Blizzard scores 11, handles Dickinson
The Dickinson High girls hockey team knew winning wasn’t going to be an easy task.
Bismarck proved it’s the top team in the state taking an 11-0 statewide win over Dickinson on Tuesday at Dickinson Recreation Center.
“At no point did we say that we can’t play with them,” Dickinson head coach Al Takle said. “We knew it was going to be an uphill battle and (Bismarck) is the best team we’ve seen all season. No doubt about it.”
Bismarck head coach Annie Cashman added: “Against every team that we play, we want to make good passes, control the play and control the tempo. We have a lot of team speed, so our goal is come out with a fast start. The girls achieved that.”
The Blizzard (12-1, 10-0 statewide) didn’t waste much time jumping out to a permanent lead. Mikala Montgomery scored Bismarck’s opening goal with 13 minutes, 13 seconds left in the first period. Bismarck tacked on three more goals in the period.
Bismarck posted seven goals in the second period including a pair of goals from Jessie Binstock and Britta Curl. Binstock and Kennedy Hageness each finished with two goals and two assists, while Sage Barta tacked on two goals and one assist. Annie Dickson added three assists and one goal.
However, in the second period, the Midgets witnessed a scary moment as Brittney Chamberlain had to be carted off the ice to an ambulance after crashing head first in the boards.
Kira Zastoupil — a sophomore forward — said the team wanted to play the remainder of the game for Chamberlain. The Midgets (3-9, 1-9 statewide) allowed just one goal in the final 17 minutes.
“We did pretty well in the first and third (periods),” she said. “In the second (period), we just kind of gave up. Nobody was feeling it anymore. Then after what happened to Brittney we wanted to play for her.”
Dickinson senior goalie Paige Fahlstrom made 38 saves, while Breanna Chamberlain had 10 — throughout parts of the first and second periods.
Bismarck sophomore goalie Kennedy Blair — who was named MVP of last year’s state hockey tournament — stopped all eight shots.
The Midgets realized in the final 17 minutes they can play with the top team in the state. Dickinson doesn’t have to wait long to face the Blizzard again as the two teams meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in Bismarck.
“We still have a ways to go, but we’ll get there eventually,” Zastoupil said.
Takle added: “Hopefully, we can learn from this. We showed that we could skate with them. We got to play smart and know where we are supposed to be on the ice.”
Bismarck 4 7 0 – 11
Dickinson 0 0 0 – 0
FIRST PERIOD: 1, B, Mikala Montgomery (Sage Barta) 13:13. 2, B, Barta (Kennedy Hageness) 10:35. 3, B, Anne Dickson (Lauren Bischof), 8:27. 4, B, Hageness (Jessie Binstock), 4:37.
SECOND PERIOD: 5, B, Binstock (unassisted) 14:13. 6, B, Binstock (Dickson) 12:24. 7, B, Hageness (Taya Olson) 11:18. 8, B, Barta (Hageness) 10:58. 9, B, Britta Curl (Binstock), 10:26. 10, B, Alexis Neas (Dickson), 7:24.
THIRD PERIOD: 11, B, Curl (Dickson), 10:20.
SAVES: B, Kennedy Blair 2-2-4–8. D, Paige Fahlstrom 18-12-8–38; Breanna Chamberlain 2-8-x–10.