GF Red River's postseason run ends with 2020 NDHSAA boys hockey state title
February 29, 2020 10:30 pm
By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist
FARGO – Grand Forks Red River continued its 2020 postseason hot streak in boys hockey on Saturday, February 29.
Red River capped off a perfect 2020 postseason campaign with a 4-1 victory over Fargo South/Shanley in the 2020 NDHSAA boys hockey state championship game at Scheels Arena.
The Roughriders – seeded No. 4 in last week’s East Region Tournament – strung three wins in Grand Forks to earn the East’s top seed at state and kept rolling with gritty play.
Prior to the East Region Tournament, Red River dropped games to Warroad (Minn.) and Fargo Davies. What followed was a run that returned the Roughriders to state prominence.
On Friday in the semifinals, the Roughriders defeated cross-town rival and three-time defending NDHSAA state champions Grand Forks Central to set up a meeting with the Bruins.
Tournament Most Valuable Player Mason Thingvold got Red River on the board 11 minutes, five seconds into the game. Less than two minutes later, Justin Wasvick scored a goal to extend the advantage and seize all the game’s momentum.
Wasvick added a quick-strike goal 29 seconds into the second period. Jaxon Lian scored Red River’s fourth goal.
Red River last won a NDHSAA state title in 2016. The Roughriders have now won 18 state titles in program history.
Fargo South/Shanley’s lone goal was scored by Drew Sandy in the third period.