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FARGO -- The Dickinson girls hockey team continues to struggle with putting a full game together. When the Midgets figure it out, their opponents could be in trouble. Nonetheless, they still found themselves on the end of an 8-2 loss to Fargo Nor...

FARGO -- The Dickinson girls hockey team continues to struggle with putting a full game together.

When the Midgets figure it out, their opponents could be in trouble.

Nonetheless, they still found themselves on the end of an 8-2 loss to Fargo North on Saturday.

"(On Friday against Grand Forks), we came out slow and today was the opposite," Dickinson coach Ryan Love said. "They were a little surprised with how we came out and attacked them."

Fargo North was fresh off an 18-0 win over Mandan.

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"They probably thought they would score another 18 goals," Love said.

Dickinson gave up just one goal in the first period, a Paige Lemieux score that came in the first 2 minutes of the game.

After that, the Midgets buckled down and answered when Christina Lantz stole a North pass and scored an unassisted shorthanded goal 4:29 into the second period, taking North goalie Chelsey Sitzman glove side on a breakaway opportunity. Sitzman finished with five saves on seven shots.

Fargo North responded with an Emily Dahl goal a minute later, but allowed Dickinson's Kira Kuntz to tie the game at 2-2 when she scored a power-play goal midway through the second.

The next goal, albeit controversial, ended up being the back-breaker.

According to Love, a North player slid into Dickinson goalie Ashley Ludwig and stayed there while Spartans forward Jordan Mari skated around the net with the puck and scored her team's third goal.

"The girl went in and laid on our goalie and another girl skated around and scored," Love said. "The way it all happened ... it just changed the momentum. They peppered us after that. They're a good team."

The questionable goal was followed by the last five goals of the game, all of which were North's.

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"For the most part, I thought we played well," Love said. "We've never been within six goals of them."

Ludwig stopped 43 shots in the loss.

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