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Bismarck goalie shuts out Chill for 2-1 series lead

By the Tribune staff | LaCrosse Tribune | Saturday, April 23, 2011 

BISMARCK, N.D. — The Coulee Region Chill never know what they’ll get from Bismarck Bobcats goaltender Ryan Faragher.

Friday night, they got shut out.

Faragher made 26 saves and led the Bobcats to a 4-0 victory in Game 3 of the NAHL Central Division finals. 

Bismarck leads 2-1 and can clinch the series tonight. The Chill need a victory to force a deciding Game 5 on Monday in Onalaska.

“It’s do-or-die (today),” Chill coach Garrett Strot said. “We’ve just got to bring everything right away. Bring it every shift.”

Faragher, who has committed to NCAA Division I St. Cloud State, has been enigmatic against the Chill. 

Coulee Region knocked him out of Game 2 with three first-period goals en route to a 6-3 win. During the regular season, they scored 15 goals on him in three consecutive games from Feb. 19-26.

But Faragher was also the last goalie to shut out the Chill, beating them 4-0 in a Jan. 23 game at the OmniCenter.

“If we’d gotten to him early like we did (in Game 2) it might have been different,” Strot said. “One thing we didn’t do is get traffic in front of him. He saw all our shots.”

Coulee Region goalie Paul Moberg made 31 saves in his second playoff loss. 

The Chill didn’t help him with more poor penalty-killing. Bismarck went 2-for-4 on the power play and is 50 percent (6-for-12) in the series. Coulee Region is 0-for-10.

“They’re just getting pucks through and down toward the net,” Strot said. “That’s all they’re doing and we can’t let those through.”

Charles Mosey scored on the power play to put Bismarck ahead 1-0 at 3:03 of the first period. 

Francis DeAugustine scored at 5:54 of the second and again at 4:30 of the third to put the Bobcats in control. 

“The second period was probably the difference,” Strot said. “There were some stretches we had trouble getting out of our own end.”

Tyler Richter made it 4-0 with Bismarck’s second power play goal.