Casey Foss scores four goals to lead Bismarck Century over Grafton-Park River
GRAND FORKS—Bismarck Century senior forward Casey Foss missed the first seven games of the boys hockey season due to a knee injury suffered in the Patriots' final football game.
In the 17 games Foss played, he scored five goals on the year.
Foss nearly matched that total through only two periods of the North Dakota state boys hockey tournament on Thursday.
Foss scored four goals to lead the West Region's top seed to a 6-1 win over Grafton-Park River in the state quarterfinals at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
"The boys got me fired up before the game," Foss said. "It takes a lot of heart, and it showed out there."
The Patriots, who improved to 21-4, won a quarterfinal for the first time since 2013. Century will play the winner of Fargo Davies and Jamestown in a state semifinal at 5:30 p.m, Feb. 22.
The Spoilers, who played in the state tournament for the first time since 2013, dropped to 9-16.
Foss started the scoring at 1:12 of the first period, tacked on his second less than three minutes later and registered the hat trick by 5:07 of the second period.
Foss scored the game's first three goals, then scored his fourth at 14:17 of the second for a 5-1 advantage.
"He's capable of doing that," Century coach Troy Olson said. "It was good to see him do that. He's skilled, fast and one of our more physical guys. He and that line (with Drew Stoddart and Colton Schulte) played great. You can't ask for more than getting scoring from your full lineup."
The Spoilers limited Century's two stars and the state's top two point-getters—Isaiah Thomas and Kirklan Irey. The two have 150 combined points this season. Thomas finished with a goal and an assist.
"People asked me if we're going to focus on those two guys, but (the Patriots) didn't get to state because of two kids," Grafton coach Scott Robideaux said. "They have a good team. It doesn't surprise me someone stepped up and scored goals for them."
Grafton-Park River's lone goal came from Nick Thompson, who made it 3-1 midway through the second period.
Century outshot the Spoilers 42-21.
"Not good," Robideaux said. "We kind of stood around and watched and let them do whatever they wanted. Is that how you want to come in and play? No, but these guys have never been here before."