ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Packers smother Dickinson

After spending nearly the entire first period pinned in their own zone, the Dickinson High girls hockey team was lucky to only be down 1-0 to West Fargo after 17 minutes of play.

After spending nearly the entire first period pinned in their own zone, the Dickinson High girls hockey team was lucky to only be down 1-0 to West Fargo after 17 minutes of play.

The Midgets weren't so fortunate in the second and third periods, however.

Dickinson surrendered three goals in both periods, falling 7-0 to the Packers at the Dickinson Recreation Center on Friday night. It was the first time Dickinson (1-5-2) had been shut out all season.

"The first period, they came out and really just took the wind out of our sails and out-skated us," Midgets coach Ryan Love said. "We never really got any momentum going. Getting out-shot that bad, our goalie kept us in it."

The Midgets only mustered eight shots on goal all night compared to the 43 pucks put on net by the Packers.

ADVERTISEMENT

Dickinson senior goaltender Ashley Ludwig made 36 saves in the loss. She stood on her head in the first period, keeping it a one-goal contest despite the Packers holding a 13-1 shots-on-goal edge.

"Any time you only put one shot on goal, that puck was in our zone most of the first period," Love said. "It was us not making good decisions with the puck."

The Packers were not able to get Ludwig until the 12:28 mark of the first.

"Ashley is playing solid for us," Love said. "She's been fairly consistent.

"We have to do a better job of supporting her."

West Fargo, who was in a co-op with Fargo North last season, looked nothing like a first-year club as it ripped open the game in the second with three scores in nearly a three-minute span.

"They were spectators more than they were playing in the game," Love said about his team. "They watched West Fargo just out-skate them all night long."

Seven different Packers were credited with goals on Friday while the referees, who award goals and assists, only dished out two helpers all night.

ADVERTISEMENT

"West Fargo being a new team in the league, it's tough when you haven't played a team before because you don't really know what to expect," Love said.

Dickinson will return to action today, hosting Fargo South at 4:30 p.m.

Fargo South has traditionally struggled at the Dickinson Recreation Center so the Midgets will have a shot at snapping their five-game winless streak, Love said.

"The biggest thing is the girls really need to start believing they can win," Love said. "South doesn't give up a lot of goals. We're going to have to match their intensity."

What To Read Next
Local Non-Profit organizations set to receive critical financial support for programs and services
“Why would we create new major programs, when we can’t even fund the programs that we have?” a public education lobbyist said in opposition to Noem's three-year, $15 million proposal.
An investigation found that students used racial slurs and actions toward minority basketball players from Bismarck High School.
Members Only
Morton County State's Attorney Allen Koppy proposes plea deal in negligent homicide case that could see accused avoid jail and criminal record