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Northstars score 3 straight goals to beat Midgets

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson senior Tim Knudson, right, skates with the puck against Hazen-Beulah’s Connor Candrian during a West Region game on Saturday at Dickinson Recreation Center.

The Dickinson High boys hockey team learned a valuable lesson Saturday — keep the pressure on and never let up.

Hazen-Beulah scored three unanswered goals — including Devin Sardelli’s game-winner — en route to a 5-4 overtime West Region win at Dickinson Recreation Center.

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“We came out flat — I don’t know if we overlooked them — but Hazen came out hard and earned the victory,” Dickinson head coach Dallas Kuntz said. “We had a tough time keeping up with them. Heart is a big thing. We didn’t have very much heart today.

“Our thing is when we score we need to keep attacking. Every goal we score we have to be like sharks in the water. You got to keep putting the pressure on them.”

The Midgets took a 4-2 lead after Michael McChesney scored a power-play goal in the second period.

However, after the McChesney goal, the Northstar netted a pair of second-period goals. Connor Candrian scored the team’s third goal, while Mikey Morris netted the fourth — his second of the game.

In the game, Hazen-Beulah scored a short-handed and power-play goal. Morris scored the short-handed goal on a quick wrist shot after he intercepted a pass in the Dickinson zone.

The Northstars took advantage of every miscue the Midgets made. McChesney said the team has to continually keep their foot on the gas.

“We got the lead and we were kind of like let’s just keep this lead. We took a step back and just kind of played defense,” he said. “It just showed that you can’t take a step back. You need to keep pushing forward, keep the pedal down and keep scoring. We didn’t do that.”

Hazen-Beulah’s head coach Dan Frei said the game plan was to outwork the Midgets in every shift.

“Our emphasis coming into this game was just working hard,” he said. “We had to outwork them every shift. In the first couple periods, we stood around more than we should have. Our feet weren’t going. In that overtime period, we just outworked them. Every time we could get to a puck we did and that leads to good things.”

Dickinson received goals from senior Alex Turcotte, who has five goals in the last two games, junior Kass Dvorak and junior Matt Pavek. Tony Kostelecky supplied a pair of assists, while Tim Knudson, Andrew Heckaman, Pavek and Turcotte each had one assist.

Rory Olson scored the opening goal of the game for the Northstars. Tyler Murschel picked up the win in goal with 25 saves.

Eric Schaper, who won his varsity debut against Sidney, Mont., was tagged with the loss. The sophomore goalie made 29 saves.

The Midgets picked up four of six points this weekend against West Region opponents. Dickinson travels to West Region opponent Mandan at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. The Braves are currently 2-2 on the season.

“Us coaches expect a lot out of these guys,” Kuntz said. “When there are three points on the line, we fully expect to win. Our boys expect to win.”

Hazen-Beulah 1 3 0 1 – 5

Dickinson 2 2 0 0 – 4

FIRST PERIOD: 1, HB, Rory Olson (Jakob Parisien, Jordan Johnson) 9:24. 2, D, Alex Turcotte (Matt Pavek, Tim Knudson) 5:33. 3, D, Kass Dvorak (Andrew Heckaman) 4:47.

SECOND PERIOD: 4, HB, Mikey Morris, SH, (unassisted) 10:39. 5, D, Pavek (Turcotte, Tony Kostelecky) 9:39. 6, D, Michael McChesney (Pavek, Kostelecky) 5:02. 7, HB, Connor Candrian (unassisted). 8, HB, Morris (Olson).

THIRD PERIOD: No scoring.

OVERTIME: 9, Devin Sardelli (Nate Leintz) 3:52.

SAVES: HB, Tyler Murschel 8-5-11-1–25. D, Eric Schaper 10-6-8-5–29.