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North Dakota State Hockey Tournament preview

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WDAY/WDAZ TV - It's offically state hockey week in North Dakota as the state's best will compete for this years crown.

Four past champions make up half of the field of this year's North Dakota State boys hockey tournament.

The defending champion Grand Forks Central Knights are unbeaten against North Dakota competition and will face Dickinson.

Red River shook off a loss in the EDC Tournament to qualify for state and will match up against Bismarck, the team that knocked off the Riders in last year's state tournament in overtime..

Bismarck Century did not lose a region game this year, the Patriots rolled thru the WDA Tournament, outscoring their opponents 27-4 en route to earning the top seed.

They'll face an upstart Grafton-Park River team that ended an eight game losing streak by winning two games at the EDC Tournament to reach state for the first time since 2013.

The other quarterfinal matchup features the three seed out of the west, Jamestown taking on Fargo Davies.

The Blue Jays return to the final eight for the first time in five years, and they'll face off against an Eagles team playing its best hockey.

Davies lost just three times in regulation all season as they try to advance to their first championship game in program history.

Meanwhile on the girls side, all eyes are on Bismarck. The Blizzard are the three-time defending champions, led by the best player in the state; Britta Curl.

They could see old rival West Fargo in the semifinals, the United are the last team not named Bismarck to win the state championship and they beat the Blizzard just a couple of weeks ago.

Fargo North-South earned the top overall seed after a terrific regular season, but for this team, they've been thinking about the state tournament since last year.

North-South was upset in the quarterfinals last season, but with the line of Graysen Myers, Avery Myers and Anna Erickson, they believe this team could be the one to end the Blizzard's run.