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Packer boys pick up steam, win three of four

West Fargo goalie Bailey Vareberg stops the puck from a Fargo North player during the Tuesday, Jan. 29, game in West Fargo. Dave Wallis / Forum Communications Co.

After a rough start to the season, the Packer boys hockey team is gaining momentum just in time for a postseason push. Despite losing to Fargo North 3-0 on Tuesday, they bounced back to beat a tough Bottineau-Rugby team 7-4 to win their third game out of the past four.

“When you get a couple of wins in you, spirits start picking up,” Co-head coach Tim Capouch said. “I am very happy with our play lately.”

Goalie Bailey Vareberg lead the team in Thursday’s shutout defeat. Although he picked up the loss, he stopped 38 of the 41 shots he faced.

Saturday’s game was highlighted by senior forward Blake Nelson, who scored three goals for the Packers and complemented that with an assist in the second period.

Forwards Derrick LaCoe and Tyler Berginski also contributed in a big way, with LaCoe earning a goal and two assists and Berginski getting three assists.

“We are finally starting to score some goals,” Capouch said. “We’ve outshot most of our opponents, but we’ve had trouble finding the net.”

Despite a 7-11-0 overall record on the season, the Packers are just 3-8-0 in conference play. They will have two chances to improve that record this week, as they head to Grand Forks-Red River tomorrow for a 7:30 p.m. game, then travel to Devils Lake on Saturday to face the Firebirds at 7:30 p.m.