DHS hockey falls short against Blue Jays
Tied at one goal each after two periods, the Dickinson High boys hockey team and Jamestown knew whoever scored next would likely win. Just 93 seconds into the third period, the Blue Jays scored the go-ahead goal that would grant them the 2-1 win ...
Tied at one goal each after two periods, the Dickinson High boys hockey team and Jamestown knew whoever scored next would likely win.
Just 93 seconds into the third period, the Blue Jays scored the go-ahead goal that would grant them the 2-1 win on Saturday, Jan. 6 at the West River Ice Center.
Jamestown sophomore Tommy Falk collected the puck at the boards near the bottom of the circle and sent it towards net where senior Leo Halko was waiting with an angled stick for the tip-in.
"It was a weird hockey game," Dickinson head coach Dallas Kuntz said. "Just kind of the flow and some of the calls, but effort was there and I'm happy."
Dickinson goalie Riley Wittenberger was kept on his toes all night. He saved 24 shots, including some big ones in the closing minutes to keep the Midgets in the game.
Jamestown goalie Matt Schneider was unstoppable, other than a goal that floated past him at the hands of Midgets sophomore forward Joseph Pavek.
Dickinson outshot Jamestown 37-24, but that wasn't enough to overthrow Schneider in net.
"They have an All-State goaltender over there in Matthew Schneider," Kuntz said. "I've been playing against him for years. He doesn't let things get by. It took a fluke goal for us to even get one by him. I think the more rubber he saw, the more saves he made, his team just gained confidence."
The Midgets came out strong in the first period, putting up 18 shots to Jamestown's four.
"We came out with some good jump," Kuntz said. "We've been really struggling to start fast. Tonight we did that."
The Blue Jays took charge in the second though, pushing the pace and controlling the puck.
"I thought we made a little bit better decision with the puck when we got it on our stick," Jamestown head coach Matt Stockert said of the second period. "I thought we forechecked real smart today and we didn't over forecheck or have too many bodies too low and too deep."
Dickinson found a way to keep the Blue Jays at bay: icing the puck repeatedly, it almost worked.
After more than five icing whistles, the Blue Jays were more cautious with keeping the puck. Jamestown senior Leo Halko worked his way in front of the net, carefully avoiding defender's sticks before sending the puck past Wittenberg to tie the game.
The Jamestown defense kept the Midgets off the board in the middle period, led by the large presence of 6-foot-5 senior Connor Fuchs.
"We try and make sure we keep everything to the outside in the defensive zone," Stockert said. "If you do a good job of that for a big percentage of the 51 minutes, I think Matt will be able to see things and make saves when he needs to."
The teams got more aggressive and chippy as the game went on, accumulating 15 penalties between the two of them, none of which resulted in a goal. Nine came in the final frame, including four penalties for roughing given after the final whistle.
"The last few years, our games against Jamestown have been battles," Kuntz said. "We return there in about 10 days and I don't think that'll be the last time we see them. I think we'll see them come tournament time. We'll use today as a stepping stone and we'll move on."
Jamestown 2, Dickinson High 1
J 0 1 1 - 2
DHS 1 0 0 - 1
FIRST PERIOD: 1, DHS, Joseph Pavek, 5:53.
SECOND PERIOD: 1, J, Leo Halko, 13:12.
THIRD PERIOD: 2, J, Cooper Allen (Tommy Falk, Corey Nelson), 1:33.
SAVES: J, Matthew Schneider 18-10-11-37. DHS, Riley Wittenberg 4-9-11-24.