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Dickinson High girls hockey withstands pressure for win

After Dickinson High's Taia Klaman scored her second goal of Saturday's game in the third period, her face showed nothing but pure relief. Her team surrounded her in celebration.After DHS and Devils Lake scored two goals each over a span of 2 min...

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Dickinson High players celebrate after a Midgets goal Saturday at West River Ice Center. (Press Photo by Colton Pool)

After Dickinson High’s Taia Klaman scored her second goal of Saturday’s game in the third period, her face showed nothing but pure relief. Her team surrounded her in celebration.
After DHS and Devils Lake scored two goals each over a span of 2 minutes, 10 seconds, the Midgets scored three goals in the final period for their first win of the season 5-3 at West River Ice Center.
Those five goals were more than Dickinson scored in the last five games.
“It’s always more fun to win,” DHS head coach Al Takle said. “We matched up pretty well, and we were able to take advantage of our opportunities that we had. We found some line combinations that worked for us and got the puck at the net.”
The game was back and forth from the very beginning, as neither team controlled the puck very long, nor got much offense going, as the Midgets and Firebirds combined for 13 total shots on goal.
“We were nervous and we just really wanted to one-up them,” said Kira Zastoupil, who scored two goals, including the final score of the game to seal the win with less than 10 minutes remaining. “That’s what I think we wanted to do going into the second and third (periods).”
The game would appear to continue as scoreless after Dickinson goalie Grace Kraiter made a lightning-quick glove-hand save about seven minutes into the second period and Devils Lake goalie Molly Black made an equally nice save on Dickinson’s ensuing attack. Kraiter finished with 22 total saves while Black tallied a game-high 27.

But that’s when both teams started netting their shots.
Eighth-grader Taia Klaman took an assist from senior Hallie Hoffer and cranked a slap shot into the top shelf of the Devils Lake net to give Dickinson the first lead.
“I think we out-chanced them,” Firebirds head coach Rob McIvor said. “We just have to focus on finishing, getting the puck in the net and getting ahead of people instead of playing from behind all the time.”
But Devils Lake eighth-grader Calli Forsberg followed up not long after as she took a rebound from a shot deflected by Kraiter and scooted it into the net.
And on the following faceoff at center ice, Forsberg secured the puck and took off into Dickinson’s zone for a wrist shot at Kraiter’s glove side, and it was too fast to catch up.
“We have a lot more speed this year than we did last year,” McIvor said. “We needed to use our speed, get behind them and get the puck in the net.”
However, Dickinson then took a faceoff and blitzed the offensive zone, which translated into a Zastoupil goal off an assist from Kennedy Kuntz.
Zastoupil almost scored the next goal early in the third period when she skated around the Devils Lake net and took a shot at Black’s right side. It was deflected, but Kuntz quickly took another shot and scored on the open left side to give DHS a 3-2 lead.
On Dickinson’s next goal, Kuntz assisted Klaman, who drove down with the puck on a fast break and got a powerful shot past Black’s glove hand.
Just 7 seconds later, Forsberg furiously replied with an aggressive charge at the net to cut the lead to 4-2.
But Kraiter wouldn’t give up another goal in the third period and recorded her best - and most important - period of the game with nine saves in the third.
“As the game went on, we were able to control the puck,” Takle said. “That’s what we talk about all the time: controlling the puck in their offensive end. We were cycling it and making opportunities for ourselves.”
Dickinson’s next game comes against Sidney (Mont.) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at home.
“This season is going to be interesting,” Zastoupil said. “It’s the games like these that really give us the confidence boost and make us go out there, work hard again and score some more goals.”

DL 0 2 1 - 3
D 0 2 3 - 5
FIRST PERIOD: No scoring.
SECOND PERIOD: 1, D, Taia Klaman (Hallie Hoffer), 7:44. 2, DL, Calli Forsberg (Madelyn Longtin, Niki Martin), 9:18. 3, DL, Forsberg, 9:41. 4, D, Kira Zastoupil (Kennedy Kuntz), 9:54.
THIRD PERIOD: 5, D, Kuntz (Zastoupil), 1:53. 6, D, Klaman (Kuntz), 4:21. 7, DL, Forsberg, 4:28. 8, D, Zastoupil (Hoffer), 8:06 (pp).
SAVES: DL, Molly Black 9-10-8-27. D, Grace Kraiter 5-8-9-22.

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