand Forks Central.  Grand Forks Central has had a few struggles of late, and was nearly upset by Fargo North in the East region tournament.

2020 Girls State Hockey Tournament Schedule - Fargo Farmers Union Arena

#8-West Fargo United  [8-14-0]
#1-Fargo Davies  [20-0-3]
Thu. Feb. 27th  -  11:00 am     Fargo Farmers Union Arena
Fargo Davies won both games by 3-0 and 5-0 scores

#5-Grand Forks  [11-10-2]
#4-Devils Lake  [14-8-1]
Thu. Feb. 27th  -  1:30 pm       Fargo Farmers Union Arena
The teams split as Grand Forks won 4-1 and Devils Lake won 1-0

#7-Mandan  [10-12-0]
#2-Bismarck  [17-5-1]
Thu. Feb. 27th  -  5:00 pm       Fargo Farmers Union Arena
Bismarck won both games by 12-1 and 4-1 scores

#6-Minot High  [11-9-2]
#3-Fargo North/South  [17-4-2]
Thu. Feb. 27th  -  7:30 pm       Fargo Farmers Union Arena
Fargo North/South won both meeting by 4-1 and 5-2 scores

The Bismarck Blizzard will face off against Mandan in the first round of the girls tournament.  The Blizzard won the first meeting easily but it was a closer game in the second meeting.

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