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Klaman’s hat trick breaks Midgets losing streak

Scoring goals in four of her team's first five games, Dickinson High junior Taia Klaman entered the Midgets' Saturday matinee with Devils Lake on a roll.

Scoring goals in four of her team’s first five games, Dickinson High junior Taia Klaman entered the Midgets’ Saturday matinee with Devils Lake on a roll.

Just one night before, the smooth-skating defender collected three goals in a losing effort against Grand Forks. Facing the Firebirds the next day on Dec. 1, Klaman repeated her exploits, capturing her third hat trick of the season during a 4-2 victory from the West River Ice Center.

Late in the first period, Klaman gave the Midgets (2-4) a 2-0 lead in a flash. She put her team on the board with an unassisted score with four minutes and 25 seconds left in the frame. Seventy-five seconds later, Klaman tacked on a second unassisted goal past Devils Lake sophomore goaltender Molly Black.

After a scoreless second period, the Firebirds (3-3) entered the scoresheet on a power play just a minute into the third. Dickinson senior forward/defender Kennedy Kuntz was whistled for tripping as time expired in the previous frame. The Midgets’ lone penalty of the game came back to bite them when junior forward Kaylie Klemetsrud scored on the 5-on-4 advantage.

Midway through the frame, Klaman got the goal back, completing the hatty with her third unassisted goal and giving Dickinson a 3-1 cushion.

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With just over two minutes left in the game, Kuntz redeemed herself with a goal assisted by senior forward Kamryn Kuntz.

Klemetsrud closed the game with her second score of the game. Klemetsrud and Klaman each have 12 goals this season, tied for tops in the state.

Midgets senior goaltender Baylee Kram produced 16 saves for her second win for the season. Black also stopped 16 shots for a Firebirds team that won its previous three contests. With the win, Dickinson snapped a four-game losing streak.

“It was a very physical and evenly-played game,” Dickinson head coach Al Takle said via text. “Nice to get the win.”

Results SaturdayDickinson 4, Devils Lake 2DL 0 0 2 - 2D 2 0 2 - 4 FIRST PERIOD: 1, D, Taia Klaman, 12:35. 2, D, Klaman, 13:50. SECOND PERIOD: No scoring. THIRD PERIOD: 1, DL, Kaylie Klemetsrud (Vivianna Kraft), 1:14. 3, D, Klaman, 9:23. 4, D, Kennedy Kuntz (Kamryn Kuntz), 14:40. 2, DL, Klemetsrud (Hannah Barendt), 14:59. SAVES: DL, Molly Black 4-1-13-16. D, Baylee Kram 4-7-5-16.

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