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Mandan ends Dickinson's boys hockey season in 4-3 OT battle

MINOT -- A Dickinson boys hockey season season that began with promise but was followed by a midseason slump before a late surge ended Friday at the West Region Tournament.

After killing off four penalties in the third period, in which they were outshot 20-5, the Midgets surrendered a goal to Mandan sophomore Aric Riopelle 31 sec-onds into overtime that gave the Braves a 4-3 come-from-behind victory in the consolation semifinals at All Seasons Arena.

"The boys gave it all they could," Dickinson head coach Tom Folske said. "It was a great effort."

Folske said he believed the shot was deflected in off a Dickinson defender as Riopelle got a second look at the net.

"There was a lot of traffic in front of the net," Folske said.

For everything the Midgets did, however, the Braves always seemed able to fire back.

Dickinson took a 3-2 lead when sophomore Tony Kostelecky scored a power-play goal with 30 seconds remaining in the second period.

The lead was short lived, how-ever, as Tre Kautzman evened it up 4:21 into the third. He also assisted on Mandan's two first-period goals.

The teams traded goals as they battled to a 2-2 tie in the first.

Dickinson's Alex Turcotte opened the scoring 5:46 in on a power-play goal assisted by Brendin Steiner and Tim Knudson. Fifth-nine seconds later, Mandan's Jackson Wenstrom knotted it up.

Dickinson's Jayden Mink added an unassisted goal with 4:25 remaining in the first. But again, the Midgets' lead didn't last long. Trevor Leingang tied the game 2-2 just 24 seconds later on an assist from Kautzman and Wenstrom.

Dickinson killed seven penalties with much credit going to senior goalie Jamison Gray, who had 46 saves including 22 in the third.

"Jamie Gray played one of his best games of the year. We just can't ask any more out of that young man.

Though Dickinson loses six sen-iors, including Gray, it will return many of its top scorers from a team that ended its season with an 8-15 record, their best finish in five years.

"I think we played above expec-tations for sure," Folske said. "We had a group of seniors, which was the core leaders of the group. We had some young players who played very well for their first season. It'll be a fun couple years coming up. The seniors will be truly missed though."

Dickinson 2 1 0 0 - 3

Mandan 2 0 1 1 - 4

FIRST PERIOD: 1, D, Alex Turcotte (Brendin Steiner, Tim Knudson) 5:46 pp. 2, M, Jackson Wenstrom (Tre Kautzman, Brady Skytland) 6:45. 3, D, Jayden Mink 12:35. 4, M, Trevor Leingang (Kautzman, Wenstrom) 12:59.

SECOND PERIOD: 5, D, Tony Kostelecky 16:30 pp.

THIRD PERIOD: 6, M, Kautzman (Grant Aasand, Brady Zittleman) 4:21.

OVERTIME: 7, Aric Riopelle :31.

SAVES: D, Jamison Gray 12-12-22-0-46. M, Tucker Bruington 8-12-5-0-25.