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Minot ends Dickinson's season in state boys hockey tournament consolation round

GRAND FORKS -- The Dickinson boys hockey team’s first trip to the North Dakota state tournament in 16 years ended Friday afternoon with a one-goal loss in the consolation semifinals.

Kaymen Kitchen scored two second-period goals in 9 seconds to rally the Midgets from a three-goal deficit, but Minot’s Easton Bennett fired back late in the third period to help the Magicians hold on for a 5-4 victory at Purpur Arena.

Connor Schuster scored two goals in the second period to give Minot a 4-1 lead, which led to Kitchen’s rally that started with a power-play goal with 2:28 left in the second period. He added an even-strength goal 9 seconds later.

But that was the closest Dickinson could come.

Dawson Kram scored a goal with 33 seconds left in regulation to narrow the gap to 5-4, but the Midgets couldn’t punch in the tying goal with an empty net.

Dickinson senior captain Michael McChensey, who came into the tournament as the state’s leading scorer, had three assists to cap his career.

He assisted on Tate Martel’s power-play goal midway through the second period that opened the scoring for Dickinson, dished to Kitchen on his second goal and assisted Kram.

Minot skated to a 3-0 lead just 5 minutes into the second period after Schuster’s first goal came on a power play.

Kross Braaten turned back 26 shots on goal for Minot while Greg Haataja had 25 saves for Dickinson.

The Midgets had five penalties to Minot’s three.