Carter Schwab, Aaron Johnson scores two goals apiece as Devils Lake advance to Region quarterfinals.

The roller coaster ride of a season for Devils Lake boys hockey continues after an apex moment, behind two goals apiece from Aaron Johnson and Carter Schwab as the Firebirds defeated May-Port Area 8-0 Saturday, Feb. 9, in the East Region play-in game from Burdick Arena.

With the win, the Firebirds will travel to Fargo to face South at Farmers Union Insurance Hockey Arena on Tuesday scheduled for a 7:30 puck drop. Devils Lake was swept by the Bruins during the regular season.

“This team, we’ve definitely had our ups and downs so I definitely wanted to get out there and take control of the offensive zone right away and get some shots on net and it was nice to see that we finally got em,” said Firebirds head coach Jens Stokke.

The Firebirds (9-11-1), who lost to Fargo Davies 8-1 the previous night, jumped on May-Port early with two first period goals, the first by Zach Boren who’s shot zipped by goaltender Kade Susie’s left shoulder crashing into the net just under the crossbar. Boren’s goal was assisted by both Austin Devier and Johnson. Devier finished with two assists for the game.

Schwab’s first goal of the contest came less than a minute later when he scored off of Jeremiah Hill assist from right of the right faceoff circle that put the Firebirds ahead 2-0.

The Firebirds added three goals in the second period, including Johnson’s first goal during short-handed play that gave Devils Lake the 3-0 advantage. From there, the rout was on.

Along with his two goals, Johnson also finished with an assist. Camden Schwab had a goal and two assists and Blair Martinson had a goal and an assist for the Firebirds.

“We’ve been on a up and down roller coaster all year and now, if we have any more of those downs, it’s going to be the end of our season,” Stokke begins. “We got to get on the high road and keep it going.

“We have to win two before we lose two so if we don’t come ready to go, we’re going to make a short end to our season.”

Firebirds goalie Reegan Reule finished with 17 saves and May-Port, which season came to an end at 15-3, got 34 saves from Susie.

Chris Harris can be reached at charris@devilslakejournal.com and on Twitter: @ChrisHarris_DLJ

May-Port Area at Devils Lake summary

First period_1, Devils Lake, Boren (Devier, Johnson), 9:34. 2, Devils Lake, Car. Schwab (Hill), 10:50.

Second period_3, Devils Lake, Johnson (Schwab, Devier), 5:42. 4, Devils Lake, Cam. Schwab (Martinson), 7:30. 5, Devils Lake, Johnson (Roed), 11:40.

Third period_6, Devils Lake, Martinson (Schwab), :34. 7, Devils Lake, Car. Schwab (Stubbe), 7:22. 8, Devils Lake, Roed (Blake), 9:28. 

Shots on goal_May-Port 4-9-4_17. Devils Lake 13-18-11_42.

Power-play Opportunities_May-Port 0 of 3; Devils Lake 1 of 1.

Goalies_May-Port, Susie 11-15-8 (42 shots-34 saves). Devils Lake, Reule 4-9-4 (17 shots-17 saves).