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Midgets unable to rise past Blue Jays

The score line tells a story of a one sided affair, but Dickinson girl’s hockey team tenacity was an act in itself in the overwhelming defeat against Jamestown Saturday afternoon.

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Dickinson is only able to get two shots past Jamestown's goalie despite having 17 shots on target. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)
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The final score would be 7-2 with the majority of the Blue Jays’ goals coming in the second period in rapid succession.

Jamestown had five goal scorers, Ellie Krueger, who took home a hat-trick, Hannah Soulis, Alexis Kirkeby, Savannah Potratz and Bernadette Belzer. Dickinson's two goals came from winger Shay Finneman and center Sierra Raatz.

Head coach Lance Knudson said his team put in a good effort and it was not their best or worst game this season.

The first period ended with a deadlock with each team obtaining a goal apiece. The Blue Jays struck first just after the first two minutes at 14:49. It came from their pacy left winger Krueger.

Two minutes later the Midgets would tie it back up with Finneman scoring at 12:40. Between the pipes was Tierney Yoder who stopped eight shots on goal in the first period.

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Shay Finneman scored in the first period to tie up the game against Jamestown on Jan.8 (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

Unfortunately for the home team, the shots would keep on coming in the second period, four of which would find the net. Three of the goals would come in quick succession of one another starting.

“The second period we had low energy and not the best attitude and they scored their three goals in three minutes and added another one at the end of the period,” Knudson said. “They (Jamestown) got a few players that can move pretty well … and that is something that we have struggled with in the past.”

At the start of the third period, Dickinson would come away with another goal, but it would not be enough to rally as they would be scored on twice more. The final goal would complete Krueger’s hat-trick at 6:23 from a four-on-three situation with both wingers in the penalty box.

“They were moving faster than us at times and as a result we took penalties,” Knudson said. “It wasn’t that we were taking frustrated slashing penalties or anything like that.”

In total, Yoder saved 23 of 30 shots. As a team the Midgets had 17.

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Tierney Yoder takes a puck in the shoulder as she defends her net from an incoming shot from the left side winger. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

Dickinson will have to move forward from the defeat as their schedule will become hectic with three games to play next week starting Tuesday against Mandan at home.

“We are going to be able to change some things up. We have some girls coming back from injuries and will be able to roll three lines and that is something that we haven't been able to do,” Knudson said. “We have four games in a span of eight days so having more depth will be good for us.”

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Center Sierra Raatz is in position for Dickinson's offensive zone faceoff in the second period against Jamestown on Jan.8 (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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