Bossert finds on-ice groove this season for South-Shanley
Fargo - Fargo South-Shanley’s Tyler Bossert has put together a standout season.
Bossert, a senior boys hockey forward who attends Shanley High School, leads the East Region in scoring with 51 points heading into today’s North Dakota state tournament at Scheels Arena.
Producing offense has been Bossert’s strong suit since he began playing on the Bruins’ varsity squad as a sophomore, and he attributed his best season to date as being a product of skating with talented players.
“It was a good honor, but it is a team honor,” Bossert said. “It did feel good, but you have to count that for the whole team. I play with really good linemates and they make it easy to score. A lot of the scoring comes from them.”
The Bruins’ top line is made up of Bossert, junior forward Riley Giauque and senior forward Jack Christlieb. Giauque was second in East Region scoring with 42 points.
Together that line has accounted for 112 points – 51 goals and 61 assists.
“We have been playing hockey together for a long time and we know what the other players can do,” Bossert said. “The chemistry we already had helped us be successful.”
Bossert has scored 23 goals and 28 assists this season. In his career, Bossert has scored 38 goals and posted a total of 94 points.
“Tyler has an offensive IQ that is off the charts, but recently what we have been driving home with him is to play better defensively,” Fargo South head coach Wade Storey said. “If he can be a defensive role model for us, the rest of the team will follow. He has been working hard back in the defensive zone, especially taking away space.”
South-Shanley (12-12-0) took the long road to state after losing in the East Region quarterfinals to Devils Lake. The Bruins needed two overtime wins against Grafton-Park River and Fargo Davies in order to qualify for state as the region’s No. 4 seed.
The Bruins open with a quarterfinals matchup with West Region top-seeded Bismarck Century at 6 p.m. today.
“It should be a lot of fun,” Bossert said. “We have some momentum going into it and hopefully we can make something happen.”
The Patriots skated to a 3-2 win over the Bruins on Feb. 7. Century senior standout Keaton Leininger scored all three goals for the Patriots that game including the game winner with 35 seconds remaining.
“We like the matchup,” Storey said. “We expect it to be another tight game. When we played them out in Bismarck three weeks ago, we came back and tied it up late hoping to send it into overtime.”
Bossert also plays soccer and golf at Shanley, but said hockey has always been his favorite sport.
“It is kind of sad that it is coming to end,” Bossert said of his prep hockey career. “But it should be a good drive to try and be successful.”