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Midgets batter Braves with seven goals

Rapidly approaching the crease with the puck on the end of his stick, Dickinson junior defender Brayden Urlacher was checked by Mandan sophomore defender Coy Berreth.

Dickinson junior defender Peyton Hanson moves the puck up ice on a breakaway against Mandan on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at the West River Ice Center. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson junior defender Peyton Hanson moves the puck up ice on a breakaway against Mandan on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at the West River Ice Center. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

Rapidly approaching the crease with the puck on the end of his stick, Dickinson junior defender Brayden Urlacher was checked by Mandan sophomore defender Coy Berreth.

While falling, Urlacher did everything he could to put the puck on net. In dazzling fashion, his last-ditch chip cleared the diving goaltender and soared into the net as he hit the ice.

The crowd-raising goal was his second and the third in a span of a minute and 23 seconds during the first period for the Midgets, who defeated the Braves 7-1 on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at the West River Ice Center.

"I just kind of saw the puck sitting there and the goalie on the complete opposite side of the net," Urlacher said. "I took a shot and I think that's what we need to do, just take shots and that's where our scoring comes from."

After Mandan scored 39 seconds into the game, Urlacher put the Midgets on the board just past the four minute mark. Forty-five seconds later, junior forward Joseph Pavek beat Braves goaltender Maysion Mattern with an assist from freshman forward Evan Groll.

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Urlacher finished with two goals and an assist, while junior defender Jaren Hugelen, senior forward Ryan Bren, Groll and Pavek each added a goal and assist.

"I think the boys are hunting," Dickinson head coach Dallas Kuntz said. "Forwards on the forecheck, we preach that 'F1' and 'F2' need to take the body and put a lot of pressure on their (defense) and they did that tonight and it obviously showed tonight."

While the Midgets were silenced for the first 13 minutes of the second, they struck three more times in a matter of three minutes.

First, senior forward Ryan Bren scored a short-handed goal. Urlacher brought the puck into the zone and with a defender shadowing him, his late backhanded attempt was weak. The junior defender collected the puck, swung around the back of the net and passed in front where Bren won the puck battle and put it over Mattern's right shoulder.

Three minutes later, junior defender Peyton Hanson marched into the Braves territory in a one-on-one situation. Mattern blocked the stick-side shot, but sophomore forward Landon Aman put away the rebound for the Midgets (6-2, 4-2 WDA) sixth score of the game.

Between those scores, Hugelen fired one by Mattern with assists coming from Bren and senior forward Tanner Giese.

On nearly every shot, of which there were 36, at least one other player was in front of the net, waiting for the rebound or a pass in front.

"It's not always a pretty goal that wins the game," Kuntz said. "Our team, just the way that we're built, we're a scrappy team and it's going to be the second, third and even fourth opportunity that we're going to score on. If we're not getting to the net for those rebounds, we don't put seven goals up on the board. It's something we work on in practice, we've been preaching it and it's good to see it come to fruition tonight."

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After serving a five-minute major for checking from behind, Pavek assisted on the final goal of the game as Groll got by goalie Jordon Arenz, who saved the other five shots he saw in the final frame.

The Braves' (3-4, 2-4 WDA) only goal came from senior forward Jackson Zittleman with the helpers going to sophomore forward Drew Condon and junior defender Sam Peterson. Other than that, Midgets senior goalie Riley Wittenberg made 10 stops.

"We scored on the first shift, and then Dickinson came out more," Mandan head coach Leif Mattson said. "They're a good team and they have a lot of fire power."

Dickinson 7, Mandan 1

M 1 0 0 - 1

D 3 3 1 - 7

FIRST PERIOD: 1, M, Jackson Zittleman (Drew Condon, Sam Peterson), 0:39. 1, D, Brayden Urlacher, 4:06. 2, D, Joseph Pavek (Evan Groll), 4:51. 3, D, Urlacher (Jaren Hugelen), 5:29.

SECOND PERIOD: 4, D, Ryan Bren (Urlacher), 12:48, SH. 5, D, Hugelen (Bren, Tanner Giese), 14:54. 6, Landon Aman (Peyton Hanson), 15:58.

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THIRD PERIOD: 7, D, Groll (Pavek), 4:16.

SAVES: M, Maysion Mattern 15-9-24; Jordon Arenz 5. D, Riley Wittenberg 4-3-3-10.

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