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West Fargo pylons Dickinson in shutout at home

After the first period ending with a deadlock, West Fargo would bring the heat onto the ice, tallying two goals in the second and one in the third.

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Dickinson Midgets girls hockey team hosted their first home match of the season. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)
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The Dickinson Midgets girls hockey team (0-3) hosted their first game of the season against West Fargo United (2-1-1) Friday night at the Dickinson Recreation Center. It would be a 3-0 defeat for the home side, but they did gain tactical insight and showed tremendous effort on defense.

The three goals came from junior Courtney Docktor, freshman Reagan Bents and junior Mia Gervais.

“The girls played really tough and that is a step in the right direction,” head coach Lance Knudson said. “Everything that West Fargo got, they earned and we didn't give them anything easy.”

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Midgets head coach Lance Knudson strategize with Mataya Mortensen before being rotated back into their game against West Fargo United Dec. 3 (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

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“These games against these teams are what we need to take advantage of and show that the ‘D’ on our chest isn't just an easy win, but is something that you have to work for,” senior winger Mataya Mortensen said. “We kind of have a team mantra of what our attitude should be during every situation and that is really helping us to become a whole new team.”

From the opening faceoff, West Fargo held possession and bombarded Dickinson’s back row with shot after shot.

Between the pipes was sophomore Tierney Yoder, who kept out 13 shots on goal before the period ending buzzer.

The second period was where the trouble started for the Midgets after an early goal just two minutes in, shot by Docktor with an assist from senior Payton Hareland. Dickinson spent the rest of the period looking to tie the game with three shots on goal themselves, but none would find the back of the net.

West Fargo's insurance goal came in the dying seconds of the second from a wrist shot by Bents, assisted by Reese Rudolph to make it 2-0.

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The third period started, but the Midgets were unprepared for West Fargo's quick attack. Just seven seconds into the period, Gervais took an unassisted goal all the way from the opening faceoff. The goal sealed Dickinson's fate at 3-0. The Midgets had one shot on goal in the third and were in their own half of the rink for the majority of the period.

Yoder faced 39 shots throughout the game. Dickinson had four power play opportunities, but couldn’t convert any of them

On Saturday, Dec. 4 they will come back to the West River Ice Center to face Watford City club team, the Oilers.

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Defender Amethyst Britton goes on the offense pushing into West Fargo offensive zone. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

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“It is great how our team continued to push through all the periods,” Sierra Raatz, Midgets junior center said. “I am just proud of how everyone works hard in each shift.”

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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