The West Fargo Packers boys hockey team is off to a 3-0 start this winter, topping Bismarck Century, Bismarck High and Fargo North.
The undefeated Packers next play Grafton at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Grafton. The Packers’ will play their first home game Tuesday, Dec. 10, against crosstown rival West Fargo Sheyenne at the West Fargo Sports Arena.
Sheyenne fell 1-6 in the Mustangs’ season opener against Fargo Davies on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The Mustangs (0-1) next face another conference opponent in Fargo South-Shanley at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at West Fargo Sports Arena.
West Fargo 4, Bismarck Century 3 (OT)
BISMARCK — Freshmen forward Colten Bossert buried the game-winning goal in overtime to fuel the Packers to a 4-3 win over Century on Saturday.
Brayden Jacobson and defensemen Dalton Bossert and Carter Witt each found the back of the net for West Fargo.
The overtime victory improved the Packers to 3-0 overall.
West Fargo 2, Bismarck High 0
BISMARCK — The Packers downed Bismarck High 2-0 on Friday on the Demons’ home ice.
After a scoreless first two periods, Tanner Nelson got West Fargo on the board with the help of Zayne Brunette and Caleb Roehrich. Jackson Prochnow added another third-period goal for the Packers.
Senior goalie Gabe Pederson tallied 18 saves to clinch the shutout win.
West Fargo 5, Fargo North 2
FARGO — Five different Packers scored to lift West Fargo to an East Region boys hockey win over Fargo North in West Fargo’s season opener Tuesday night, Nov. 26.
Owen Bartz struck first to put North up 1-0 in the opening period, but West Fargo scored the next five goals at the John E. Carlson Coliseum arena.
Devan Wolf, Caleb Roehrich, Tanner Gourde, Tanner Nelson and Colten Bossert each found the back of the net for the Packers. West Fargo’s goaltender Gabe Pederson tallied 34 saves.
Fargo Davies 6, West Fargo Sheyenne 1
Fargo Davies lost its leading scorer this year, Cade Stibbe, to the Minot Minotauros of the NAHL. But the Eagles didn’t play like they were down a Division I hockey commit.
Junior forward Gavin Balvitsch notched three goals to help lift Davies to a 6-1 season-opener win over Sheyenne on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
The Eagles also had the help of Cade Stibbe's sophomore brother, Barron, who put up a pair of goals at West Fargo Sports Arena.
Davies jumped on the Mustangs as soon as the puck dropped. The Eagles fired their first shot on goal less than 10 seconds after the period started, and Sheyenne's junior goaltender Tyler Swanson recorded four saves in the first three minutes.
It didn't take long for the Eagles to get on the board. Balvitsch gave the Eagles an early lead on an unassisted goal less than four minutes into the period. The Eagles quickly made it a 2-0 lead, adding another first-period goal by Barron Stibbe.
With 2 minutes, 27 seconds to go in the first frame, Sheyenne's Kai Trudeau put up the first goal for the Mustangs. Kole Fitzpatrick hit Trudeau with a pass in front of Davies' net, and the puck hit the crossbar and went in.
Balvitsch buried two more, and Stibbe and Dylan Jensen each scored one to cap the Eagles win. Mustangs goalie Swanson recorded 28 saves.
Sheyenne's student section wore red for the season opener in honor of their classmate, 16-year-old Ben Merck, who died Tuesday morning from ALS complications, a disease he was diagnosed with a month ago. A few of the players also had red stick tape for Merck's favorite team, the Houston Rockets.