Century didn't pick up a win in its first weekend of high school hockey, but the Patriots got a quick introduction to intensity.
The Patriots came through two non-regional home games with Fargo North and West Fargo with two losses, both in overtime.
Saturday the verdict was 4-3 against West Fargo at the VFW Sports Center. Friday the Patriots dropped a 3-2 decision to Fargo North in extra time.
In Saturday's game it took 7:19 to unlock a 3-3 deadlock. West Fargo freshman Coleton Bossert enabled West Fargo to improve to 3-0 with the Packers' overtime goal.
On Friday, Brendan Richards scored at 1:27 of overtime for Fargo North.
CHS head hockey coach Troy Olson said the two fourth-period setbacks were in no way devastating. Losing two tight non-regional games inflicts no pain, standing-wise, and the Patriots now have a long break to correct the mistakes that surfaced in their first live action of the season.
Century is off until Dec. 10 when it plays host to Minot at the VFW.
"(The break) will be really good. We'll have a good week of practice. Actually (nine days off) will be a positive," Olson observed. "... More than anything, the things we need to work on are pretty fixable."
"We had some breakdowns in our defensive end that really cost us ... and things like that are things we can fix as a team," Olson added.
The Patriots got out of the blocks in good shape both games. Senior defenseman Connor Hanson Joel Huber gave Century a 2-0 lead on Friday. Hanson scored the first goal of the game on Saturday.
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"Friday was tougher to take, after being ahead 2-0. ... Against West Fargo we showed some resilience out there. We got a five-minute major and only gave up one. Then we came back in the second and were ahead for a little bit," Olson noted.
Down 2-1 to the Packers, Century got second-period goals from Hanson and Cullen Curl in a four-minute span to take a 3-2 lead. That advantage lasted only a little over a minute, though. Carter Witt responded with West Fargo at 14:51 to knot the game at 3-3. That's where things stood until Bossert's game-winner.
"We grew up quite a bit from Friday to Saturday," Olson said. "There's nothing like two overtime games to get the season going."
"We've got a young defensive core, a lot of kids with on or limited experience. ... We'll move on from here," he added.
Three of Century's five goals in the two games came off the stick of Hanson.
"He did a nice job. He had a shorty today and one off a faceoff on Friday. He's our team captain and he's a returning four-year varsity player. We expect him to be a leader and do some good things for us," Olson said.
Fargo North 2, Bismarck 0
Fargo North got all the offense it needed in the first period on goals by Robert Ellingson and Tyler Thrash.
Ellingson, a senior defenseman, scored an unassisted goal at 2:35. Thrash, a senior forward, scored with an assist to Wyatt Johnson at 3:49 to make it 2-0.
The rest of the game was scoreless.
Gabe Pederson posted an 18-save shutout as West Fargo defeated the Demons 2-0 on Friday.
Tanner Nelson and Jackson Prochnow scored for the Packers. Zayne Brunette and Caleb Roehrich assisted on Nelson's goal. Brayden Jacobson picked up an assist on Prochnow's marker.