Dickinson High Midgets girls hockey shuts out Jamestown Blue Jays
Dickinson High's first goal of the game might have been a little lucky, but the Midgets proved they didn't need luck for the rest of the way.Dickinson took 50 shots on goal to Jamestown's 14 en route to a 4-0 West Region victory Saturday at the W...
Dickinson High’s first goal of the game might have been a little lucky, but the Midgets proved they didn’t need luck for the rest of the way.
Dickinson took 50 shots on goal to Jamestown’s 14 en route to a 4-0 West Region victory Saturday at the West River Ice Center.
“We’ve been up in other games this year and kind of fell apart afterwards,” Dickinson head coach Al Takle said. “But we just kept playing, kept doing the same thing, kept getting the puck deep into their zone, controlling it, passing it around and getting good shots.”
Dickinson goalie Baylee Kram, while only faced with 14 shots on goal, was tested with difficult - though limited - shot attempts, all of which she stopped.
Kram, a freshman, said it was her first shutout of the season.
“It’s always great to have a win,” Kram said. “It’s always better to have more defense. We just wanted to play hard and bring home a win. It was a really aggressive game, but we played hard and came out on top.”
What made the difference, Takle said, was to keep control of the puck in Dickinson’s offensive zone.
“We were passing well and getting good shots in good spots,” Takle said. “That’s how you win hockey games. That’s what I was harping on before the game was get control of the puck, keep control of it down on their end and good things will happen for us.
“You don’t have to work so hard when you’re down in the offensive zone.”
On the first goal, junior Paige Schweitzer took a shot from just inside the blue line. It appeared Jamestown freshman goalie Erin Anderson had stopped it with her leg pads, but the puck rolled right in between and had just enough momentum to cross the line for a goal.
Schweitzer later assisted freshman forward Kyra Petersen on a goal 10:43 into the second period to push Dickinson’s lead to 2-0.
“We came out flat in the first period,” Blue Jays head coach Shaulee Iverson said. “We’ve been hanging our heads a lot, so after we realized we could compete, we came back in the second and third periods and battled back a little bit, but just not hard enough.”
Dickinson took 50 shots on goal for the game, 21 of those coming in the third period.
Anderson let two of those third period shots slip. The first was a quick shot from senior forward Kira Zastoupil off an assist from Hallie Hoffer. That gave Dickinson (2-7, 2-6 West Region) a 3-0 lead.
The other goal was an unassisted score from freshman Kennedy Kuntz, who scored with just 26 seconds remaining in the game.
“It’s always the best feeling to stop all the pucks and do your job,” Kram said. “It’s always better when you have a defense because then you play more as a team and it’s not all on you, so it just works out better.”
The Midgets benefited from what appeared to be coherent lines Saturday, a product of having all players available at practice for the first time all season on Friday, Takle said.
“It just makes a huge difference. We were able to do a complete game,” Takle said. “Our third period was as good as our first period, and that’s where we’ve been dying lately.”
And Dickinson played aggressive at just about all times, Takle said, which showed when Jamestown had a five-on-three advantage near the end of the third period, but the Blue Jays (1-10-1, 0-9) couldn’t get the puck very far into Dickinson’s zone before being met by a defender.
“You have to play smart when you’re there. You have to be aggressive, but you have to pick your battles because if you’re too aggressive you’ll end up out of the play,” Takle said. “Then they’ll be standing in front of your goalie with no one else in front. We did a good job of playing smart and within in our plan.”
Dickinson’s next game comes against Mandan (7-4, 6-2) at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the WRIC.
“The key thing is we’ve got to play smart and get the puck deep into their zone,” Takle said. “We did that well today. If we do that against Mandan, good things will happen for us.”
J 0 0 0 - 0
D 1 1 2 - 4
FIRST PERIOD: 1, D, Paige Schweitzer, 6:23.
SECOND PERIOD: 2, D, Kyra Peterson (Schweitzer), 10:43.
THIRD PERIOD: 3, D, Kira Zastoupil, (Hallie Hoffer), 4:02. 4, D, Kennedy Kuntz, 16:34.
SAVES: J, Erin Anderson 18-9-19-46. D, Baylee Kram 4-4-6-14.