Kylie Schafer scored two goals and Sydney Peterson recorded a shutout to propel No. 5-seeded Davies to its first North Dakota state tournament semifinals appearance with a 3-0 upset over No. 4 seed Minot on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Farmers Union Insurance Center in Scheels Arena.
“It was heartbreaking knowing you prepared all season and you didn’t get the outcome you wanted,” said Schafer, the Eagles’ leading scorer and eighth-best scorer in the state going into the game. “We definitely didn’t want to have that repeat three years in a row. We had to try our hardest all the time.”
After the game, in a gesture of achievement and relief, the Davies bench charged the ice and celebrated.
“It’s something the kids wanted to do after a little heartbreak the last two years,” Davies head coach Josh Issertell said. “It’s always nice to do something for the first time.”
Just 1 minute, 37 seconds into the game, Schafer scored on a solo fastbreak with a shot from the right wing which went top shelf past the stick hand of Minot goalie Alexandra Nelson.
The Eagles took advantage of a power play 7:06 into the second period. Katelyn Matter put a shot on goal from the left wing which Nelson deflected, but Annika Mogck pulled the puck out of the ensuing scrum and scored before Nelson could recover.
Minot survived a five-minute penalty when Mackinzy MacIver, who was among the top 15 point scorers in the state going into the game, delivered a crushing hit near her own net and was called for game…