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Buchholz surprises at goalie

Fargo South is playing the type of hockey that should keep it in any game at the state boys tournament, which starts today in Grand Forks. In their last nine games, the Bruins haven't allowed more than two goals in a game and are holding opponent...

Fargo South is playing the type of hockey that should keep it in any game at the state boys tournament, which starts today in Grand Forks.

In their last nine games, the Bruins haven't allowed more than two goals in a game and are holding opponents to 1.2 goals per contest in that span.

Sophomore goalie Scott Buchholz - along with strong defensive play - has been a key part of that success.

Buchholz is allowing 1.1 goals per game and has four shutouts, giving up more than two goals once in his 12 starts.

"He has been a pleasant surprise," South coach Dean Wilson said. "How many times have you seen the MVP of a championship team has been a goalie?"

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The Bruins play Williston at 9 tonight in the state quarters at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

South has played in three of the last four state title games, including the last two. Wilson wants his team to build on that recent success.

"How do you build strong programs and how do you build that tradition? How do you keep that going? Grand Forks Red River has that tradition," Wilson said. "We are Fargo South in a city exploding with hockey. We want to prove we are the best. We've got our work cut out for us this weekend."

Wilson feels his team could be in the state title mix if it plays smart hockey.

"We talk about the key is to stay away from unwanted penalties," Wilson said. "We feel like we have pretty good balance. Let's try it 5-on-5 for a while and see how it goes."

South girls confident against top teams

While South enters the state girls hockey tournament on a two-game losing streak, the No. 4 seed Bruins have done well against the top teams in the tournament.

South tied No. 1 seed Fargo North, which hasn't lost to a North Dakota team this season, and has one win against No. 2 seed West Fargo.

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"That's a big confidence for the girls," South coach Travis Ingbretson said. "If we show up and play three full periods, we know we are capable of playing with any team in the state."

Senior girls hockey finalists named

Four finalists for senior girls hockey player of the year have been named. The winner will be announced at the end of Saturday's state title game in Grand Forks.

Finalists are: Katelyn Mari, F, South; Paige Lemieux, F/D, Fargo North; Ali Parizek, F, Minot; and Miranda Glatt, F/D, Bismarck.

Mari has 19 goals and 18 assists this season. Lemieux has 16 goals and 18 assists.

Something else

South plays at West Fargo at 8 tonight with the top seed in Eastern Dakota Conference boys basketball at stake. South needs to win by 15 points or more to earn the No. 1 seed. If South wins by 14 points, a coin flip would decide the No. 1 seed. The Bruins could drop to the No. 3 seed with a loss, while West Fargo can do no worse than the two seed. ... South senior Matt Dockter has signed at the University of Mary in Bismarck to play football. Dockter played outside linebacker for the Class 3A state champion Bruins.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

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Peterson's prep sports blog can be found at www.areavoices.com

Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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