Overdue win: During the previous two seasons, the Dickinson High girls hockey team had a total of two wins.
During the previous two seasons, the Dickinson High girls hockey team had a total of two wins.
At the same time, Dickinson achieved a feat it hadn’t done since the 2010-11 season — win a statewide game.
“This game was a really good pick-me-up knowing we can beat and score goals against statewide opponents,” Dickinson junior forward Rachel Lantz said. “We just need to take the things we did today and bring them into other statewide games this year.”
The Midgets used a three-goal first period to take an 8-0 win over Devils Lake on Saturday at Dickinson Recreation Center.
“We came out and got a couple quick ones and really did some nice things by controlling the puck,” Dickinson head coach Al Takle said. “We are happy with the effort today and it was nice to get the result with it.”
Lantz, who scored the team’s final goal, was an eighth-grade goalie the last time the Midgets won a statewide game. The game was a 4-1 win against Mandan where Lantz recorded the win in goal.
The win this year came from the work of Breanna Chamberlain in the net. The sophomore goalie made 15 saves for the shutout.
Dickinson started quick with a pair of goals in the first two minutes. Victoria Kuntz, who sang the national anthem before the game, netted the opening goal at the one-minute mark of the first period. Kennadee Fritz tallied the next two goals.
At the end of the first period, the Midgets had the 3-0 lead, but didn’t let up one bit.
“We really talked about getting more shots on net,” Takle said. “That’s really something we’ve been working on.
“We talked to the girls about not getting complacent and I didn’t see it at all. They did a nice job or staying in.”
The Midgets’ Kayla Wallace netted back-to-back goals in the first three minutes of the second period. Lantz supplied each assist. Kira Zastoupil ripped a wrist shot from the blue line to score the final goal of the second period. Wallace assisted Zastoupil’s goal.
Dickinson closed the door with a pair of goals in the third period as Hallie Hoffer scored the team’s seventh and Lantz finished out the scoring.
“What we really stressed before the game was getting into the offensive zone and controlling the puck,” Takle said. “We really did that. We’ve had a bad habit of throwing the puck at the net or getting the puck off our stick as soon as we could. Today, we did nice job of controlling the puck and using our points. Hopefully, we can build on it.”
Devils Lake’s Brianna Holtz was tagged with the loss. The sophomore goalie made 50 saves. However, the Firebird had trouble maintaining consistency throughout the game.
“I was pleased with how the girls play in the second half of the first period and just about the whole second periods,” Devils Lake head coach Allan Eisenzimmer said. “We are a pretty young with very inexperienced defensemen and it shows. It’s a work in progress. Parts of it I was happy with, other parts I wasn’t happy with.”
The Midgets continue their season traveling to Sidney, Mont., at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Midgets defeated Sidney 4-3 on Nov. 21.
“I hope this game gives us more confidence against some of the bigger teams,” Chamberlain said.
Notes: Fritz will not be eligible to play because she was ejected during the third period of Saturday’s game.
Devils Lake 0 0 0 – 0
Dickinson 3 3 2 – 8
FIRST PERIOD: 1, D, Victoria Kuntz (Kira Zastoupil) 16:00. 2, D, Kennadee Fritz (Abby Wandler) 15:13. 3, D, Fritz (Paige Schweitzer) :32.
SECOND PERIOD: 4, D, Kayla Wallace (Rachel Lantz) 15:34. 5, D, Wallace (Lantz) 14:12. 6, D, Zastoupil (Wallace) 3:54.
THIRD PERIOD: 7, D, Hallie Hoffer (Wandler) 6:04. 8, D, Lantz (Hoffer) 4:46.
SAVES: DL, Brianna Holtz 14-19-17–50. D, Breanna Chamberlain 7-6-2–15.