Bismarck shuts out Dickinson in tournament opener
WEST FARGO -- Bismarck, the top-seeded team at the North Dakota girls hockey state tournament, played the part Thursday in the quarterfinals. The Blizzard posted a 13-0 win against Dickinson at Veterans Memorial Arena. Bismarck advances to play N...
WEST FARGO - Bismarck, the top-seeded team at the North Dakota girls hockey state tournament, played the part Thursday in the quarterfinals.
The Blizzard posted a 13-0 win against Dickinson at Veterans Memorial Arena.
Bismarck advances to play No. 4-seeded Fargo North-South at 11 a.m. Friday in the semifinals at Scheels Arena.
Bismarck led 3-0 after the first period getting goals from freshman Britta Curl and seniors Mikala Montgomery and Lauren Bischof, but it was the second period when the Blizzard were at their best.
Bismarck scored seven goals in the second period, three of which came on the power play. The Blizzard scored a total of five power plays goals in the game.
“It is all about establishing control of the puck early on the power play and not wasting time,” Bismarck head coach Tim Meyer said. “Those are the little things that make the difference this time of the year.”
Curl, who entered the state tournament with 47 points (32 goals and 15 assists), finished the game with two goals and three assists.
Senior forward Jessie Binstock and junior forward Alexis Neas each scored two goals for the Blizzard. Bismarck remains undefeated against North Dakota opponents this season.
“It was certainly a tough draw,” Dickinson head coach Al Takle said. “We knew that coming in, but we were only down 3-0 after the first period and I’m really proud of the way we played during that stretch. The girls gave a good effort. Bismarck is a team that goes four lines deep and they are all good.”
Dickinson senior goalie Kelsey Gillen had 30 saves to lead the Midgets (6-15-0).
The Midgets play Minot at 4:30 p.m. today in the consolation semifinals.
Junior Jordan Picard stopped all six shots she faced in net to post the shutout for the Blizzard.
Dickinson 0 0 0 – 0
Bismarck 3 7 3 – 13
FIRST PERIOD: 1, B, Britta Curl (Lauren Bischof) 5:42. 2, B, Mikala Montgomery (Kaitlyn Page), 9:38. 3, B, Bischof (Curl, Sage Barta), 16:40.
SECOND PERIOD: 4, B, Felicity Blair (Alysha Hasche, Lara Wentz), 2:40. 5, B, Anne Dickson (Jessie Binstock), 3:40. 6, B, Page (McKenzie Carlson, Taya Olson), 6:06. 7, B, Binstock (unassisted), 8:15. 8, B, Curl (Binstock, Dickson), 11:30. 9, B, Alexis Neas (unassisted), 12:44. 10, B, Barta (Curl), 14:46.
THIRD PERIOD: 11, B, Neas (Olson, Curl), :40. 12, B, Binstock (Dickson), 6:30. 13, B, Wentz (Olson), 16:57.
SAVES: D, Kelsey Gillen 10-14-6–30. B, Jordan Picard 2-1-3–6.