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Too much magic: Minot scores 5 goals in 2nd period, holds off Midgets for West Region win

Press photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson sophomore forward Michael McChesney, right, battles with Minot’s Hayden Schwartz during a West Region game on Saturday at Dickinson Recreation Center. The Magicians defeated the Midgets 10-6.

Whatever the exact message the Minot boys hockey team received from head coach Chad Burckhard between the first and second period worked.

It worked really well.

The Magicians scored five goals in second period — including two in the first minute — en route to a 10-6 West Region win over Dickinson on Saturday at Dickinson Recreation Center.

“In the second period, we got a couple bounces early on and we were fortunate to get a couple quick goals,” Burckhard said. “In the third period, you have to give Dickinson a lot of credit. They never gave up at all. They never shut down. There was about three different times in the game where they could of just quit and run away, but they never did. They are a tough hockey team to play against and we are lucky to get out of here with three points.”

Dickinson head coach Dallas Kuntz added: “We came out and worked hard in the first period, but in the second period we came out like deer in the headlights. The boys kind of went back to their old ways that when a goal gets scored on them, they hang their heads.”

Minot’s biggest threats throughout the entire game were the duo of Quinn Fuchs and Matt Flom, which ended the game with a combined 11 points. Fuchs and Flom are ranked fourth and fifth in the state scoring leaders.

Fuchs, who posted four goals and three assists, said their line works really well together. Flom added three goals and one assist.

“We moved the puck really well,” Fuchs said. “All three guys can move the puck and we all can score. We just try to get into those quiet areas, shoot the puck as much as we can and work it low.”

After the first period, the Magicians (9-3-1, 7-1 West Region) held a 2-1 lead as both goals in the opening 17 minutes were scored by Fuchs. Dickinson’s lone goal of the first period came from Matt Pavek. The Midgets junior forward finished with four goals and one assist.

During the second period, Minot scored five goals by five different players. The goals came from Flom, Ethan Czaplewski, Riley Holwegner, Brent Williams and Zebulen Pulkinen.

Pavek scored his second goal of the game in the second period, but the Midgets (6-6, 3-6 West Region) were in store for much more during the final 17 minutes.

“That was a tough second period,” Pavek said. “We didn’t play as much defense as we wanted to. We got to play better defense, but I’m pretty proud the guys for battling back and scoring some goals in the third period.”

Dickinson came out firing on all cylinders and scored three goals in the first five minutes including a pair from Pavek and one from Michael McChesney — who had a four-goal game against Mandan on Thursday. McChesney finished with two goals in the game and two assists. The closest the Midgets came in the third period was 8-5.

Despite scoring a career-high four goals, Pavek said the only thing on his mind was getting a win and three points in the West Region standings.

“The goals don’t even matter at this time,” he said. “It’s all about the team. We need to succeed as a team.”

The Midgets also received assists from Alex Turcotte with three, Tim Knudson added two and Tony Kostelecky chipped in one.

Dickinson continues its season traveling to Jamestown for a West Region game at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Midgets haven’t faced Jamestown this season as the home game against the Blue Jays on Jan. 4 was postponed to Jan. 16.

“The positive we are going to take out of this is we battle until the end,” Kuntz said. “It could have easily been 10-3. We could have went home, had our dinner and been done with it, but the boys came back and fought hard.”

Minot 2 5 3 – 10

Dickinson 1 1 4 – 6

FIRST PERIOD: 1, M, Quinn Fuchs (Cayde Enns) 13:20. 2, M, Fuchs (Stephen Vilipski, Garrett Picard), 3:16. 3, D, Matt Pavek (Tim Knudson, Alex Turcotte), 2:13.

SECOND PERIOD: 4, M, Matt Flom (Fuchs, Vilipski), 16:33. 5, M, Ethan Czaplewski (Hayden Schwarz, Riley Holwegner), 16:11. 6, M, Holwegner (Fuchs, Vilipski), 12:13. 7, M, Brent Williams (Holwegner), 8:59. 8, D, Pavek (Turcotte, Michael McChesney), 3:24. 9, M, Zebulen Pulkinen (Williams, Andrew Keller), 1:27.

THIRD PERIOD: 10, D, Pavek (McChesney, Knudson), 16:34. 11, M, Fuchs (Flom, Taran Albright), 13:35. 12, D, Pavek (McChesney), 13:35. 13, D, McChesney (Turcotte), 12:28. 14, M, Flom (Fuchs), 11:31. 15, McChesney (Pavek, Tony Kostelecky), 10:47. 16, D, Flom (Fuchs), 4:06.

SAVES: M, Breydan Effertz 5-7-4–16. D, Brett Schweitzer 5-3-x–8; Eric Schaper x-4-6–10.