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DHS answers Hanneman's challenge

After going winless in its last five games, the Dickinson High boys hockey team was called out by co-coach Dave Hanneman. He didn't mince words on Thursday, whether it was out in the privacy of the Midgets' locker room or out in public. "I challe...

After going winless in its last five games, the Dickinson High boys hockey team was called out by co-coach Dave Hanneman.

He didn't mince words on Thursday, whether it was out in the privacy of the Midgets' locker room or out in public.

"I challenged them," Hanneman said. "I pretty much called them soft in the paper and I called them soft in the locker room yesterday. They came out and responded. That's what we need."

The response was not only a change in attitude, but the first ever win over Minot High during the Hanneman era.

The Midgets used two second-period goals to down the Magicians 2-0 on Thursday in West Region action at the Dickinson Recreation Center.

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"We haven't ever beat Minot since I've been here and it came down to guys just doing their job and playing with desire," Hanneman said.

The Midgets (3-2-1, 2-2-1 West) came out strong in the first period, putting heavy pressure on the Magicians (1-4-1, 1-1-1 West), but came up empty in the goal department.

That pressure carried over into the second period when, 36 seconds in, junior forward Blake Reis knocked in the Midgets' third rebound opportunity to take a 1-0 lead.

"We talked about playing with fire and wanting it," Hanneman said. "That first goal was a total example of that. It wasn't pretty by any means. It was a hard working goal.

"That's what we need night in and night out. If we play the way Blake got that first goal, then we'll be very successful."

Minutes later, Dickinson found the back of the net again, this time in a much prettier fashion.

Sitting just below the left face-off circle, sophomore forward Cole Reisenauer whipped a shot top shelf at the 2:54 mark to give Dickinson the 2-0 lead.

Senior forward Jeff Kaiser assisted on both scores. Reisenauer assisted on Reis' goal.

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"In the last five games, there has been determination here and there but we played a whole game with determination (Thursday) and that was huge," Hanneman said.

The Magicians had their chances in the second period as well and actually beat Dickinson senior goaltender Grant Kovacs twice, but neither shot found the back of the net.

Minot rang two shots off the left post, including one that kissed the inside of the iron, inches from crossing the goal line.

"All these guys have never beaten Minot but it's just one," Hanneman said. "We have to keep it in perspective."

Kovacs made 23 saves, including 11 in the third period, to earn his first shutout of the season. Minot senior netminder Derek Skogen stopped 27 pucks.

Neither was able to convert on the power play. Dickinson went 0-for-5 on the night while Minot was 0-for-4.

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