Dickinson Girls Hockey fall to Devils Lake at home
DICKINSON — The Dickinson Midgets hosted the Devils Lake Firebirds on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the West River Ice Center in a 7-2 loss.
Fresh off a loss to Grand Forks the night before, Dickinson was looking for a win and would fire 24 shots on goal to the Firebirds' 29.
Devils Lake scored first at 8:17 in the first period, when Junior Ashlyn Abrahamson received a pass from her teamate Siri Olson. Abrahamson scored on the stick side.
Dickinson took only nine seconds to respond, tying things up when junior forward Jenna Decker won the face off and worked up the right side into the Firebird zone and fed the puck to Shay Finneman in front of the net for the equalizer. Finneman's finesse beat the Firebird goalie and knotting the score at one apiece.
Devils Lake regained the lead before the end of the first, with a wrist shot by Olson to take her to 1 goal and 1 assist on the night.
Dickinson let a golden opportunity slip by at the end of the first when Devils Lake scored a short-handed goal. Despite being in a powerplay situation, with a two player advantage, Olson capitalized with solid defense to steal the puck and streak down the ice to give the Firebirds a 2-point advantage and bring her to 2 goals and an assist.
The only goal scored in the second period came from Devils Lake's 7th grader Charly Black. The Midgets worked hard in the second and put a number of shots on goal, but junior goalie Mathea Olson stonewalled every Dickinson attempt. The Midgets increased pressure in the Firebird's zone, and things looked promising until the play stopped when the net was dislodged in a most inopportune time. A few plays later, Dickinson’s Decker intercepted a pass in the Devils Lake zone but was denied by the brickwall Firebird goalie.
It remained a 3-point game until a barrage of goals were scored in the final five minutes. The Firebirds scored two goals before Dickinson’s Oceanna Rice was able to find the back of the net for the Midget’s second goal on the night.
Devils Lake was then able to cap things off with a final goal of their own with 12 seconds to play.
The Dickinson girls take the ice again on Tuesday, December 13, in Bismarck against Bismarck Legacy.