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Power-play goals carry Braves over Midgets

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson High freshman Kass Dvorak handles the puck while trying to skate past Mandan defenders during a West Region boys hockey game Thursday night at the Dickinson Recreation Center.

Penalties led to power-play goals that put the Dickinson High boys hockey team in an early hole.

Mandan netted three goals in the first period as it defeated Dickinson 4-1 in a West Region game on Thursday at the Dickinson Recreation Center.

"All that we could do is take it one shift at a time," Dickinson head coach Tom Folske said. "Unfortunately we just ran out of time."

The Braves (6-7, 4-5 West) found themselves at a one-man advantage 2 minutes, 42 seconds into the first period after Dickinson's Alex Turcotte went to the penalty box for hooking.

Mandan needed one minute to capitalize on the penalty with Tre Kautzman scoring the first goal. Grant Aasand and Brady Zittleman came on for the assist.

The sophomore forward finished with two goals, giving him 13 on the season.

"Tre's been stepping up for us as a leader," Mandan head coach Dennis Budeau said. "He's a young kid, he's only a sophomore. He's a young man that we look to score goals."

Dickinson landed in the penalty box again when Michael Porter was called for a cross check with less than 10 minutes to play in the first.

Mandan's offense was ready to go as Zittleman deflected a slap shot by Logan Berg for the second goal of the game.

The game between the two West Region teams was physical, but Dickinson's Brendin Steiner said it isn't because they don't like each other.

"When we play Mandan it's always at each others throats," he said. "It's just always a competitive game."

Dickinson (2-11, 0-9 West) was charged with eight penalties, while Mandan had seven.

"You just have to stay out of the penalty box," Folske said. "You can't play short-handed for 16 minutes. That's almost a whole period."

The Braves added another goal to finish out the first period with Aasand finding the back of the goal.

"The biggest thing coming into the second period is that we want to get the next goal," Budeau said. "Or we make sure that we stay up on them during the period."

Mandan had multiple chances on other than its four goals. Dickinson goalie Jamison Grey finished with 38 saves.

Steiner said Grey came up big.

"He was standing on his head today," Steiner said. "He gave everything he had, so hats off to him. He's want kept us in the game."

The Midgets' big chance came in the middle of the second period when penalties for both sides caused a 3-on-3 situation. Dickinson's top line of Porter, Steiner and Kass Dvorak didn't disappoint.

Porter fooled two defenders and left Steiner with a wide-open one-time shot. Steiner buried it in the back of the net to give the Midgets some life.

Mandan answered with Kautzmann scoring an unassisted goal 1:10 later to cap their scoring.

The Midgets felt like the final two periods is the way the team expects to play.

"Lately we've been starting kind of slow, but we've been finishing games really strong," Steiner said. "The end of games hopefully can start transferring to beginning of games."

Mandan 3 1 0 - 4

Dickinson 0 1 0 - 1

FIRST PERIOD: 1, M, Tre Kautzman (Grant Aasand, Brady Zittleman) 3:55. 2, M, Zittleman (Logan Berg) 9:57. 3, M, Aasand (Zittleman) 13:49.

SECOND PERIOD: 4, D, Brendin Steiner (Michael Porter) 7:24. 5, M, Kautzman 9:04.

THIRD PERIOD: No scoring.

SAVES: M, Rider Cupido 5-3-7-17. D, Jamison Grey 15-15-12-42.