Former Bismarck Bobcats Goaltender Ryan Faragher is the starting goalie for St. Cloud State.
Last weekend he helped knock off two of the top teams in the country to reach a NCAA Frozen Four.
Jon Schaeffer-KX Sports: Two years ago The Bismarck Bobcats won the Robertson Cup on the back of a shut out by goaltender Ryan Faragher.
Now as a sophomore at St. Cloud State Faragher is helping the Huskies go places they've never been before.
Ryan Faragher SCSU Goaltender: We got our first mcnaughton cup in school history just about three weeks ago now and then to go there looking to get our first frozen four appearance for the school it's something special and it's something that all the guys want to do not only for ourselves but for our fans and for our school.
Schaeffer: Faragher played the second most minutes of any goaltender in the WCHA and averaged just over 2 goals against per game in the regular season. In West Region play of the NCAA tournament-- he only gave up two goals in two games. Ryan says his experience in Bismarck is a major part of his success in college
RYAN: I think playing the amount of games that I did here in Bismarck helped me prepare to play the number of games that I have in college level. The coaches there know that I've played the games before and that I don't really tire out by the end of the year. I like to play the games and be in the good situations and I think playing here set me up for that.
Layne Sedevie Bobcats Head Coach: He can play in big games. He's very comfortable in big games and he told us he was gonna get a shut out in the national championship 4 years ago and he did get a shut out so I think just the way that he works. He was a guy that wanted to work extra at nights and do all the little things every day on the ice."
Schaeffer: Ryan says these big game moments are something he's thought about since youth hockey.
In less then two weeks he will play on the biggest stage of his career trying to win an NCAA championship.
Ryan: It's something you work for your whole life to get to the national level. To win a championship here in Bismarck you have that feeling already and you know how special it is to win a national championship. To win it at a college level would just be phenomenal.
Schaeffer: Faragher Will look to stay hot between the pipes and hoist the hardware on April 13th in Pittsburgh.
St Cloud State will play number one ranked Quinnipiac on April 11th in Pittsburgh.
The NCAA Championship game is on Saturday April 11th.