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Anderson's OT goal triggers South win

Ashley Anderson couldn't have asked for a better way to close out her high school hockey career. The Fargo South senior scored on a wraparound 2:45 into overtime to give the Bruins a 2-1 victory over the Minot Majettes Saturday afternoon in the c...

Ashley Anderson couldn't have asked for a better way to close out her high school hockey career.

The Fargo South senior scored on a wraparound 2:45 into overtime to give the Bruins a 2-1 victory over the Minot Majettes Saturday afternoon in the consolation championship game of the North Dakota girls state hockey tournament.

Moments after a Minot penalty, Anderson gained control of the puck behind the Minot net and then snuck it into the right corner past goaltender Nicole Nelson for her 27th goal of the season.

"It's the best feeling in the world right now," Anderson said. "We worked so hard out there today. We wanted more than anything to win this game, because it was the last time us seniors would be on the ice together. It didn't matter who scored the last goal."

"Ashley is one of our six seniors and in the overtime we put the game in their hands," added South coach Ace Gregg, who was named coach of the year. "They finished it off the best way they knew how."

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The Bruins bounced back after losing to Williston in Thursday's opening round.

"This was a very competitive tournament and our girls played well here," Gregg said. "Fifth place isn't what we had hoped for going in, but we won two out of three games in the state tournament. That's something to be proud of."

The Bruins trailed 1-0 after two periods, but evened things up 2:56 into the third on a Beth Carlson goal.

The only other score in regulation came at the 6:38 mark of the first period when Minot's Jennifer Hildahl scored unassisted.

The goaltending was superb. South's Abby Stauss stopped 20 Minot shots and finished off the tournament allowing only two goals in her last six-plus periods. Nelson had 31 saves, including 14 in the third period.

"Abby had a great game and a great tournament," Gregg said. "She's a freshman who stepped up."

Savannah Sauvageau and Abby Callahan each had an assist for the Bruins (16-5-2).

Fargo South 0 0 1 1 -- 2

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Minot 1 0 0 0 -- 1

FIRST PERIOD: 1, M, Hildahl (unassisted), 8:22.

SECOND PERIOD: No scoring.

THIRD PERIOD: 2, FS, Carlson (Sauvageau), 2:56.

OVERTIME: 3, FS, Anderson (Callahan), 2:45.

SAVES: FS, Stauss 6-5-8-1--20. M, Nelson 7-8-14-2--31.

Michael Weber is a sports writer

for the Jamestown Sun, a Forum Communications Co. newspaper

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