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Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson High players celebrate after sophomore defenseman Tate Martel scored a second-period goal during a West Region game against Mandan on Thursday at Dickinson Recreation Center. The Dickinson High student section is cheering in the background. The Midgets defeated the Braves 8-5.

Putting on a show: McChesney scores 4 goals as Dickinson defeats Mandan

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Through the first 17 minutes, the Dickinson High and Mandan boys hockey teams traded punches.

The same couldn’t be said for the next 17 minutes.

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Dickinson scored three unanswered goals in the second period and received a four-goal performance from sophomore forward Michael McChesney to take an 8-5 West Region win over Mandan on Thursday at Dickinson Recreation Center.

“When we get up, we need to attack,” Dickinson head coach Dallas Kuntz said. “It seemed like when we got that first goal, we kind of played our heels a little bit — almost waiting for something bad to happen. The boys proved that if they attack like they did in the second period, there are goals to be had there.”

McChesney added: “(In the first period) we kept taking steps back whenever scored a goal. We needed to get a goal and keep going forward that’s what we did in the second period. It was good to back, because we had a long break without games. We were ready to go today.”

The Midgets and Braves were tied 3-3 at the end of the first period. Dickinson turned on the gas quickly as Matt Pavek scored 26 seconds into the second. The early score lifted the Midgets as Collin Bren and Tate Martel — a junior and sophomore defensemen, respectively — scored the next two goals.

Between the second and third periods, Mandan had no choice, but to try to chip away at Dickinson’s three-goal lead.

“We knew that we had a big hill to climb, but we tried to break the game into segments in the third period,” Mandan head coach Matt Mullally said.

The Braves managed to score less than two minutes into the third period, but McChesney supplied his third and fourth goals putting an end to Mandan’s attempted comeback.

However, the biggest back breaker for the Braves was when Tony Kostelecky — who supplied two assists — was charged with a five-minute major checking from behind. The Midgets buckled down and didn’t give Mandan many chances in the offensive zone. In fact, McChesney supplied his fourth and final goal during the penalty.

“The boys buckled down,” Kuntz said. “Tony knew it right when he hit the guy that it was a bad penalty. To suck up and play four on five for five minutes and come out on the positive end of it was huge for us.”

Though McChesney’s four goals made up half of Dickinson’s points, he said it was great to see both forwards and defensemen tallied scores. Alex Bast — a junior forward — scored his first goal of the season in the first period.

“It was really nice to see everyone get their share on the ice, see what they could do and work at 100 percent,” McChesney said. “It showed and we are looking at a good second half.”

The Midgets return to the Dickinson Recreation Center hosting Minot in a West Region game at 4 p.m. Saturday. Kuntz hopes the team can continue to make strides against one of the top teams in the West Region.

“This win for us tonight and that five-minute penalty we killed is hopefully that turning point moving forward,” he said.

Mandan 3 0 2 – 5

Dickinson 3 3 2 – 8

FIRST PERIOD: 1, D, Michael McChesney (Tony Kostelecky), 13:53. 2, M, Trever Leingang (Jerald Berger, Garrett Murphy), 13:09. 3, D, McChesney (Kostelecky), 10:45. 4, M, Jarad Zittleman (unassisted), 9:21. 5, D, Alex Bast (Kass Dvorak), 3:44. 6, M, Leingang (Garett Schmidt), 1:20.

SECOND PERIOD: 7, D, Matt Pavek (Alex Turcotte), 16:34. 8, D, Collin Bren (Dvorak, McChesney), 14:51. 9, D, Tate Martel (Dvorak), 12:00.

THIRD PERIOD: 10, M, Zittleman (Murphy), 15:33. 11, D, McChesney (Turcotte), 11:15. 12, D, McChesney (Pavek, Tim Knudson), 4:16. 13, M, Leingang (Trey Huber, Murphy), 3:11.

SAVES: M, Sawyer Schmidt 12-1-x–13; Tucker Bruington x-11-10–21. D, Brett Schweitzer 7-6-4–17.

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