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DHS girls hockey can't crack Blue Jays goalie

Erin Anderson would not break. The Dickinson High girls hockey team fired 16 shots on net in the first 17 minutes, but none got by the Jamestown senior goaltender. Thirteen more pucks came her way in the second period, but still, she stayed solid...

Jamestown senior goaltender Erin Anderson prepares to make one of her 36 saves against Dickinson on Saturday, Jan. 5. at the West River Ice Center. (Shelby Reardon / The DIckinson Press)
Jamestown senior goaltender Erin Anderson prepares to make one of her 36 saves against Dickinson on Saturday, Jan. 5. at the West River Ice Center. (Shelby Reardon / The DIckinson Press)

Erin Anderson would not break.

The Dickinson High girls hockey team fired 16 shots on net in the first 17 minutes, but none got by the Jamestown senior goaltender. Thirteen more pucks came her way in the second period, but still, she stayed solid.

Recording her first shutout of the year, Anderson stopped 36 shots, helping her team to a 3-0 victory on Saturday, Jan. 5, at the West River Ice Center.

"Erin was awesome. She made a lot of big saves for us," Jamestown head coach Andy Fitzgerald said. "I believe that was her first career shutout. She totally earned that one and played an awesome game for us."

In front of Anderson, the Jamestown defenders was everywhere, stalling pushes into the zone, blocking shots and deflecting passes in front of the net.

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The Dickinson offense created plenty of chances though, it just couldn't finish off rebounds or put away the best chances.

Midgets junior defender Taia Klaman, who leads the league with 14 goals, frequently uses her speed to go out on breakaways, but was limited to a single one-on-one chance against the Blue Jays. Her other chances came under pressure and her shots were deflected or hit the boards wide of the net.

"For sure it was frustrating. We were getting good shots, lots of rebounds, we just couldn't get it past her," Dickinson head coach Al Takle said. "I look at our overall game, we did pretty well. We're thin, we don't have a lot of players, we lost a couple during the game today. ... That hurt us."

While the game wasn't the most physical, multiple Midgets were injured during the contest, including sophomore forward Audrey Nadvornik, who after crashing into the boards, was carried off the ice in a stretcher.

Not long after play resumed, the Blue Jays (4-6-1, 3-4 ND) netted their second goal, a beauty from junior defender Abby Grounds. Dickinson (3-6, 3-5 ND) senior goalie Baylee Kram was completely fooled as Grounds shot stick side, Kram pushed left, reaching up with her glove.

The first score came just 47 seconds into the contest as senior forward Mary Belzer beat Kram with a helper from eighth-grader Alexis Kirkeby.

The Blue Jays put up 23 shots, and nearly every shot induced terror in Midgets fans as they came from close range and sent Kram scrambling. At one point, the Dickinson goalie even lost her stick. Team captain Kamryn Kuntz passed the netminder her stick before eventually swapping back when the puck left the Dickinson zone.

Midgets top-line forwards Kamryn and Kennedy Kuntz both had a healthy helping of looks at the net, but just as often, the seniors were held up by a defender before even firing towards the crease.

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"They definitely had a closer gap between their best and last player, which is something we've been working on this season because we've had so many new girls move up" Kamryn Kuntz said. "They worked hard from start to finish and that's it, I guess."

The Midgets offense, which took nearly a period to get back into rhythm following a long holiday break, was aided by eight Jamestown penalties. However, the Midgets made it a habit to send someone to the box shortly after the Blue Jays did, so some of the player-up scenarios didn't last long.

Dickinson had an early power play opportunity, but just 14 seconds into it, freshman defender Jenna Moormann was whistled for tripping, turning the power play into nearly two minutes of 4-on-4 hockey. In the final minutes of the opening period, Dickinson played nearly a minute of 5-on-3 hockey before ending the frame with a 5-on-4 advantage. Still, the Midgets couldn't score as the Blue Jays penalty kill was perfect on the day.

"Something we've been focusing on is cleaning up our play in our defensive zone," Fitzgerald said. "I still think we gave up too many shots, but a lot of those came on the power play. I think, when we were five-on-five, we did a good job of clearing pucks and finding our forwards on the breakout."

Jamestown 3, Dickinson 0

J 1 0 2 - 3

D 0 0 0 - 0

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Mary Belzer (Alexis Kirkeby), :47.

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SECOND PERIOD: No scoring.

THIRD PERIOD: 2, Abby Grounds (Ella Roaldson), 2:56. 3, Roaldson (Grounds), 16:08.

SAVES: J, Erin Anderson 16-13-7-36. D, Baylee Kram 6-7-7-20.

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