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Braves break through in 2nd, blank Dickinson

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson High sophomore Rachel Lantz, left, skates after the puck against Mandan junior Shaylynn Mack, left, and senior Nicolle Trenda, right, on Thursday night during a girls hockey game at the Dickinson Recreation Center.

Paige Fahlstrom was busy from start to finish.

The Dickinson High girls hockey team's junior goalie faced 21 Mandan shots after the first period and it was only a matter of time before one of those found the back of the net.

The Mandan drought lasted a little more than a period. But after sneaking in the first goal, the floodgates opened and the Braves scored four goals in the second period en route to a 7-0 win over the Midgets on Thursday at the Dickinson Recreation Center.

"The first goal is always tough," Fahlstrom said. "It's always hard to overcome the thought you just let in a goal."

Mandan threw 61 shots on goal in the game as Fahlstrom made 54 saves and limited Dickinson (1-11, 0-9 state) to three shots in the first period. The Braves (4-10, 4-7 state) controlled the zone for the remainder of the game, allowing Dickinson four more shots on goal.

"The first period is probably the hardest period we've played all season," Dickinson head coach Lauren Hansen said. "I was hoping that would carry us through the rest of the game. It turned out to be our best period."

Fahlstrom was able to stonewall Mandan's forwards throughout the first period, but the magic faded after 22 minutes.

"Their goalie played well and stayed square to the puck," Mandan head coach Dewitt Mack said. "She was making the initial save and didn't give up any rebounds."

The Braves got on the board with 11 minutes, 59 seconds left the second period as Nicolle Trenda scored the team's first goal. Mariah Marsh followed a little more than two minutes later with the second goal. The Braves got two more goals, one from Marsh and another from Samantha Halstengard, in the final four minutes of the period.

"Once the first one goes, the second goal is usually easier," Mack said. "The first one is the tough one to get in."

Marsh capped off the hat trick in the third period with an unassisted goal.

Caitlin Bellon and Paige Lillis each added goals in the third. Lillis had two assists while Bellon, Madison Huber, Jordyn Bossert, Caitlin Mack, Madison Ripplinger and Rebecca Helbling each had one assist.

Despite the Midgets' struggles offensively, they were strong in power-play killing.

The team was a perfect 2-for-2 on the power play.

Dickinson has played a solid first, second and third period at various times this season and looks to put a complete game together when it travels to Minot at 1 p.m. Saturday.

"Our biggest obstacle right now is taking one good period and turning it into a good full game," Hansen said. "We don't just want to play one good period, but three solid periods."

Mandan 0 4 3 - 7

Dickinson 0 0 0 - 0

FIRST PERIOD: No scoring.

SECOND PERIOD: 1, M, Nicolle Trenda (unassisted), 11:59. 2, M, Mariah Marsh (Madison Huber, Jordyn Bossert), 9:43. 3, M, Marsh (Paige Lillis), 3:58. 4, M, Samantha Halstengard (Caitlin Bellon, Lillis), :07.

THIRD PERIOD: 5, M, Bellon (Rebecca Helbling, Madison Ripplinger), 15:08. 6, M, Marsh (unassisted), 13:50. 7, M, Lillis (unassisted), 9:20.

SAVES: M, Sara Zachmeier 3-2-2-7. D, Paige Fahlstrom 21-20-13-54.