Slipped through their fingers: Midgets drop intense contest to Mandan in overtime
Less than three minutes remaining in overtime with Dickinson and Mandan deadlocked at 2-2, one of the Midgets' best player was sent to the penalty box. Junior defender Taia Klaman, who scored earlier in the contest, was whistled for holding, prov...
Less than three minutes remaining in overtime with Dickinson and Mandan deadlocked at 2-2, one of the Midgets' best player was sent to the penalty box. Junior defender Taia Klaman, who scored earlier in the contest, was whistled for holding, providing the Braves with a late 5-on-4 advantage.
Before play resumed, Mandan head coach Steph Hoard signaled for a timeout.
"I wanted to get a shot from the point and crash the net," Hoard said. "They have a really good goalie and we needed to screen her so that she couldn't see the puck coming and maybe get a deflection. It worked out."
With 1:48 left in the extra period, Mandan senior defender Kali Berg blasted a rocket from the point, but her slap shot was stopped and covered up by Dickinson senior goaltender Baylee Kram.
Just a mere six seconds later after a faceoff, Berg received a pass from senior forward Katie Rebenitsch and delivered a shot with a lot less mustard on it. However, Kram, possibly screened by the traffic in front, was slow to react. The puck trickled through Kram's legs and into the back of the net, giving the Braves a 3-2 overtime victory on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from the West River Ice Center.
"I can't even describe it, but I screamed. I was like 'Holy...,' I was so happy," Berg said. "I was definitely surprised that it went it, but I'm confident in my ability, so I knew it would get to the net. I just knew it wasn't as strong as I would've like it."
It was the seventh time the Braves have defeated the Midgets in their last eight games.
While there was elation on one end of the ice, the home team skated into the locker rooms with a tough pill to swallow. Dickinson had more scoring chances, holding a 25-15 shots-on-goal advantage, but could not generate the offense needed for the win.
"We were a little shell-shocked the first period, we didn't come out ready to play," Midgets head coach Al Takle said. "They had a lot more speed then Williston had, but we settled down and I thought we really were taking the game to them, especially in the third period, we just couldn't get the puck to drop. ... And then we get a penalty in overtime and they converted. It wasn't the prettiest goal ever, but that's how you win those kinds of games, making sure you get good shots."
After a scoreless first period, the Midgets got on the board 21 seconds into the second when a wrist shot from senior Kamryn Kuntz whizzed by Mandan freshman goalie Ashley Sheetz on her glove side.
Mandan was quick to counter, tying the game at one a minute later when senior forward Emily Horner scored on a rebound in the front of the net. Midway through the period, the Braves took the lead on a 2-on-1 break. While holding possession, Horner was bodied off of the puck, eliminating a chance at a shot, but was strong enough to deliver a pass to Rebenitsch, who finished with a shot past Kram.
Just like it had in the previous period, Dickinson lit up the lamp just seconds into the frame. During a 4-on-4 situation, Klaman skated by a series of defenders and tied the game 22 seconds into the third.
In overtime, Klaman had a chance to put it away, replicating her goal from a period before, but her shot was saved by Sheetz. Junior Ali Lafond had an opportunity at the rebound, but her attempt bounced through the crease and wide.
"We got to rebound the puck 100 percent, because the goalie will leave them out there," Midgets senior forward/defender Kennedy Kuntz said. "We definitely need to just get bodies down low, not just have one or two people down there, but definitely get our whole line in the zone."
Sheetz finished with 23 saves while Kram stopped 12 shots on goal for a Dickinson team who will use the loss as a learning experience.
"You always want to pull out the win, but it just didn't go our way," Kennedy Kuntz said. "I thought we played with them very well, we just couldn't get it in at the end. It's tough."
Mandan 3, Dickinson 2
M 0 2 1 1 - 3
D 0 1 1 0 - 2
FIRST PERIOD: No scoring
SECOND PERIOD:, 1, D, Kamryn Kuntz, 0:21. 1, M, Emily Horner (Madison Tait), 1:17. 2, M, Katie Rebenitsch (Horner), 11:13.
THIRD PERIOD: 2, D, Taia Klaman, 0:22.
OVERTIME: 3, M, Kali Berg (Rebenitsch), 6:18.
SAVES: M, Autumn Sheetz 6-7-6-4 - 23. D, Baylee Kram 8-1-2-1 - 12.