Wagner, Capitals trip up DickinsonThere’s a hockey adage, “The goalie stood on his head.” That’s exactly what Dickinson High senior goalie Jamison Gray did for first 33 minutes, 30 seconds of the game.
By: Royal McGregor, The Dickinson Press
There’s a hockey adage, “The goalie stood on his head.”
That’s exactly what Dickinson High senior goalie Jamison Gray did for first 33 minutes, 30 seconds of the game.
But an Austin Wagner hat trick that included a pair of goals in a span of 18 seconds and the game-winning wrist shot from the blue line in overtime, lead Oahe, S.D., to 4-3 win over the Midgets on Friday at the Dickinson Recreation Center.
“We just lost our heads for a little bit,” Gray said. “Those 20 seconds were all they needed.”
Gray, who stonewalled Wagner in the first 33:30 minutes of the game, finished with 37 saves.
“Jamison had a great game,” Dickinson junior forward Alex Turcotte added. “None of those goals were his fault.”
“Jamison played well,” Dickinson head coach Tom Folske added.
The senior goalie has played well in his last three starts, though none have resulted in a win. Before Oahe, Gray took a 3-2 loss against Bottineau-Rugby on Saturday and a 3-1 loss to Bismarck Century on Tuesday.
“I was feeling pretty good today,” Gray said. “I had the same focus tonight as I did in the Century game.”
The Capitals (13-2) took a 3-2 lead with 5:22 left in the third period after Wagner’s third and final goal.
Jayden Mink, who was coming off a two-goal performance against Richland, Mont., on Thursday, scored the game-tying goal with 4 seconds left in the third to force overtime.
Wagner’s breakthrough was back-to-back goals in a span of 18 seconds at the end of the second period. But his job wasn’t over after his third goal.
“Austin is our main man,” Oahe head coach Rob Kittay said. “He’s been playing varsity since he was a sophomore.”
After the Midgets successfully killed a Mickey Folske slashing penalty, Wagner fed the puck to Cash Anderson at the blue line and he flicked a hard wrist shot for the game-winning goal at the 5:23 mark in overtime.
“Cash is a real good defenseman,” Kittay said. “When you get to overtime, you just have to shoot the puck. Cash has a real good shot and it just got in.”
The Midgets (6-11) scored the first two goals of the game. Alex Turcotte, who posted his first career hat trick of his high school career against Richland, scored the opening goal with 2:54 left in the first on a breakaway.
“The past two games with four goals isn’t too bad,” Turcotte said with a smile. “We just have to keep it going.”
Mickey Folske, who leads the Midgets with 12 goals this season, tallied the second goal on a low wrist shot through the five-hole of Oahe’s senior goalie Kyle Mammenga to give Dickinson a 2-0 lead. Tony Kostelecky came on for the assist.
Mammenga made 26 saves on the night.
With one win in a four-game span, the Midgets look to regain their momentum before the start of the West Region tournament hosting Bismarck High for their final home game of the season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
“It will be the last time playing in this rink,” Gray said about senior night on Thursday. “It’s going to be a special night and I’m going to give everything I have. I know every senior is too.”
Oahe 0 2 1 1 – 4
Dickinson 1 1 1 0 – 3
FIRST PERIOD: 1, D, Alex Turcotte (unassisted) 2:54.
SECOND PERIOD: 2, D, Mickey Folske (Tony Kostelecky) 3:22 (pp). 3, O, Austin Wagner (Alec Norwick) :29. 4, O, Wagner (Layne Hohn) :11.
THIRD PERIOD: 5, O, Wagner (unassisted) 5:58. 6, D, Jayden Mink :04.
OVERTIME: 7, O, Cash Anderson (Wagner) 5:43.
SAVES: O, Kyle Mammenga 8-12-6-0–26. D, Jamison Gray 11-15-12-0–37.