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Mustangs open new West Fargo Sports Arena in loss to South-Shanley

West Fargo Sheyenne players and coaches gear up for their first varsity home game against Fargo South-Shanley on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at the new West Fargo Sports Arena. David Samson / The Forum1 / 5
West Fargo Sheyenne goalie Cole Nissen tracks a backhand shot by Fargo South-Shanley's Robbie Greicar (19) on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the new West Fargo Sports Arena. David Samson / The Pioneer2 / 5
West Fargo Sheyenne's Sterling Morin attempts to split Fargo South-Shanley defenders Alex Iverson and Derek Morehart on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the new West Fargo Sports Arena. David Samson / The Pioneer3 / 5
The stands are packed for the inaugural West Fargo Sheyenne varsity game against Fargo South-Shanley at the new West Fargo Sports Arena Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. David Samson / The Forum4 / 5
The puck drops for the first varsity home game featuring West Fargo Sheyenne against Fargo South-Shanley on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the new West Fargo Sports Arena. David Samson / The Pioneer5 / 5

Cars lined the streets around West Fargo Sports Arena where parking was normally off limits. The parking lots were packed. Hockey fans either parked blocks away from the arena or invented parking spots on the fly across from the arena in an empty plot of dirt.

Even a new arena couldn't contain the excitement surrounding a new hockey team. People packed the stands and lined up around the ice to see West Fargo Sheyenne's boys hockey team make history.

The Mustangs, in their inaugural season, played their first game at the new West Fargo Sports Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 28, against Fargo South-Shanley. The Bruins scored twice in the second period to take a 4-3 win.

"It was an unreal feeling," said Logan Schauer, who scored Sheyenne's first ever goal in the game. "That's how special it felt to all of us. We were all very excited, and then to see this crowd, it's just unbelievable."

Sheyenne's Hayden Groth Groth said he wasn't expecting the size of the crowd, but the turnout energized his teammates. He said the number of people who showed up says both the city and the program is going to keep growing.

"The emotion in this rink is just unbelievable," Groth said. "It's just a really neat experience to have."

Sheyenne head coach Dave Benson said he was proud of the way the Mustangs responded after trailing despite never taking the lead.

"We're only going to get better," Benson said. "That was a good high school hockey environment. I'm very proud of our community and what this program has done to bring people together."

FIRST PERIOD: 1, FSS, Greicar (Traynor, Harvey), 12:19. 2, WFS, Schauer (Hiemer, Morin), 15:17, pp.

SECOND PERIOD: 3, FSS, Sandy (Bryant), 5:05. 4, FSS, Beaton (Sandy, Hanson), 14:48, pp.

THIRD PERIOD: 5, WFS, Groth (Kramer, Schauer), 5:17, pp. 6, FSS, Johnson (Zasada, Bryant), 10:41. 7, WFS, Kramer (Morin, Braun) 16:59, pp.

SAVES: FSS, Herrick 4-4-10--18; WFS, Nissen 5-9-7--21.

Colton Pool

Pool is a reporter for The West Fargo Pioneer covering city sports and community news. He was the sports editor for The Dickinson Press covering Dickinson State athletics, high school athletics and Southwest Speedway. He graduated from North Dakota State with a degree in journalism and a minor in English. You can reach him by phone at 701-451-5715 or tweet him @CPoolReporter. 

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