Fargo storms back to defeat Midgets girls hockey
In a similar fashion to the night before, the Dickinson High girls hockey team let a competitive game slip away on Saturday afternoon. After Dickinson's Kamryn Kuntz scored 6 minutes, 33 seconds into the first period, Fargo North-South-Shanley re...
In a similar fashion to the night before, the Dickinson High girls hockey team let a competitive game slip away on Saturday afternoon.
After Dickinson's Kamryn Kuntz scored 6 minutes, 33 seconds into the first period, Fargo North-South-Shanley responded with seven unanswered goals the rest of the way to capture a 7-1 victory at the West River Ice Center.
After a Fargo (4-0) tripping penalty put the Midgets on the power play in the first period, Dickinson (0-2) quickly took advantage.
"We controlled the faceoff, got the puck to the net, and all three of our players were standing right on the doorstep," Midgets head coach Al Takle said. "That's what we've been preaching all year, but as the game went on, we weren't able to win those faceoffs and get the puck at the net."
Kennedy Kuntz, Kamryn's sister, and Paige Schweitzer assisted on the goal.
The equalizer was scored five minutes later by Fargo's Avery Myers, off an assist from her sister Graysen, and the game was tied at 1 after the first period.
"We definitely could have kept the momentum going through the game," said Kuntz, a sophomore. "With our short bench, it's tough. We could have gone a lot harder, but they're really quick skaters. We should have been there, ready to go, but we weren't."
With nine minutes to play in the second period, Fargo took a body checking penalty, but Dickinson was whistled for consecutive tripping violations by Madison McChesney and Schweitzer, giving Fargo a four-on-three advantage. Greysen Myers scored with two seconds remaining on the power play to put her team ahead for good, but the scoring didn't stop there.
Greysen assisted on Anna Erickson's goal two minutes later and scored her second goal of the game three minutes after that to build a 4-1 lead after two periods.
Fargo put together a 39-9 advantage in shots on goal, and it was maybe the most evident in the second period as the Midgets struggled to get the puck out of their own zone.
"It's always critical to possess the puck as much as possible. Time of possession in the girls game in North Dakota high schools is a pretty high commodity," said Fargo head coach Kris Dougherty. "When you have a couple forwards that can hold onto the puck but move it when they need to, it does help to have that time of possession in your favor."
Takle said Fargo took advantage of Dickinson's short bench, using a series of passes to tire out the Midgets.
It was a similar story on Friday as Dickinson let a 1-0 lead slip away against West Fargo, ultimately leading to a 5-1 loss.
"When you're short players and get stuck in your own zone, you get worn out. They did a good job of intentionally passing the puck around, making us go from side to side," Takle said. "It was very effective for them."
In the third period, Fargo put a bow on its performance with goals from Sami Trana, Avery Myers again and Tori Tatum.
Dickinson goaltender Grace Kraiter had 32 saves in the loss. Kuntz said it will be imperative going forward to help out the team's netminder.
"We just have to clear people out in front of the net and tell her she's doing good between whistles," Kuntz said. "We have to keep her head in the game, and then we're in the game."
Fargo North-South-Shanley 7, Dickinson High 1
F 1 3 3 - 7
DHS 1 0 0 - 1
FIRST PERIOD: 1, DHS, Kamryn Kuntz (Kennedy Kuntz, Paige Schweitzer), 6:33. 2, F, Avery Myers (Grayson Myers), 11:23.
SECOND PERIOD: 1, F, G. Myers (Anna Erickson, Sami Trana), 7:43. 2, F, Erickson (G. Myers), 9:12. 3, F, G. Myers (Trana, Josie Hell), 12:22.
THIRD PERIOD: 1, F, Trana, 4:39. 2, F, A. Myers (Erickson, Hannah Dorsey), 9:43. 3, F, Tori Tatum (A. Myers), 13:24.
SAVES: F, Laurn Harr 8. DHS, Grace Kraiter 32.