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Dickinson can’t hang with Bismarck Century

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Brayden Urlacher tries to get past Bismarck Century defenders in their loss on Friday night. (Jake Wright / The Dickinson Press)

The Dickinson boys hockey team couldn’t muster enough offense in their contest vs. the Bismarck Century Patriots on Friday night. They fell 7-1.

The Midgets are still in search of their first win of the season as they dropped to 0-4 on the young season.

The Patriots put themselves in a hole at the very beginning with a slashing penalty by senior Carter Schoneberg immediately followed by a too many men on the ice penalty.

Dickinson wasn’t able to capitalize on either opportunity.

“We had some chances to come out of the gate and get a lead right away,” said Dickinson head coach Dallas Kuntz. “We have been struggling to start games on fire. I don’t know what it is, but we can’t come out with the jump that we have wanted to come out with. To not score on one of those opening power plays really deflated us.”

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Senior Joey Pavek scored the only goal of the contest for Dickinson after they trailed 3-0 entering the second period.

He scored with 5:23 left on a penalty for the Patriots. His goal was assisted by seniors Brayden Urlacher and Jaren Hugelen.

He now has six goals through four contests which leads the Midgets, while Hugelen leads the team with four assists.

Bismarck Century’s Dawson Shirley scored the first goal of the contest with 12:09 left which was assisted by Colton Schulte.

Schulte scored shortly after and junior Cru Walker put the puck in the net with 4:35 left in the first period to make the score 3-0.

Schulte connected on a pass to Shirley early in the final period to give the Patriots a 4-1 lead.

Bismarck Century added three more goals to close out the victory.

Senior goalie Zachary Sprague recorded 11 saves, while freshman Jayce Concha had nine.

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The Midgets will look for their first win of the year on Saturday night when they travel to Minot.

“The best cure for a bad game is to step right back on the ice,” said Kuntz. “I think we proved that we can skate with this team. Century is very skilled. Tomorrow is the best chance for us to go out there and prove what kind of team we are.”

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