Midgets win big, blank Beulah/Hazen
Dickinson High goalie Gabe Vaagen was the loneliest man in town Friday night. The senior watched on, rather idly, as the Midget attack put seven, four and two goals past Beulah-Hazen (0-10) in each respective period, the end result being an easy ...
Dickinson High goalie Gabe Vaagen was the loneliest man in town Friday night.
The senior watched on, rather idly, as the Midget attack put seven, four and two goals past Beulah-Hazen (0-10) in each respective period, the end result being an easy 13-0 victory at the West River Ice Center.
The shot discrepancy was 44-4 after two periods, and 55-7 when the final horn sounded.
"I wouldn't feel too bad for him, I think he was fine with it," said Dickinson High forward Jerzy Martin with a laugh. "He loves that type of night."
In the first two minutes of the game, there was still no score, but the Midgets had already peppered North Star goalie Evan Eliason with seven shots.
For head coach Dallas Kuntz, that first burst of energy was when he realized Friday night might be a good one for the Midget attack.
"I think maybe a minute in, I looked and we had three or four shots already," he said. "We've been moving the puck well the last month or so, so I fully expected us to put the puck in the net. We've been doing well with that in practice, and for us to be able to explode tonight was a good thing for our team."
The scoring party for Dickinson (5-3-1) officially got underway on its eighth shot of the game, 2:04 into the game on an innocent slap shot from the left wing by Ryan Bren.
By the standard of flow of this game, the Midgets had to wait an eternity - five minutes - for the next one, a poke-in shot in front of the net by Dylan Pokorny, then a few minutes later, starting at the 10:19 mark and ending a minute and a half later, the Midgets scored four more times.
Another one a few minutes later ended the first period scoring, and with two thirds of the game still to go, the rest became a formality.
Martin finished with a team-high four scores; two in the first and two in the second, plus an assist on the first goal of the game. Bren was the only other multiple goal scorer with two, while Pokorny, Tyler Kostelecky, Tanner Giese, Cody Shepard, Mike Herauf, Logan Karsky and Dawson Kram all added one.
"As soon as the puck dropped I felt good about how fast we were moving," Martin said. "When everyone's going through the line and scoring, it's a lot fun. It's good when everyone gets their opportunity."
The win for the Midgets comes after a sizable loss of their own on Tuesday against Bismarck High, an 8-0 final.
Kuntz said entering the night against the North Stars, his team was itching for a big win.
"Just a few days ago we got spanked by Bismarck, so I think there was maybe a little bit of frustration in the locker room," he said. "I think the guys were eager to come out and play today."
Dickinson 13, Beulah-Hazen 0
DHS 7 4 2 - 13
BH 0 0 0 - x
FIRST PERIOD: 1, DHS, Ryan Bren (Jerzy Martin), 2:04. 2, DHS, Dylan Pokorny (Tanner Giese, Joseph Pavek), 7:56. 3, DHS, Martin (Bren), 10:19. 4, DHS, Martin (Michael Herauf), 10:37. 5, DHS, Tyler Kostelecky (Brayden Groll), 11:19. 6, DHS, Giese (Chris Zubke), 11:58. 7, DHS, Cody Shepard (Dawson Kram, Peter Pavek), 13:07.
SECOND PERIOD: 1, DHS, Martin, 8:55. 2, DHS, Herauf, 9:22. 3, DHS, Martin, 10:23. 4, DHS, Logan Karsky (Pokorny), 11:25.
THIRD PERIOD: 1, DHS, Bren (Herauf), 6:08. 2, DHS, Kram (P. Pavek, Shepard), 14:20.
SAVES: DHS, Gabe Vaagen 6 saves. BH, Evan Eliason 43 saves.