Fans pleaded with the referees at the Dickinson Recreation Center to call the game both ways on Friday, others stormed out disgruntled, but even if the men in stripes had called the penalties that mom and dad were looking for, the result would ha...
Fans pleaded with the referees at the Dickinson Recreation Center to call the game both ways on Friday, others stormed out disgruntled, but even if the men in stripes had called the penalties that mom and dad were looking for, the result would have been the same.
According to Dickinson High boys hockey coach Dave Hanneman, Mandan completely outworked his team.
"If we get the calls against us and we're not getting any calls for us, we just have to work twice as hard," Hanneman said. "We did just enough work to get by and when it comes to overtime against deep teams, going to get by isn't going to work."
A lack of effort, not the official's whistle, doomed the Midgets in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Braves in West Region action on Friday night.
Mandan notched goals in the third and extra period to improve to 2-1 on the season while Dickinson lost its second game in a row to fall to 2-2 and 1-2 in the West.
"It's tough to come into an away barn and take a win out," Mandan coach Dennis Budeau said. "I'm just happy to see that the boys stepped it up in the third to give us the game."
Mandan junior forward David Dobier tied the game 1-1 with 5:38 left in the third on the power play and then set up the game winner.
Skating coast-to-coast with little resistance on Dobier's way to the net, his shot gave senior forward Zac Winking a rebound that found the back of the net, cuing a visitors' celebration on Dickinson's ice 6:33 into overtime.
"It's tough," Hanneman said. "We played hard for the first period and it was good because we came off of a bad game with Bismarck High.
"Mandan just outworked us. They deserved to win. We didn't deserve to win by any means."
Midgets junior forward and newly named second captain Cole Frenzel put Dickinson up 1-0, 12:33 into the first period but was mostly ineffective from there on out.
After being whistled for roughing earlier in the night, Frenzel committed a costly checking from behind violation 2:58 into the second period, resulting in a 10-minute game misconduct.
After serving his time, Frenzel was caught for high sticking in front of the net, only 2:15 after being released.
With four penalties for 16 minutes, Hanneman was forced to sit Frenzel. A fifth would have cost the Midgets their 6-foot-2 forward not only for Friday's game, but Saturday's 6:30 p.m. match in Williston as well.
"When we did that, everybody quit," Hanneman said. "It was almost like guys looking around saying, 'Well I'm not going to do it. You going to do it?'"
Dickinson committed a total of eight penalties for 24 minutes compared to the three calls for 6 minutes against Mandan.
"Penalties definitely did kill us, Hanneman said. "Of the penalties we got, 99 percent of them were penalties but Mandan got away with a lot too. That's tough when you are penalty killing the whole game. It really wears on your team."
The Midgets had the size and speed advantage over Mandan but failed to play patient hockey after the first period. Dickinson dominated the Braves, out shooting them, 13-5, in the first.
The rest of the game was a different story as the Braves put the pressure on the Dickinson net, out shooting the Midgets 21-18.
"The first period we were very under control," Hanneman said. "In the second and third when we just start playing racquetball, just hitting it around, it just showed that we were out of control.
"We need to maintain composure and move the puck to open options and play the way we know how to play. That's why we practice. We don't practice just to get out there and throw the puck around."
Mandan 2, Dickinson High 1 (OT)
Mandan 0 0 1 1 - 2
Dickinson 1 0 0 0 - 1
FIRST PERIOD: 1, DHS, Cole Frenzel (John O'Brien), 12:33.
SECOND PERIOD: No scoring
THIRD PERIOD: 2, MHS, David Dobier (Jordan Bullinger, Tyler Ruff), (pp), 5:38.
OVERTIME: 3, MHS, Zac Winking (Dobier), 6:33.
SAVES: Mandan, Ethan Kline 13-11-5-2-31. Dickinson, Grant Kovacs 5-11-7-3-26.
RECORDS: Mandan 2-1, Dickinson 2-2.
Grafton-Park River 5, Devils Lake-Cando 1
Williston 3, Minot 3 (tie)