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Firebirds shut out Midgets

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson sophomore McKenna Love, right, fights for the puck with Devils Lake sophomore Carleen Shively after a face off during a girls hockey game Saturday afternoon at the Dickinson Recreation Center.

The Dickinson High girls hockey team couldn't stop Devils Lake's sophomore Carleen Shively.

Shivley helped score five of the first six goals as the Firebirds defeated the Midgets 12-0 on Saturday at the Dickinson Recreation Center.

"They did get a couple goals off fast," Dickinson head coach Lauren Hansen said. "Not as fast as we've been having. I think it was a whole different game for the girls. I think they stepped up their game."

Shively ended the game with two goals and three assists. Shively might have started the offensive push, but Kayla Sackenreuter finished it. The senior defender scored four goals and one assist.

"Kayla Sackenreuter has been our scoring leader for the past couple of years and came during the end of game," Devils Lake head coach Warren Michael said.

How determined were the Firebirds?

"They decided there was no way that they are walking out of this rink without a win," Michael said.

Madison Kinzel returned to the Midgets' (0-5) lineup after battling the flu for the past week.

"It's great to have Madi back," Hansen said. "It's good to have her at center."

Dickinson sophomore McKenna Love, who is also a center, was glad to see Kinzel return to the lineup.

"I think it gives us more confidence," Love said. "I think we work better as a team, when she's there."

Getting four goals in the first period got the Firebirds (1-4) off the on the right foot, especially after the 4-3 loss to Mandan on Friday.

"We had a tough game on Friday and the girls were kind of upset about it and it took it out on the ice," Michael said. "We didn't play very well against Mandan and they knew today they had to get it done."

Dickinson's Kelsey Gillen saw 45 shots on goal while Devils Lake's Mariah LaMotte preserved the shutout with 13 shots on goal.

The Midgets will hit the road for the first time this season and play Mandan at 4:15 p.m. Thursday.

"I think it's going to be fun," Hansen said. "Obviously for my team, I think the best way to get better is to be challenged. It's going to be challenging to go on the road, but its going to put some fire in the girls."

With so many young players on the team, Love hopes the veteran leadership can help calm the nerves.

"It's really for important for us older girls to give them an idea on what to expect," Love said. "I think we are doing really well in that respect."

Devils Lake 4 3 5 - 12

Dickinson 0 0 0 - 0

FIRST PERIOD: 1, DL, Carleen Shively (Kay Knoke) 6:00. 2, DL, Shively (unassisted) 6:28. 3, DL, Knoke (Shively) 9:37. 4, DL, Jordan Schmitz (Knoke, Shively) 11:26.

SECOND PERIOD: 5, DL, Knoke (Kayla Sackenreuter) 2:33. 6, DL, Schmitz (Knoke, Shively) 6:13. 7, Niki Martin (Sackenreuter) 16:51.

THIRD PERIOD: 8, DL, Sackenreuter (Hannah Vansteenvoort) :34. 9, DL, Calye Veer (unassisted) 2:20. 10, DL, Sackenreuter (Veer) 5:30. 11, DL, Sackenreuter (Vansteenvoort) 10:00. 12, DL, Sackenreuter (unassisted) 16:15.

SAVES: DL, Mariah LaMotte 4-6-3-13. D, Kelsey Gillen 19-14-12-45.