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Fargo South rolls past Midgets

Press Photo by Meaghan MacDonald Dickinson sophomore forward Abby Wandler, middle, faces off against a Fargo South opponent during a statewide game on Saturday at Dickinson Recreation Center.

What started out as a competitive game on the ice quickly turned into heartbreaker for the Dickinson High girls hockey team on senior day.

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Fargo South piled on seven unanswered goals during the second and third periods to defeat the Midgets 8-1 in a statewide game on Saturday at Dickinson Recreation Center.

“We played really well for the first half of the game, we were in it we were really engaged and then we just plain ran out of gas,” Dickinson head coach Al Takle said. “We didn’t have enough momentum to keep us going and we were trying to patch together (three defensemen) and I guess it didn’t work.”

After seniors McKenna Love, Cassidy Goodrich and Paige Fahlstrom were honored, Dickinson came out strong and nearly had a scoreless first period. With 57 seconds left, freshman forward Annika Mogck drove down the ice and slipped the puck down low past Falhstrom’s left skate for the first goal of the game.

Just 20 seconds into the second period, Dickinson junior forward Rachel Lantz supplied a game-tying goal, but it was all the Midgets could do for the remainder of the game.

With 6:19 left, sophomore Paige Sauvageau — who finished with two goals and an assist — took a shot that bounced off Fahlstrom but freshman Alysse Glasner rebounded her shot and found the back of the net.

Less than a minute later senior forward Summer Hayes scored after a scramble in front of the Dickinson net and the Bruins were on a roll.

“We really played strong first period, the second period was good until about halfway through,” said Fahlstrom, who finished with 36 saves. “The girls realized they touched their goalie and stepped up towards the end and in the third period we just quit, we just gave up.”

After the pair of goals, Dickinson ran out of gas and played flat. There was little hustle to the puck and the team started frequently visiting the penalty box. The Midgets had three penalties in the third period and eight total.

Fargo South scored four goals in the third from Sauvageau, sophomore forward Megan Lorenz and freshman defender Kayla Swen. Bruins’ goalie Emily Grothmann made 20 saves in the game.

Despite the loss, the senior recognize how much better the team has become over the season and are thankful for what Dickinson hockey has done for them.

“This year was way more fun because we’ve improved a lot so we’ve been able to actually compete with the other teams and get closer,” Love said. “Our team is all closer now because we all played for a few years now. We haven’t had new players so we’ve all been (together).”

Fahlstrom added: “Our coach pointed out from last year before Friday and Saturday we were down 111 goals against from last year. We really made an improvement and I’m so proud of them from that.”

The season isn’t over as the Midgets travel to Sidney (Mont.) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and finishes the season against Jamestown at 6 p.m. Saturday.

“It’s sad but we got two more games, we get to play so hopefully we can do some better things next week and finish on a high note,” Takle said. “Hopefully we can finish it off good for them on the road.”

Fargo South 1 3 4 – 8

Dickinson 0 1 0 – 1

FIRST PERIOD: 1, FS, Annika Mogck (Ellea Bachmeier) 16:17.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, D, Rachel Lantz (Hallie Hoffer, Paige Schweitzer) 16:40. 3, FS, Alysse Glasner (Paige Sauvageau) 10:81. 4, FS, Anna Ingersoll (Glasner) 11:92). 5, FS, Summer Hayes (Paige BEttenhausen, Gaby Miller) 13:33.

THIRD PERIOD: 6, FS, Sauvageau (Ellie Vetsch) 2:52. 7, FS, Megan Lorenz (unassisted) 3:44. 8, FS, Kayla Swen (Meredith Grothmann) 11:02. 9, FS, Sauvageau (Swen) 14:45.

SAVES: FS, Emily Grothmann 6-7-7–20. D, Paige Fahlstrom 16-10-10–36.

Meaghan MacDonald

Meaghan is the sports page designer and copy editor for the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.  After graduating from James Madison University (Va.) in May 2013, she moved from New Jersey to North Dakota to start pursuing her career in sports journalism and was a sports reporter for the Dickinson Press and covered Dickinson State athletics. Meaghan has been working for the Forum since June 2015.