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Bismarck, Minot to play in exhibition game in Dickinson

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Bismarck’s Filip Starzynski, right, tries to center the puck against a Minot defender during an exhibition North American Hockey League game on Nov. 13, 2012 at Dickinson Recreation Center.

For the second straight year, the Bismarck Bobcats and the Minot Minotauros will play an exhibition game in Dickinson.

Last year’s North American Hockey League game was far from an exhibition as a pack crowd filled the Dickinson Recreation Center. Minot defeated Bismarck 6-5 in a shootout.

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“It was just a great experience for everybody,” Bismarck head coach Layne Sedevie said.

The exhibition game between Bismarck and Minot teams begins at 7 p.m. Monday at the Dickinson Recreation Center.

On the season, Bismarck is second in the NAHL Central standings with a 20-10-3 for 43 points. The Austin (Minn.) Bruins lead the NAHL Central with 22 wins and 45 points.

The Bobcats have three players, which are committed to play in Division I hockey. John Furgele is committed to the University of New Hampshire and Brendan Harris — who is currently inactive — is going to St. Cloud State (Minn.).

Nate Repensky — who is committed to Yale University — is tied for a team lead with 28 points. The defenseman has scored four goals and 24 assists. Forward Filip Starzynski also has 28 points with 12 goals and 16 assists.

Though the Bobcats are sitting in second of the NAHL Central standings, Sedevie said the team has room to improve.

“We’ve been a little inconsistent,” he said. “We have a good hockey team, but I don’t know if we’ve put back-to-back nights together that many times.”

Minot — which is currently on a five-game losing streak — is fourth in the NAHL Central standings with a 14-18-3 record for 31 points.

The Minotauros’ lone college commitment — for now — is Brandon Wildung, who is going to Division I Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa.

Minot’s leading scorer is Jake McCann with nine goals and nine assists. Colton Kramer supplied eight goals and seven assists.

Sedevie said when two NAHL Central teams step on the rink against one another records are thrown out the window, because every game is going to be a battle.

“It seems like every time we play (Central teams) it’s a good hockey game,” he said. “When we are an hour and half south of our opponent, it’s going to be a good rivalry. Their fans come to our rink. Our fans go up there. It’s just a great setup overall. Every time we play, it’s a hard-fought game thus far.”