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Midgets breeze past Richland 7-2

The old hockey adage for a goalie is “he’s standing on his head.”

Richland (Sidney, Mont.) goalie Trent Schilling has a little different adage “he was standing on one leg.”

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Schilling, who is playing through a sprained MCL, was able to limit the Dickinson boys hockey team, but the Midgets offensive prowess was too strong taking a 7-2 win on Thursday at the Dickinson Recreation Center.

“He played out of his mind,” Dickinson head coach Dallas Kuntz said with wide eyes. “The boys came out, played as team and worked every shift. We just stressed to get the puck on net and work hard every every shift. They did that.”

The Richland goalie made 65 saves, but the Midgets continued to strike more often throughout the game.

“I’m pretty happy with him,” Richland head coach Jason Schmierer said with a smile. “It looked like he saw the puck well and did a nice job of positioning himself correctly. It worked out well for him.”

The floodgates opened for the Midgets in the third period when Kass Dvorak scored on a feed from Michael McChesney and Andrew Heckaman at the 12-minute, 28-second mark. The Midgets scored three more times in the next 8 minutes to extend their lead to 7-1. The Midgets’ three goals came from Heckaman, Alex Turcotte and Dvorak finished off the scoring.

Dickinson scored the opening goal in the first period on a redirection by Gannon Karsky. Dan Hocharenko and McChesney each added goals in the second period.

“Right when you get that first goal, you kind of have the momentum,” McChesney said. “That goaltender had a great game and we took plenty of shots on him, but we were finally able to get to him in that second and third period.”

Eric Schaper, a sophomore goalie, made his first high school appearance in the net. He made eight saves, while allowing two goals.

The game between the two teams were chalked full of penalties. The teams combined for 17 penalties. However, the Midgets were the only team to score goals during the penalties. Dvorak’s first goal was a power-play goal. Heckaman scored a short-handed goal.

The Rangers’ two goals came in the final 7 minutes of the third period. Jeremy Rhines and Austin Lange each scored unassisted goals.

The Midgets have a week off before traveling to Bottineau-Rugby at 2 p.m. Nov. 30 for a West Region game. Dickinson plans to use its time wisely in preparation for its second West Region game of the season.

“Tonight was a good win for us, but we are looking forward to the WDA season,” Kuntz said. “If we keep plugging away and putting the puck on net and good things are going to happen.”

Richland 0 0 2 – 2

Dickinson 1 2 4 – 7

FIRST PERIOD: 1, D, Gannon Karsky (unassisted) 6:05.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, D, Dan Honcharenko (Braden Kessel, Kass Dvorak), 5:45. 3, D, Michael McChesney (Tony Kostelecky), 1:06.

THIRD PERIOD: 4, D, Dvorak (McChesney, Andrew Heckaman), 12:28. 5, D, Heckaman SH (Kostelecky), 7:17. 6, D, Alex Turcotte PP (Honcharenko), 6:29. 7, R, Jeremy Rhines (unassisted), 6:09. 8, D, Dvorak (Turcotte), 2:35. 9, R, Austin Lange (unassisted), :01.

SAVES: R, Trent Schilling 15-24-26–65. D, Eric Schaper 3-1-4–8.