Firebirds win 4 overtime thriller over Knightriders, 2-1

Staff reports
In this February, 20, 2020 file photo, Devils Lake's Haylee Carlson takes a shot against Jamestown in a NDHSAA girls hockey game. Carlson scored the winning goal in the fourth overtime Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, to propel the Firebirds to Friday's state semifinals.

Haylee Carlson got an assist from freshman Abby Reule with 5:48 on the clock in the fourth overtime to lift the Devils Lake Firebirds to the 2-1 win over Grand Forks Knightriders Thursday in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota High School Athletic Association girls hockey state tournament from the Farmers Union Insurance Arena in Fargo. 

With the win, the Firebirds advanced to Friday's semifinal against top seeded Fargo Davies. The last time the two teams met was a week ago when the Firebirds and Eagles played to a 1-all tie in regulation but Davies came away with the victory in a shootout.

The Firebirds and Knightriders played to a scoreless first period but a goal by Shaley Richards 13:08 in the second period gave Grand Forks the lead. Richards' goal was assisted by Kylie Autrey and Lauren Robinson.

The Firebirds countered in the third period, when Ashlyn Abrahamson got an assist from Kaylie Klemetsrud for the power play goal after both Hannah Gray and Megan Jacobson were sent to the box for holding and slashing respectively.

The game remained tied at 1 until Carlson's goal after nearly 90 minutes of play.

Molly Black had 49 saves for the Firebirds who were outshot 50-41 by the Knightriders.

Grand Forks vs. Devils Lake summary

Grand Forks 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 — 1

Devils Lake 0 0 1 0 0 0 1  — 2

Second period_1, Grand Forks, Richards (Autrey, Robinson), 13:08.

Third period_2, Devils Lake, Abrahamson (Klemetsrud), 5:54.

Fourth overtime_3, Devils Lake, Carlson (Reule), 5:48.

Shots on goal_Grand Forks 8 7 10 25_50. Devils Lake 3 11 8 19_41.

Power-play Opportunities_Grand Forks 0 of 3; Devils Lake 1 of 5.

Goalies_Grand Forks, Baker 3-11-7-18 (41 shots-39 saves). Devils Lake, Black 8-6-10-25 (50 shots-49 saves).