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 The Century Patriots hockey team got the biggest slice, Tuesday night, but it didn't get the whole loaf.

 Century scored a 4-3 shootout win over Bismarck in a West Region showdown at the VFW Sports Center, but still emerged trailing the Demons 34-32 in the point standings.

 The Patriots have just one regional game remaining at Bottineau-Rugby. Bismarck has a pair of regional counters against Jamestown at home and at Dickinson.

 "We needed to beat them in regulation or overtime," said senior forward Gavyn Sailer, who scored the clinching shootout goal.

 There was plenty of give-and-take in the matchup of archrivals before a nearly full house.

 Three times in regulation the teams traded goals: Century-Bismarck, Century-Bismarck and Century-Bismarck.

 Nicholas Brown notched the only goal of the first period on a rebound.

 Bismarck's Landon Fischer tied it in the first minute of the second period by tipping in Dain Sardelli's blast from the left point. Century's Carter Bailey countered less than two minutes later, and Greyson Farnsworth of BHS countered in mid-period to make it 2-2.

 Paydin Slette put Century ahead with 10:19 remaining, scoring on a low blast from the right point with BHS skating a man short.

 It appeared that 3-2 lead might stand up, but the Demons knotted things with 2:09 to play on a power play goal by Sardelli.

 The eight-minute overtime yielded no scoring, although Sardelli came within a heartbeat of getting the game-winner. Bismarck Jack Steckler took a tripping penalty with 35 seconds to play in the overtime and CHS coach Troy Olson pulled goalie Matthew Schmidt for an extra attacker.

 Instead, Sardelli hit an empty net a fraction of a second after the overtime expired, and the game went to a shootout.

 Brown scored on a backhand to give Century the lead, and Schmidt stopped Heinert.

 Bailey scored after a sharp cut to the right post to open round two, and Bismarck's Dayton Deics put a shot just under the crossbar.

 With Bismarck down 2-1 in the shootout, Sailer patiently waited before tucking the game-winner inside the left post.

 "I knew everyone had scored on (BHS goalie Quinn Ackerman's) glove side, so I figured I'd try his blocker side. I thought he'd think I was going glove-side, too," Sailer said.

 With the victory, Century improved to 11-1-1-0 in the region and 17-1-0 overall. Bismarck stands 10-0-0-1 in the West and 14-4-0 overall.

 Prior to the third period, the annual Joe Ulness Memorial Award was presented to the BHS or CHS senior player best exemplifying sportsmanship, ability and leadership. The award went to CHS forward Nicholas Brown.

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