2nd-period surge lifts Stars over DHS
The lone dark spot for the Dickinson High boys hockey team lasted for 2 minutes in the second period.
Hazen-Beulah scored three goals in a matter of 2 minutes early in the second to help defeat Dickinson 5-2 in a West Region game on Saturday at the Dickinson Recreation Center.
"That's the thing about having a young team," Dickinson head coach Tom Folske said. "We've got to put together three periods of hockey.
"It's got to be every shift. They found that if you take a shift off against a hockey team like that, they are going to score."
The North Stars' leader was senior forward Dalton Olinger, who scored two of the three goals in that span.
Hazen-Beulah head coach Craig Gaube expects nothing less from seniors like Olinger.
"It's important because the seniors have to lead the team," he said. "If we can continue doing that, we should have a successful season in front of us."
Michael Porter, who is the Midgets' senior captain, scored two goals for Dickinson.
"We were moving the puck pretty well," Porter said. "We were just trying to get the puck on net and hope to get rebounds."
Porter scored on his offensive chances, but Dickinson (1-5, 0-4 West) had multiple opportunities from sophomore Alex Turcotte and freshman Kass Dvorak.
"Keep you feet moving, hard work and that's what produces those chances," Folske said.
The hope is that Porter's continued offensive production can help the younger players figure out ways to score.
"He keeps going and going," Folske said. "That's what you have to do. He is leading by that example, the other guys see that and that's where the game picks up."
Porter said he even saw a different level of excitement heading into this game. Playing well for 49 of the 51 minutes is a sign of things heading in the right direction, he added.
"It definitely helps knowing that we could put together a full game," Porter said. "We just have to building on it."
The North Stars (3-3, 3-2 West) opened up the scoring with a goal from senior Jared Olson 1:48 into the first period. Porter answered just four minutes later.
Folske said there wasn't much to tell his team after the first period.
"Between the first and second period, you talk about keeping the flow going," Folske said. "The consistency of our players and doing our jobs, you don't have to touch on much when they play that well."
Dickinson goalie Jamison Gray faced 51 shots on goal while the North Stars' Colton Stiefel saw 19 shots on goal.
The Midgets next travel to Mandan for a game at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Folske said the learning process is still continuing for the team, but the young players are starting to catch on.
"I think they have to learn and it's going to be a daily thing that you have to quit worrying about what's on the front of the other person's jersey," Folske said. "They just have to go out there, play our game and it will take care of itself."
HB 1 3 1 - 5
Dickinson 1 0 1 - 2
FIRST PERIOD: 1, HB, Jared Olson (Ethan Eberle) 1:48. 2, D, Michael Porter (Austin Krank) 6:15.
SECOND PERIOD: 3, HB, Dalton Olinger (Tyler Gustafson, Perston Murschel) 1:48. 4, HB, Hunter Obrigewitch (Logan Behm, Logan Obrigewitch) 2:28. 5, HB, Olinger (Murschel, Gustafson) 3:06.
THIRD PERIOD: 6, HB, Murschel (Eberle, Gustafson) 6:14. 7, D, Porter (Kass Dvorak) 11:20.
SAVES: HB, Colton Stiefel 9-3-7-19. D, Jamison Gray 17-20-14-51.