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Dickinson, Grand Forks exchange hat tricks as Knightriders romp Midgets

Taia Klaman clearly has a signature move. Less than a minute into the second period of the Dickinson High girls hockey team's game against Grand Forks, the junior defender collected the puck inside her own blue line. She pushed up the boards and ...

Dickinson High junior defender Taia Klaman moves the puck into Grand Forks territory while Knightriders senior forward Abby Schauer pursues on Friday, Dec. 7 at the West River Ice Center. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson High junior defender Taia Klaman moves the puck into Grand Forks territory while Knightriders senior forward Abby Schauer pursues on Friday, Dec. 7 at the West River Ice Center. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

Taia Klaman clearly has a signature move.

Less than a minute into the second period of the Dickinson High girls hockey team's game against Grand Forks, the junior defender collected the puck inside her own blue line.

She pushed up the boards and past the defenders. With a few strides between her and the goal line, she swooped left and fired stick side, too fast for Knightrider goaltender Emilee Ziegler.

Minutes later, she pulled the same stunt off a won faceoff by senior forward Kennedy Kuntz, bringing the Midgets within one, 3-2.

Capping off the hat trick in the final frame, Klaman was the only Midget to find net as they fell to Grand Forks 6-3 on Friday, Dec. 7 at the West River Ice Center.

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"Whenever you're on a breakaway, you want to take the puck wide and take it along the boards," Klaman explained. "Once you build up the speed, you get past the defenders and it's just you and the goalie."

The Knightriders had a sharp shooter of their own in senior forward Abby Schauer, who opened the scoring a minute and 10 seconds into the game.

After assisting on a goal from sophomore forward Shaley Richards, Schauer struck again near the end of the first period, putting the Knightriders up 3-0 at the intermission.

Like Klaman, she completed her hat trick in the final 17 minutes, pushing the puck by Midgets senior goalie Baylee Kram.

"They kind of run an offense like a basketball team does and they're good at it, but we don't care too much if they're passing the puck around the outside," Dickinson head coach Al Takle said. "It looks pretty but it doesn't too much. (Schauer) was just too much for us. We weren't able to stop her, especially right off the bat. ... She's the real deal. She's a good player."

Kram made 28 saves and kept her head on straight. After allowing two goals in 20 seconds in the third period, she dazzled the crowd with a lunging glove save that left her beaming.

"We rely on her alot," Takle said. "We were running three (defenders) today, which is just ridiculous. Those girls are tired. We rely on Baylee to backstop us. Other than (Schauer), we did that."

On the other end of the net, there were plenty of chances, as the Midgets put up 19 shots on goal.

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In the early goings, there were a few near misses. Five minutes in, Kuntz barreled into the zone whipped a shot in the direction of the net, but it went wide. Ten minutes later, sister and linemate Kamryn Kuntz banged a shot of the boards behind the goal, caught up with her own rebound and passed it to Grace Kraiter in front, but the senior forward couldn't get a shot off.

Sophomore defender Madison McChesney closed into Grand Forks territory as the clock hit 1:00 in the first period, but a final-second poke check from Ziegler deterred her efforts.

"I thought we were getting some opportunities, getting some shots on net," Takle said. "We weren't getting those second and third opportunities. I thought their goalie was giving us some opportunities and we just weren't there to capitalize."

The Midgets (1-4) have little time to analyze what went wrong, let alone catch their breath as they face Devils Lake on Saturday at home at 1 p.m. According to Klaman, her team will have to come out stronger than it did against Grand Forks (4-1).

"Honestly, we could have played with them better, we just kind of started out slow," Klaman said. "Once we picked it up a little bit, we started to play better and work better. They had some good plays and some nice rushes in front of the net. They had people there and we had to get on them and get them out."

Grand Forks 6, Dickinson 3

GF 3 1 2 - 6

D 0 2 0 - 3

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FIRST PERIOD: 1, GF, Abby Schauer, 1:10. 2, GF, Shaley Richards (Schauer), 4:33. 3, GF, Schauer, 13:54.

SECOND PERIOD: 1, D, Taia Klaman, 0:52. 2, D, Klaman (Kamryn Kuntz), 9:09. 4, GF, Morgan Stenseth (Kyle Autrey, Emily Benson), 12:06.

THIRD PERIOD: 5, GF, Schauer (Richards), 4:00. 6, GF, Hannah Gray (Katelin Petersen), 4:20. 3, D, Klaman, 10:51.

SAVES: GF, Emilee Ziegler 7-5-4 - 16. D, Baylee Kram 5-10-13 - 28.

Dickinson High senior Kamryn Kuntz looks for an angle to shoot or pass during a contest against Grand Forks on Friday, Dec. 7 at the West River Ice Center. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson High senior Kamryn Kuntz looks for an angle to shoot or pass during a contest against Grand Forks on Friday, Dec. 7 at the West River Ice Center. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

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