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Kuntz sisters help Midgets past Blue Jays

In a game mostly absent of penalties and stoppages, there was no shortage of bated breath. Tied at 1-1 with Jamestown through two periods, Dickinson High's Kamryn Kuntz scored 18 seconds into the third period to break the stalemate. Much like how...

Dickinson High's Kamryn Kuntz, right, fends off Jamestown's Mackenzie Leroux along the boards on Saturday at the West River Ice Center. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson High's Kamryn Kuntz, right, fends off Jamestown's Mackenzie Leroux along the boards on Saturday at the West River Ice Center. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)

In a game mostly absent of penalties and stoppages, there was no shortage of bated breath.

Tied at 1-1 with Jamestown through two periods, Dickinson High's Kamryn Kuntz scored 18 seconds into the third period to break the stalemate.

Much like how the second period looked - with no scores but plenty of opportunities - the final 16 minutes of the final period were a grind, but Taia Klaman notched an empty-net goal from the opposite blue line to relieve the pressure and secure a 3-1 victory for the Midgets girls hockey team.

There were just six combined penalties in the game, and quite a bit of action took place in the neutral zone.

"We expended a lot of energy early in the game," head coach Al Takle said, "and I really thought halfway through the second period on, our girls really started to dig deep and find that extra gear we needed to win."

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Dickinson improved to 3-6 overall with the win, while Jamestown dropped to 2-10 and remained without a win against an in-state opponent.

The Blue Jays started the scoring with Jade Schafer's goal 12 minutes, 15 seconds into the first period.

Kennedy Kuntz, Kamryn's sister, scored the equalizer for Dickinson off an assist from Paige Schweitzer with eight seconds remaining in the opening period.

"That was huge," Takle said. "We've done that a few times this year where we're getting down but we get that goal at the end of the period. That's a big play, and it was an excellent shot by Kennedy."

The teams battled through a scoreless middle period, but the key play came with 13 seconds remaining, when Jamestown's Megan Albrecht was whistled for tripping.

The Blue Jays killed the rest of that period, but Kamryn Kuntz made Jamestown pay for the infraction soon after the third period began.

"Coach just said, 'We're on the power play, control the puck, get a couple shots off, let's control the game,'" Kamryn Kuntz said. "We took that and turned it into the energy we needed."

Schweitzer assisted on Kamryn Kuntz's goal as well; she circled around the goal a slipped a pass to to the right of the crease, where Kamryn fired past Blue Jays goalie Erin Anderson for the game-winner.

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"We both read the play really, really well," Kamryn Kuntz said. "We got it deep in the zone, (Schweitzer) saw me and I was pretty open."

From then on, it was just about protecting Baylee Kram in net, making sure Jamestown couldn't make a game of it. Kram finished with 24 saves in the win, sealed by Klaman's empty-netter with seven seconds to go.

"We dictated the play more," Takle said. "As the game kept going on, we were getting stronger, and that speaks well of our team."

Dickinson High 3, Jamestown 1

J 1 0 0 - 1

DHS 1 0 2 - 3

FIRST PERIOD: 1, J, Jade Schafer (Ella Roaldson), 12:15. 2, DHS, Kennedy Kuntz (Paige Schweitzer), 16:52.

SECOND PERIOD: No scoring.

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THIRD PERIOD: 3, DHS, Kamryn Kuntz (Schweitzer), 0:18. 4, DHS, Taia Klaman, 16:53.

SAVES: J, Erin Anderson 8-7-11-26. DHS, Baylee Kram 7-9-8-24.

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