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Midgets tie with Century

BISMARCK -- Dickinson High junior Cole Frenzel kept lending a helping hand throughout Thursday's boys hockey game against Bismarck Century before finally coming up with the deciding goal late in the third period.

BISMARCK -- Dickinson High junior Cole Frenzel kept lending a helping hand throughout Thursday's boys hockey game against Bismarck Century before finally coming up with the deciding goal late in the third period.

Frenzel, who assisted on the Midgets' first three assists, tied things up for good on a power-play goal with 1:48 remaining in regulation to force a 4-4 tie in West Region action at the VFW Sports Center.

"They were relentless, there was no let up," Dickinson co-coach Dave Hanneman said of his team.

After Dan Kovar and Jordan Horner scored back-to-back goals within a minute of each other in the first period, Dickinson junior John O'Brien cut the lead to 2-1 with 48 seconds left in the period.

Scott Rings gave the Patriots a 3-1 advantage early in the third period, but the Midgets again struck late to cut the lead.

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Ross Kovacs and Frenzel found Tyler Swenson in a scrum in front of the net with 4 seconds left in the period to cut the lead again.

O'Brien tied things up with 4:42 left in the third but Jace Kusler, who had assisted on the Patriots' two first-period goals, gave his team a 4-3 advantage just 15 seconds later.

"We have a lunch box for every game for our guy who goes out and gives an honest effort," said Hanneman, who said the team award went to O'Brien on Thursday. "He was penalty killing, blocking shots and he actually took one in the head and he got two big goals."

Frenzel forced overtime with his late goal and Dickinson senior goaltender Grant Kovacs stepped up late, getting seven of his 40 saves in the extra period.

"At the end of the first, it was horrific, but I'm very proud of the way the boys finished. ... They were relentless and didn't give up. The way we came back and answered them every time, we kept fighting and fighting and fighting."

Dickinson High 4, Bismarck Century 4 (tie)

DHS 2 1 1 0 - 4

Century 1 2 1 0 - 4

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FIRST PERIOD: 1, C, Dan Kovar (Jace Kusler) 5:23. 2, C, Jordan Hoerner (Dan Rothberg, Kusler) 6:15. 3, D, John O'Brien (Cole Frenzel, Cole Reisenauer) 16:12

SECOND PERIOD: 4, C, Scott Rings (Mike Knutson, Tom Evenson) 6:39. 5, D, Tyler Swenson (Frenzel, Ross Kovacs) 16:56.

THIRD PERIOD: 6, D, O'Brien (Frenzel) 12:18. 7, C, Kusler 12:33. 8, D, Frenzel (Swenson, Reisenauer) 15:12 (pp).

OVERTIME: No scoring.

SAVES: C, Cam Knutson 8-11-6-2-27. D, Grant Kovacs 10-11-12-7-40.

RECORDS: Dickinson 5-2-2 (4-2-2 West); Century 3-3-2 (1-3-2 West).

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