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Midgets open season with win over Williston

WILLISTON -- With a second left on the clock, Dickinson High senior forward Brayden Groll completed his hat trick. His three goals, two of which came in the final frame, contributed to the Midgets' 5-1 season-opening victory over Williston on Tue...

WILLISTON - With a second left on the clock, Dickinson High senior forward Brayden Groll completed his hat trick. His three goals, two of which came in the final frame, contributed to the Midgets' 5-1 season-opening victory over Williston on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Groll netted his first goal with 27 seconds left in the second period, putting the Midgets up 3-1. His next goal, which was unassisted, came with two minutes left in the contest. Junior forward Joseph Pavek had helpers on Groll's first and third goals, while freshman forward Evan Groll had the secondary assist on the last one.

The younger Groll struck first for Dickinson with an unassisted score less than two minutes into the game.

Williston answered two minutes later with a goal from Chris Sathe. Not long after that, senior Cody Shepard netted the go-ahead goal, assisted by senior Ryan Bren.

Coyotes goaltender Jay Lambert stopped 38 shots, while Midgets senior netminder Jarin Naab stopped 15.

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"Naab started in net for us tonight," head coach Dallas Kuntz said via text. "Didn't see a ton of shots, but he made some big (saves) when we needed him most. Williston is a young, skilled team that's only going to get better as (the) season goes on. We played with a lot of energy and found the back of the net. (We) need to create more quality scoring chances moving forward."

Dickinson 5, Williston 1

D 0 3 2 - 5

W 0 1 0 - 1

FIRST PERIOD: No scoring.

SECOND PERIOD: 1, D, Evan Groll, 15:31. 1, W, Chris Sathe (Kyle Mischke), 13:13. 2, D, Cody Shepard (Ryan Bren), 11:55. 3, D, Brayden Groll (Joseph Pavek), 0:27.

THIRD PERIOD: 4, D, Groll, 1:58. 5, D, Groll (J. Pavek, E. Groll), 0:01.

SAVES: D, Jarin Naab 5-7-3 - 15. W, Jay Lambert 13-9-16 - 38.

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