FARGO — As soon as it ended, the Fargo Davies girls hockey team knew it wanted another crack at Bismarck following a disappointing finish in the regular-season finale.
The Eagles don't have to wait long.
Davies, the tournament's No. 3 seed, smothered the net of sixth-seeded Dickinson from the start, holding a 64-10 shot advantage en route to a 5-1 win in Thursday's quarterfinals of the North Dakota state girls hockey tournament at the Farmers Union Insurance Center at Scheels Arena Thursday, Feb. 21.
Despite holding a 23-1 shot advantage in the first period, the Eagles needed a 5-on-3 opportunity with 1 minute, 28 seconds remaining to find an opening around goalie Baylee Kram, as Paige Hanson scored off a Faith Morris pass.
As the shot dominance continued, the scoring eventually caught up.
Moments after killing a 5-on-3 Dickinson powerplay, Davies gave itself some breathing room, when Lauren Hanson made a perfect pass from behind the net to Maddy Green, who ripped a goal by Kram. Roughly four minutes later, the lead was 3-0, as Josie Froslie tapped in deflected shot by Katie Matter.
Froslie then put a cap on the dominant stretch, scoring her second consecutive goal with just 40.1 seconds remaining in the period.
Morris added a short-handed fifth goal early in the third period.
The Eagles will move onto Friday's semifinals, where they will face a second-seeded Bismarck team that defeated No. 7 Minot in its state opener Thursday.
The Blizzard, who have won four straight and five of the last six state championships, closed the regular season with a 3-0 win over Davies just six days ago.
"Their history is their history," said Davies head coach Josh Issertell. "We've just got to bring our motor. If we can out-compete them for 51 minutes, we like our chances. It's a different team and a different year. We've got to believe."
"We need to come out like we did today," added Froslie. "That is what kept us going today. We want to get back at them (for the regular season loss). We're super pumped (we have a chance)."
The Eagles and Blizzard will play roughly 30 minutes after the close of Friday's first semifinal between Fargo North-South and West Fargo at noon.