West Fargo's boys hockey team gets offensive
The Packer boys hockey team was able to do something this past week that it hasn't been able to do consistently all season - score goals.
West Fargo tallied 11 of them in going 1-1-1 in EDC action, tying Fargo Shanley, losing to Grand Forks Red River and beating Devils Lake. The Packers, at 4-8-2 overall, have matched last season's win total with several games left to go. At least one of their two ties ended in a shootout victory, although it's logged as an official tie.
"We're starting to finally put some pucks in the net," said co-head coach Tim Capouch. "We've been snake bit a little bit on scoring. Against Shanley we had 53 shots and only put three on the board. We needed to start scoring more."
And score more they did. The Packers hung with hockey power Grand Forks Red River for the second time this season, this time on the road, before losing 7-5. West Fargo rebounded last Saturday with a 5-2 win at home versus Devils Lake.
"The Shanley game was a game we should have won. We were able to rally against Red River, so that's good we didn't quit," said junior Derek Sand. "The big thing is we just need to play three periods."
Plenty of chances remain for West Fargo, near the bottom of the EDC standings, to get back into the conference race. The Packers are entering their softer part of the always-challenging EDC boys hockey schedule.
Results from Tuesday's game versus Grand Forks Central were unavailable at press time. Four of West Fargo's five remaining EDC contests will be played in the area, including three at home. Two are against teams the Packers have already beaten this season (Fargo North and Devils Lake) and two others are versus teams they have historically had little trouble with (Fargo Shanley and Wahpeton). The home game versus the Huskies is a four-point game.
With the easier part of the schedule ahead and the Packers playing solid hockey going into it, West Fargo has an excellent chance to move up in the standings. The Packers were in eighth place last week.
"I told the boys before the Devils Lake game that we can still get 15 points," said Capouch.
The Packers remain injury free, a change from last season when the team suffered several injuries to key players throughout the season.
"We've been through a tough schedule so far," said sophomore goalie Cameron Holland. "We're all going to try our hardest. We still have a lot to give. We're trying to finish in the top half of the conference for when we go into EDC."
A solid week on the road has the Packer girls hockey team on the mend after snapping an eight-game win streak the week prior.
West Fargo tied Grand Forks and beat Williston and Minot last week to keep pace in the state standings. Sophomores Kacie Johnson (four goals, four assists) and Kaylee Lothspeich (four goals, one assist) led the Packers offensively over the three-game span.
Girls coming home
The Packer girls basketball team scored a big win with a road victory over Fargo North last week before losing on the road to Grand Forks Central. West Fargo, 5-5 overall, has had only two home games this season. The Packers will make up for it with 10 of their final 11 regular season games at home.
Next week's issue will feature full girls basketball coverage.
Wrestlers 3-2 at Duals
Packer wrestlers had a solid showing at the Grand Forks Duals last Friday and Saturday, going 3-2 with wins over East Grand Forks-Sacred Heart, Williston and Turtle Mountain. West Fargo lost to top-ranked Bismarck and Dickinson.
All of the duals were close except the Packers' loss to Bismarck. West Fargo, 7-10 in dual action for the year, hosts Grand Forks Red River, 6-10 overall, today.
Packer of the Week
Every member of the boys swimming team earns Packer of the Week honors for beating powerhouse Minot for the first time in a decade and showing the rest of the state that West Fargo is the new team to beat.