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Grand Forks defeats DHS

Press Photo by Dustin Monke Dickinson senior Kennedy Takle, left, brings the puck down the ice as Grand Forks freshman MacKenzie Olson waits Friday night during a girls hockey game at the Dickinson Recreation Center.

The growing pains continue for the Dickinson girls hockey team.

Grand Forks posted 10 goals in the opening period to defeat Dickinson High 18-0 on Friday at the Dickinson Recreation Center.

"Obviously the first half of the first period was a little rough," Dickinson head coach Lauren Hansen said. "I think the girls completely turned around the whole game. It's not the best way to start the game there's no sugarcoating it, but I think the fact they turned it around is a testament to them."

The Knight Riders (3-2) made the long haul to Dickinson, but didn't miss a beat on the offensive side of the puck. Grand Forks tallied 73 shots on goal compared to Dickinson's two.

"We skated well," Grand Forks head coach Darin Schumacher said. "Our goal was to come out here, move the puck well and get shots early."

Madison Kinzel usually leads the Midgets (0-4) offensive attack, but the junior forward was out with the flu. Hansen said it was a good situation for the team to be in.

"It opened up a center spot and we slid McKenna (Love) into the center spot," Hansen said. "I think it's good for the girls to learn how to play without one of their playmakers."

Grand Forks sophomore Brooke Berry with four goals and two assists. Her line was expected to score goal and linemates Nicole Novak and Jaiden Hansen combined for nine points. Novak had two goals and three assists, while Jaiden Hansen had three assists and one goal.

"Our top line of Novak, Hansen and Berry did a good job of moving the puck and did a good job of playing with each other," Schumacher said.

Lauren Hansen made a switch halfway through the game, taking out Kelsey Gillen and putting in LeAnne Brydl at goalie. The seventh-grader allowed four goals in the final 24 minutes.

"Kind of the bad wrap that goes with the goalie being pulled, there was nothing negative about it," Lauren Hansen said. "I think a player learns on and off the ice. I wanted to get LeAnne some ice time."

Though Dickinson continued to get better as the game went along, Brydl said she's been impressed with the defensive effort in the last couple weeks.

"I think we are getting more physical," Brydl said. "I think we've been improving a lot."

The Midgets have a quick turnaround hosting Devils Lake at 2 p.m. today. Lauren Hansen said she wants her team to remember the game.

"Personally I want them to have this game in the back of their mind," she said. "I think they setup themselves up great. Even though the score didn't reflect it, the girls finished strong."

Grand Forks 10 5 3 - 18

Dickinson 0 0 0 - 0

FIRST PERIOD: 1, GF, MacKenzie Olson (unassisted) 1:48. 2, GF, Brittany Becker (Mariah Snustad, Christina Schlosser) 2:13. 3, GF. Jaiden Hansen (Nicole Novak) 3:21. 4, GF, Brooke Berry (Novak) 5:21. 5, GF, Novak (Berry, Callie Jore) 6:07. 6, GF, Allison Mulroy (Snustad, Becker) 9:13. 7, GF, Brenna Nakonechny (unassisted) 11:56. 8, GF, Liz Kratochvil (unassisted) 13:50. 9, GF, Berry (Hansen, Novak) 15:15. 10, GF, Snustad (Becker) 16:42.

SECOND PERIOD: 11, GF, Berry (unassisted) :36. 12, GF, Nakonechny (unassisted) 3:35. 13, GF, Berry (Alexis O'Halloran, Ashley Becker) 6:35. 14, GF, Mulroy (Brittany Becker, Snustad) 7:40. 15, GF, Novak (Hansen, Berry) 10:20.

THIRD PERIOD: 16, GF, Mulroy (Hansen, Brittany Becker) 4:20. 17, GF, Nakonechny (Berry) 7:25. 18, GF, O'Halloran (Ashley Becker, Peyton Lenoir) 8:25.

SAVES: GF, Jerrica Rosendahl 0-2-0-2. D, Kelsey Gillen 25-16-0-41, LeAnne Brydl 0-12-20-32.