FARGO — Fargo North-South knows all too well that the girls state hockey tournament can produce great and hard moments alike.
The past two state girls hockey title games have featured Fargo North-South and Bismarck, and each time the Blizzard have come out on top.
In 2019, the game went into overtime, but Bismarck came away with the final goal to turn North-South away again.
"I think it pushes you even more," senior Josie Hell said.
At 17-4-2, North-South enters Thursday's tournament in Scheels Arena as the third seed, with Minot as its first opponent.
The team does not look exactly like last year. The two top scorers from a year ago, sophomore Abby Promersberger and junior Katelyn Arman, are playing travel hockey now.
They've also added 12 new players to the roster.
"I like the fact I've got 12 girls who didn't experience that," said head coach Chad Christensen. "They're more or less going to be, 'It's just another game.'"
The only teams higher than them in the tournament will be top seed Fargo Davies and second-seeded Bismarck.
This season, North-South is 1-1 against the Blizzard and 0-1-1 against the Eagles, emphasizing the point that in North Dakota, anyone can beat anyone.
"If we play our best game, we know what can happen," senior Jerica Friese said. "If we take one shift off even, we know all these teams can put a puck in the back of the net."
North-South's journey to get back to the state championship begins at 7:15 p.m. in Farmers Union Insurance Center on Thursday.