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Press Photo by Meaghan MacDonald Dickinson sophomore Abby Wandler chases after a puck during a statewide against Grand Forks on Friday at the Dickinson Recreation Center.

Dickinson takes lopsided loss to Grand Forks

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Defense was the name of the game, which the Dickinson High girls hockey team just couldn’t contend in.

Grand Forks defeated the Midgets 8-1 on Friday at Dickinson Recreation Center and couldn’t keep the puck out of their own territory.

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“We had good effort, but we just kind of forgot how to play in our defensive zone,” Dickinson head coach Al Takle said. “We weren’t playing good positionally, we certainly weren’t able to break the puck out. Our passing wasn’t happening in the defensive zone.”

Junior forward Kennadee Fritz started the scoring off for the night three minutes into the first period, but it was all the Midgets could do for the remainder of the game. The Knightriders responded with two goals in the first and outshot the Midgets 15-4.

“I think we kind of just let everything go,” Fritz said. “We were doing really good in the first, we were keeping up and our team was doing pretty good working hard and just playing together. But I think our minds kind of just got scatterbrained.”

In the last two periods, Grand Forks opened up and went on a scoring spree, recording three goals in each and recording 43 shots on goal. Knightrider sophomore forwards Brittany Becker and Peyton LeNoir each had a hat trick on the night.

Becker said her team’s big win was all thanks to team chemistry, something the Knightriders have been working on and didn’t have last season.

“This year we all started to become a team now, we all close and like sisters,” Becker said. Last year not so much. I think that has a big part in it. The other tem did good, but I think we just got lucky most of the time. “

The Midgets have a quick turnaround and are back on the ice today at 1 p.m. to take on Devils Lake. Despite the 1-4 start on the year, Fritz said she has a good feeling about her team getting its second win, and possibly first statewide, win of the season today.

“We’re going to win. I just have a good feeling about this game,” Fritz said. “Everyone is pumped for (today). We hear they lost really bad against Fargo so I think we’ll take them because we kept up pretty well with Fargo.”

While the girls’ confidence is up, Takle said the biggest thing his team needs to work on for today as well as the remainder of the season is keeping the puck in opponent’s territory so they can do what they do best, score.

“When we did get it down into their end we were controlling it,” Takle said. “We had lots of offensive zone possession time but down in our end we got to get that down, we got to get it cleaned up. We got to figure out how to get the puck out of our zone so we can go do some damage down there.”

Grand Forks 2 3 3 – 8

Dickinson 1 0 0 – 1

FIRST PERIOD: 1, DHS, Kenadee Fritz, 3:03. 2, GF, Katie Rodningen (Tori Christian), 8:06. 3, Brittany Becker, 16:20.

SECOND PERIOD: 4, Becker (Lexi O’Halloran), 3:06. 5, Peyton LeNoir, 6:15. 6, Christian (Brooke Berry, O’Halloran), 14:55.

THIRD PERIOD: 7, Becker, :49. 8, LeNoir (Gabbie Nuelle), 3:06. 9, LeNoir (Christian), 8:36.

SAVES: GF, Teresa Mattson 3-6-0–9. DHS, Breanna Chaimberlain 13-18-11–43.

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Meaghan MacDonald
Meaghan is the sports reporter for the Dickinson Press, focusing primarily on Dickinson State athletics and rodeo. After graduating from James Madison University (Va.) in May 2013, she moved from New Jersey to North Dakota to start pursuing her career in sports journalism. 
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