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Three games, three losses for Dickinson boys hockey

The Midgets have allowed 13 goals through their first three games.

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Dickinson Midgets goaltender Jayce Concha. (Race Archibald / The Dickinson Press)

On the road for the first time this season, the Dickinson Midgets boys’ hockey team went up against Bottineau-Rugby searching for their first win of the season.

A three-goal deficit would prove to be too much to overcome as the Braves defeated the Midgets 5-2 Saturday night.

The Midgets’ start to the game was less than ideal, to say the least. Just over a minute into the game, the Braves found the back of the net, courtesy of Cole Vietz-Reile for an early 1-0 lead. Midgets head coach Dallas Kuntz wasn’t impressed with how they started the game.

“Guys weren’t ready to go tonight,” Kuntz said. “After warmups us coaches were talking about the guys looking too loose especially for a game of this magnitude. Bottineau lost last night and they were looking to respond. They jumped on us early and often.”

Dickinson (0-3-0-0) found their footing for the next ten minutes, but would concede another goal on the power play, with Bottineau-Rugby (1-2-0-0) capitalizing on the extra man advantage 20 seconds in the power play.

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The bleeding didn’t stop there as the Braves added a third goal with 3:21 left in the first period, extending their lead 3-0. The Midgets committed a costly turnover that spurred a Bottineau-Rugby counter-attack which they pounced on.

Dickinson goaltender Jayce Concha was caught in no man's land, defending one shot to his left but leaving his right side open for the Braves to net their third goal.

But credit the Midgets resilience. Just like the Braves did in the first period, Dickinson did the same in the second by scoring inside of two minutes into the period, coming from junior forward Taylor Giese.

They weren’t done yet. It was the Midgets’ turn to capitalize on a power play later in the period, with their second goal coming from the stick of sophomore forward Kasey Stengel.

The shots on goal statistic was nearly identical through the first two periods. After one, the Braves had the upperhand 10-9. After two, Dickinson held a 20-19 advantage.

“I’m not huge on moral victories but the fact that we did respond and make it a one goal game, I thought we played well in the second,” Kuntz said. “But our start and finish weren’t anywhere near where we needed to be.”

Their resilience was carried through the early stages of the final period, searching for a tying goal. They were on the power play to begin the period but were left empty-handed.

Clinging to a 3-2 lead, the Braves found their fourth goal with 12:51 left in the period, slotted home by Matt Olson.

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Still, there was time for the Midgets to mount one last comeback, but their efforts weren’t enough, despite a brief 6-vs-4 advantage on the ice in the dying moments of the game. Bottineu-Rugby’s final goal came with five seconds remaining.

Dickinson has allowed five goals in each of their first three games. Kuntz said that if they want to improve on that end of the ice, it starts with practice.

“We gotta work hard in practice,” Kuntz said. “They gotta bring their lunch pale and hard hat (to practice). We’re going to play the way we practice . I’ll be honest, our defensive zone in practice hasn’t been what it should be and it’s showing in games.”

The Midgets will return home on Tuesday, Dec. 7 for a matchup against Bismarck Legacy.

“I think Bottineau outwilled and outskilled us tonight and the score definitely shows that,” Kuntz said.

SCORING

DHS - 0 2 0, 2

BR - 3 0 2, 5

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First Period

BR - Cole Vietz-Reile, assisted by Eli Bristol and Dalton Vietz-Reile, 1:10, 1-0

BR - Gabe Glasner, assisted by Ethan Siemens and Macen Heisler, 11:20, 2-0

BR - Heisler, assisted by Matt Olson and Colton Getzlaff, 13:39, 3-0

Second Period

DHS - Taylor Giese, assisted by Cole Kadrmas, 1:56, 3-1

DHS - Kasey Stengel, assisted by Ryker Klaman, 8:30, 3-2

Third Period

BR - Olson, assisted by Heisler and Getzlaff, 4:09, 4-2

BR - C. Veitz-Reile, assisted by Olson, 16:55, 5-2

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