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South-Shanley, Red River prevail as state hockey tournaments kick into overdrive

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Fargo South’s Andrew O'Neill skates past the bench in celebration of his goal against Mandan during their North Dakota Boys Hockey Tournament quarterfinal game Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, at Scheels Arena, Fargo.
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FARGO— There was a first-time matchup in the boys quarterfinals at the North Dakota State Hockey Tournament on Thursday, Feb. 24.

Grand Forks Red River mades its 54th appearance at the tournament and faced off against Bismarck Legacy, who became a varsity team just three months ago.

Red River moved on after the 6-0 win, with Wyatt LeDuc opened the scoring in the first period.

The Roughriders will meet Fargo South-Shanley in the quarterfinals after the Bruins took down Mandan 4-1 in the opening round. Sam Ovsak scored with 0.6 seconds remaining in the second period to make it 3-1 and the Bruins didn't look back from there.

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Sheyenne and Davies also winning the quarterfinal games on Thursday.

More coverage of the ND state hockey tournament
The Bruins dominated from start to finish as they pushed their winning streak to nine games on Thursday with a 4-1 victory over Mandan.
The Eagles' state title defense got off to a strong start in the quarterfinals, thanks in part to two-point nights from four players
In its first ever state tournament appearance, Sheyenne defeats top-seeded Jamestown from the west after a hot start.
As the boys and girls state hockey tournaments get underway, Grafton and Thompson square off in the Region 2 Girls Basketball Championship.
The North Dakota High School Activities Association hockey tournament continues Saturday, Feb. 26, with the girls title game at 4:30 p.m. and boys title game at 7:30 p.m.

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Brady Swanstrom with his dog, Olli.
Contributed / Can Do Canines

NDSU hockey player gets a four-legged assist off the ice

FARGO — The two intermissions of any hockey game give players a chance to catch their breath and maybe talk a little strategy, but NDSU’s hockey team also has to fight the urge to play fetch with the dog.

“The players, my teammates, all think it's very cool that he's in there,” says forward Brady Swanstrom. “But they do know that he's working and they can’t interact with him a whole lot.”

Olli, an adorable 3-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, is Swanstrom’s service dog. >>> Full story here.

Olli the dog shoots and scores by helping keep his teammate with diabetes safe.

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