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Dickinson beats Williston 6-0 to open season with most lopsided win since 2009

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson High sophomore forward Mickey Folske, left, chases the puck while trying to fend off Williston junior forward Adam Kemp on Tuesday night during a West Region boys hockey game at the Dickinson Recreation Center.

The Dickinson High boys hockey team took a step in the right direction Tuesday night.

The direction was a six-goal, statement West Region win.

The Midgets used a four-goal second period to upend Williston 6-0 on Tuesday at the Dickinson Recreation Center.

"The first period told the story," Dickinson head coach Tom Folske said. "We came out flying and then we let up a little bit. We had a little talk between periods and they realized that they can do it. After that, you wouldn't hold them back."

To put the win in perspective, it's the first shutout against a West Region opponent since Feb. 16, 2009, when the Midgets blanked Jamestown 4-0. They hadn't beaten a team by six goals since taking down Ely, Minn., 7-1 on Dec. 28, 2009.

"We made a statement out there," sophomore forward Mickey Folske said. "It was a great effort from everybody, especially from Jamison (Gray) in goal."

Before the game, Tom Folske showed the team the coaches' poll. Dickinson was picked to finish last in the West Region and in the state.

"There are a lot of expectations in that locker room," Folske said. "You don't go into the next rink until you earn respect in that last one. If they don't earn the respect to move up in the rankings, nobody else is going to give it to them. They've got to earn and this is the first step."

Dickinson hit its high note when junior Trevor Olheiser scored the opening the goal in the second period at 15 minutes, 19 seconds. Junior Dan Honcharenko came on for the assist.

"Dickinson added some intensity on us and outworked us," Williston head coach Dustin Bratlien said. "When you are down by four goals, you either chip away or throw in the towel. Unfortunately, our guys didn't chip away. We went in the other direction."

After Olheiser's goal, the Midgets scored three more in span of six minutes. The three goals were scored by sophomores Mickey Folske and Kass Dvorak and freshman Mike McChesney.

"We wanted to win races, outwork the other team, don't get nervous, don't be too tempted to do stupid things and that's pretty much what we did," McChesney said. "I was nervous for the first game, but after the first period, I got rid of the jitters."

Folske and McChesney found the back of the net again in the third period. Brendin Steiner, the Midgets' senior captain, supplied assists on McChensey's goals and Jayden Mink added a helper on McChesney's final goal. Freshman Tate Martel and sophomore Andrew Heckman assisted on both of Mickey Folske's goals.

"It was fun," McChesney said with a smile after scoring two goals in his first varsity game. "The seniors feeding me the puck makes it easier."

Not to mention, Gray pitched a shutout in goal. The senior assistant captain stopped all 16 of Williston's shots on goal.

"Our defense played well and there weren't a whole lot of shots," Gray said. "It made my job a lot easier."

With five of the six goals going to sophomores and freshmen, Mickey Folske said it shows that any line has the ability to score.

"We have depth on every line," he said. "We can score. I think that should make teams scared that we can be a threat all the time."

The Midgets hope to continue a solid wave of momentum when it hosting Sidney, Mont., next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

"It was overall a team effort and that's what it's going to take every night," Tom Folske said.

Williston 0 0 0 - 0

Dickinson 0 4 2 - 6

FIRST PERIOD: No scoring.

SECOND PERIOD: 1, D, Trevor Olheiser (Dan Honcharenko) 15:19. 2, D, Mike McChesney (Brendin Steiner) 13:14. 3, D, Mickey Folske (Tate Martel, Andrew Heckman) 12:24. 4, D, Kass Dvorak (Alex Turcotte) 7:48.

THIRD PERIOD: 5, D, Folske (Heckman, Martel) 10:21. 6, D, McChesney (Steiner, Jayden Mink) 10:04.

SAVES: W, Ty Borg 11-10-13-34. D, Jamison Gray 9-3-4-16.