Fargo North/South/Shanley scores 3 straight, one in OT, to skate by Firebirds

Chris Harris, DLJ Sports
Devils Lake's Abbey Reule shoots for a goal against Fargo North/South/Shanley in the second period of a NDHSAA girls hockey game Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 in Devils Lake.

Exceptional things eventually come to an end: Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, summer warmth, winning streaks.

Devils Lake girls hockey team had won seven straight games going into its matchup with Fargo North/South/Shanley and was 17 minutes away from extended it to eight in a row. But in the end, the puck didn’t slide in their favor.

Julia Puhl’s goal a minute, 48 seconds into the overtime lifted the Spartans/Bruins to the 4-3 win over the Firebirds Friday night from Burdick Arena. It was the Firebirds first loss since being shutout by Bismarck back on Jan. 11. That defeat was too at home.

“That was the funniest game I’ve ever coached as Devils Lake girls hockey coach,” said Rob McIvor. “They played with such intensity, heart and grit and had a good lead going into the third (period) and got into some penalty trouble twice and they scored on their opportunities.”

After an Abbey Reule goal in the second period that gave the Firebirds (13-6) the two goal lead, Fargo North/South/Shanley capitalized on the first power play opportunity of the third period. After Elle Black went to the penalty box for cross checking, it dropped the Firebirds to a 5-on-3 disadvantage that resulted in a Josie Hell goal. Still in the power play, Jerica Friese’s shot was initially block by Firebird goaltender Molly Black, however, the puck rolled up Black’s chest and into the net that tied the game at 3.

The Spartans/Bruins finished 2-of-4 on power play opportunities. The Firebirds’ defense thwarted an earlier 5-on-3 in the second period.

“Defensively, and our penalty kills, we played really well. We prevented them from coming into the slot shooting as forwards, we blocked shots from the defense and we just didn’t let them make cross ice passing very much which is really good when you’re down one player,” McIvor said.

In the overtime, Puhl’s shot sneaked past Black’s left leg into the net 1:48 in to end the game.

Ashlyn Abrahamson scored two goals, both in the first period, and had an assist. Reule finished with a goal and two assists and Elle Black had two assists for the Firebirds.

“I’m so proud of the girls. I can’t say enough about how hard they fought and we just have to clean some things up and we’ll be fine,” McIvor said.

The Spartans/Bruins outshot the Firebirds 50-18. They improved to 14-3-2.

Chris Harris can be reached at charris@devilslakejournal.com.

Fargo North/South/Shanley at Devils Lake summary

Fargo North/South 1 0 2 1 — 4

Devils Lake 2 1 0 0 — 3

First period_1, Fargo North/South, Friese (Hell), 1:33. 2, Devils Lake, Abrahamson (E. Black, Reule), 10:18. 3, Devils Lake, Abrahamson (Reule, Klemetsrud), 2:04.

Second period_4, Devils Lake, Reule (E. Black, Abrahamson), 2:04.

Third period_5, Fargo North/South, Hell (Bartz, Friese), :53. 6, Fargo North/South, Friese (Olson), 2:01.

Overtime_7, Fargo North/South, Puhl (Bartz, Gonshorowski), 1:48.

Shots on goal_Fargo North/South 14-17-17-2_50. Devils Lake 7-4-5-2_18.

Power play opportunities_Fargo North/South 2 of 4. Devils Lake 0 of 0.

Goalies_Fargo North/South, Kinney 5-3-5-2 (18 shots-15 saves). Devils Lake, M. Black 13-17-15-1 (50 shots-46 saves).