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Meyer, Ludwig lead Dickinson past Firebirds

Like any high school athlete, Dickinson forward Brittney Meyer hates losing. After seven winless games, Meyer helped put the Midgets on a bit of a winning streak Saturday afternoon. Behind the junior's two goals and Ashley Ludwig's 22 saves, Dick...

Like any high school athlete, Dickinson forward Brittney Meyer hates losing.

After seven winless games, Meyer helped put the Midgets on a bit of a winning streak Saturday afternoon.

Behind the junior's two goals and Ashley Ludwig's 22 saves, Dickinson sealed its second win in a row, beating Devils Lake 4-1 at the Dickinson Recreation Center.

"I was getting sick of it," Meyer said of the Midgets' winless ways. "We all just figured out we have to work harder during all three periods and get along - no fighting."

Meyer led the Midgets' hard-working first line that stormed out of the gates. McKenzie Kinzel and Amity Lantz assisted on both of Meyer's goals.

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The first came with 3:04 remaining in the first period when Meyer's slap shot from 20 feet out found the two hole to put the Midgets ahead 1-0.

Her second came on a power play with 11:10 remaining in the second period. Meyer received the puck after the face off and coasted past Devils Lake goaltender Brittin LaFleur, who finished with 26 saves.

"I was just in the right place at the right time, I guess," Meyer said.

Christina Lantz and Kira Kuntz each added a goal within 13 seconds of each other early in the third period to give Dickinson some breathing room. Meyer and Amity Lantz assisted on Christina Lantz's goal.

"Today it was setting it up down low and passing the puck - just great passing on those goals," Dickinson coach Ryan Love said. "That (first) line's really starting to play well together."

Ludwig had a flawless game going until late in the third period when Firebirds junior Molly Nettell took the puck the length of the ice on a breakaway and flicked it over Ludwig's left shoulder. Devils Lake's only goal came with 5:01 left in the game.

Ludwig, who is giving up an average of 5.34 goals per game but chalking up 31.3 saves a night, was disappointed she didn't get the shutout, However, the sophomore, who frustrated the Firebirds with some close saves, was pleased with the win.

"It definitely gives us a lot of confidence going into the last half of the season," Ludwig said.

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With seven weeks left in the regular season, the Midgets improved to 3-6-2. They are more than halfway through their schedule and have only nine regular-season games remaining.

Devils Lake, meanwhile, is still looking for its first win this season and dropped to 0-6-1. The Firebirds' tie came against Dickinson on Dec. 7.

"I'm pretty happy with where we're sitting right now," Love said.

Dickinson High 4, Devils Lake 1

DL 0 0 1 - 1

DHS 1 1 2 - 4

FIRST PERIOD: 1, DHS, Brittney Meyer (McKenzie Kinzel, Amity Lantz) 13:56.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, DHS, Meyer (Kinzel, A. Lantz) 5:50 (pp).

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THIRD PERIOD: 3, DHS, Christina Lantz (Meyer, A. Lantz) 4:55 (pp). 4, DHS, Kira Kuntz (Lynae Messer) 5:08. 5, DL, Molly Nettel 11:59.

SAVES: DL, Brittin LaFleur 7-10-9-26. DHS, Ashley Ludwig 3-7-12-22.

RECORDS: DL 0-6-1, DHS 3-6-2.

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