Super semifinal set: Riders win opener, advance to play GF Central
GRAND FORKS — In a tie game midway through the second period, Grand Forks Red River's Mason Thingvold appeared to have scored a go-ahead goal.
The Ralph Engelstad Arena goal horn blasted.
Some players stopped.
But Thingvold's shot was never called a goal on the ice by officials and play—for some—went on. Replays showed Thingvold's shot hit a pipe and bounced out.
Seconds later, Red River's Maxx Andrade scored amid the confusion to ignite the Riders in a 4-2 victory over Bismarck High on Thursday night, Feb. 22, in the North Dakota state tournament quarterfinals.
"It was awkward because some guys on both teams stopped," Red River coach Bill Chase said. "I didn't know what was going to happen. When we got the goal, it was a huge goal."
Bismarck High coach Mike Peluso felt play should have stopped when the goal horn was blaring.
"That was huge," Peluso said. "Obviously our guys are screaming and hollering and getting squirrely. In a situation like that, refs need to blow the whistle and see if that goal went in."
Red River (20-3-2) advances to play Grand Forks Central in a state semifinal at approximately 8 p.m.
"If we want to be state champions, you have to play everyone some time," Chase said. "It's tough to play them in the semis, but it was going to be tough to play them no matter what."
The Roughriders will meet their rival in the state tournament for the first time since the 2005 state title game, where Red River beat Central 3-0.
"I know that all of us have really wanted this one so bad," Red River defenseman Landon Haagenson said of the rivalry matchup.
The Demons, who dropped to 17-8, pulled their goalie with about 70 seconds left but the Demons weren't able to generate any Grade A chances in the final moments.
Red River, which used a 15-4 edge in shots on goal in the second period to outshoot Bismarck 26-16, received scoring from Andrade, Tyler Savage, Mason Salquist and Jackson Kunz.
Landon Fischer and Dayton Deics scored goals for the Demons.