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Fargo Davies dominates Dickinson in quarterfinal round at state tournament

FARGO -- When the Dickinson High girls hockey team faced Fargo Davies on Feb. 9 in a regular-season contest, the Midgets allowed five goals, but competed with the Eagles.

FARGO - When the Dickinson High girls hockey team faced Fargo Davies on Feb. 9 in a regular-season contest, the Midgets allowed five goals, but competed with the Eagles.

In the quarterfinal round of the state tournament, the teams met again, and while the score was similar, the game was not, as No. 3 Fargo Davies blew by Dickinson 5-1 on Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Farmers Union Insurance Center at Scheels Arena.

"We really got overwhelmed in this game," Dickinson head coach Al Takle said. "They just came at us in waves and we weren't able to really get much offense created. Then we got ourselves into some penalty issues, and once that started to happen, we had a hard time getting out of it."

No. 6 Dickinson committed seven penalties and gave up two power-play goals, including the first goal scored by junior defender Paige Hanson with a minute and 28 seconds left in the first period.

The Midgets had a strong chance to tie it at the 7:25 mark of the second period, as a lengthy 5-on-3 advantage began, but couldn't create any opportunities.

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The Eagles were sent to the box eight times, giving the Midgets had more than nine minutes of power-play action over the whole game.

Shortly after returning to full strength, Fargo Davies sophomore defender Maddy Green put the Eagles up 2-0. Before the end of the second, a pair of goals from sophomore attacker Josie Froslie doubled the advantage to 4-0.

While Dickinson senior netminder Baylee Kram saw five pucks go by, she kept the vast majority in front of her, making 59 saves.

"A regular goalie, we would have been buried a long time," Takle said. "She not only made a quantity of saves, but made a ton of really good saves. The Davies team, like I said, they were coming at us in waves and they have some really good shooters and she really stood up for us."

The Midgets put up 10 shots against Eagles sophomore goaltender Kennedy Cook.

Finally, one broke through. Ten seconds after Fargo Davies freshman forward Taylor Klassen was whistled for slashing, the state's top scorer took advantage.

With assists from senior forward Kennedy Kuntz and junior forward Ali Lafond, junior defender Taia Klaman put the Midgets on the board at the 9:58 mark in the final period.

"When she would get the puck, everybody on their bench was yelling, 'attack.' They knew who she was and they weren't going to let her skate uncontested down the rink," Takle said. "When she did score, it was an opportunity where she was open at the point when we finally had some offensive-zone time, and scored from up on top."

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The loss pits Dickinson against No. 7 Minot in the consolation bracket on Friday, at 7:15 p.m. CT. The Midgets have defeated the Majettes 4-0 and 2-1 this year, but that doesn't mean the third meeting will be easy.

"I wouldn't say we're pretty confident," Takle said. "I would say we feel like we have a good opportunity, but they're a team that's our same kind of level. They don't like getting beat by us, so they're going to come ready to play."

No. 3 Fargo Davies 5, No. 6 Dickinson 1

FD 1 3 1 - 5

D 0 0 1 - 1

FIRST PERIOD: 1, FD, Paige Hanson (Faith Morris, Olivia Opheim), PP, 15:32.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, FD, Maddy Green (Lauren Hanson), 9:50. 3, FD, Josie Froslie (Katie Matter), 13:54. 4, FD, Froslie (Sasha Durand, Matter), PP, 16:20.

THIRD PERIOD: 5, FD, Morris (Alexis Sampson), 2:09. 1, D, Taia Klaman (Kennedy Kuntz, Ali Lafond), PP, 9:58.

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SAVES: FD, Kennedy Cook 1-5-3-9. D, Baylee Kram 22-19-18-59.

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