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Shaking off the rust: Dickinson scores 4 third period goals in a West Region win over Williston

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson High junior defenseman Tony Kostelecky, back, scores a second period goal against Williston goaltender Ty Berg during the season opener and a West Region game on Tuesday at the Dickinson Recreation Center. The Midgets scored four third period goals en route to a 5-2 victory against the Coyotes.

Throughout the first 41 minutes, the Dickinson High boys hockey team was just a little off on everything.

Everything included passing, shooting, puck handling and skating.

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“We weren’t really clicking at all,” Dickinson head coach Dallas Kuntz said. “We came out and the boys were a little nervous. It was sloppy and the boys weren’t communicating with each other.”

However, in the final 10 minutes the Midgets put everything together to score four third periods goal en route to a 5-2 win over Williston in a West Region on Tuesday at the Dickinson Recreation Center.

“As soon as we did start communicating, it was bang, bang pucks in the net,” Kuntz said. “We learned some things that we can build on. There were some positives, but we have to play three full periods.

“We got the win, but there are a lot of things that we need to work on.”

The final 10 minutes of the third period showed how well the Midgets can compete when they are working well together.

Dickinson’s opening goal of the third period came at the 9:07 mark when Andrew Heckaman ripped a wrist shot toward the net. The puck caught a piece of Williston goaltender Ty Berg and ricocheted off his back and into the net.

Heckaman’s goal tied up the game 2-2 and the floodgates opened for the Midgets. Michael McChesney shot from the top of the circle past the glove of the Berg. The sophomore’s goal put Dickinson in the lead for good.

Kass Dvorak, who had chances all game long to put the puck in the back of the net, came through with the team’s final two goals. His first was a rebound and the second was an empty net with 29 seconds left.

“At the end, we just came together as a team and that helped a lot,” Dvorak said. “With Mike scoring that goal, I think it got us all fired up. When we started playing together as a team, it got everyone rallied and we started realizing what we could do when we all work together.”

The Midgets had 39 shots on goal, while Berg made 34 saves. Dickinson senior goaltender Brett Schweitzer made 19 saves and didn’t allow a third-period goal.

Williston played strong throughout the first two periods and held a 2-1 lead after Tracer Overland scored the game’s opening goal and Josh Davis netted the second.

“I thought we played real good for our first game,” Williston head coach Dustin Bratlien said. “We kind of weathered the storm at the beginning.”

Dickinson junior defenseman Tony Kostelecky ripped a top-shelf wrist shot past Berg for the team’s first goal in the second period.

Two of the five goals the Midgets scored were unassisted (Kostelecky and McChesney). Dickinson did pick up assists from McChesney, Alex Turcotte and Tate Martel.

Dickinson is celebrating the win for one night, but it knows the season has just begun. The Midgets return to the ice at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against Sidney, Mont.

“We are having a short memory,” Kuntz said. “We are getting right back to work (this morning) at 6 a.m. We are going to enjoy the win for five minutes and get back to work. The season is a marathon. We can’t hang our head on one win or one loss. To get the win was great, but we have a lot of work to do.”

Dvorak added: “We are going to celebrate tonight, get back to work in the morning and get ready for Thursday.”

Williston 1 1 0 – 2

Dickinson 0 1 4 – 5

FIRST PERIOD: 1, W, Tracer Overland (Adam Kemp) 2:18.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, D, Tony Kostelecky (unassisted) 4:51. 3, W, Josh Davis (Bailey Zaste, Tate Barbot) 2:11.

THIRD PERIOD: 4, D, Andrew Heckaman (Michael McChesney) 9:07. 5, D, McChesney (unassisted) 8:45. 6, D, Kass Dvorak (Alex Turcotte, Tate Martel) 4:13. 7, D, Dvorak (empty net) :29.

SAVES: W, Ty Berg 17-6-11–34. D, Brett Schweitzer 6-7-6–19.