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Boys hockey team earns season's first win

West Fargo teammates rally around Tyler Dolan (24) who scored a goal in the third period of Saturday’s game against Fargo North. Dave Wallis / Forum News Service

After a disppointing first week to their season, the West Fargo boys hockey team responded on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Fargo North for the team’s first East Region victory.

The game saw the Packers go down early after a first-period goal from Spartan forward Jackson Graalum.

The score would stay 1-0 until early in the second period, when Packers’ senior forward Tyler Berginski scored a game-tying goal.

Junior Riley Vareberg and senior Jake Wasem were both credited with an assist on the play.

The scored remained tied until the fifth minute of the third period, when senior forward Tyler Dolan sealed the victory for the Pack with his first goal of the season.

Sophomore defenseman Blake Boyer was credited with an assist on the play, which was his first point of the season.

Goalie Bailey Vareberg stopped 21 of the 22 shots he faced.

The experienced senior netminder currently has the third-highest save percentage in the state, stopping 92 percent of the shots he has faced.

The Packers -- a team that struggled to find the back of the net last season, scoring on 58 of their 750 shots on goal -- have 15 points as a team through three games this year and have scored on five of their 63 shots on goal.

The 1-2-0 Packers travel to Grand Forks on Friday to face the Red River Roughriders at 7:30 p.m., then head back on Tuesday night for a 7 p.m. game against the Knights of Grand Forks Central.