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When it rains it pours: Dickinson nets three in a minute to top Mandan

The Dickinson High boys hockey team scored three goals in a minute and four seconds. After a long game of shot-after-shot-after-shot getting blocked, the rapid-fire scoring drove the bench and the fans wild as the Midgets defeated the Braves 5-0 ...

Dickinson High junior forward Joey Pavek shoots in action against Mandan on Friday, Dec. 28, at the West River Ice Center. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson High junior forward Joey Pavek shoots in action against Mandan on Friday, Dec. 28, at the West River Ice Center. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

The Dickinson High boys hockey team scored three goals in a minute and four seconds. After a long game of shot-after-shot-after-shot getting blocked, the rapid-fire scoring drove the bench and the fans wild as the Midgets defeated the Braves 5-0 on Friday, Dec. 28 at the West River Ice Center.

"I thought our boys played really well. I thought Maysion (Mattern), their goaltender, he's a really good goalie," Dickinson head coach Dallas Kuntz said. "If he sees it, he's going to stop it. I just told the boys to keep grinding. Keep digging, keep digging, it'll come. If you're getting 15, 20 shots a period, you're going to break through eventually. And they did."

It wasn't until the final minutes of the second period when a puck finally got by Braves brick wall.

On a breakaway, Ryan Bren gathered speed and shot stick side to put one past Mattern.

That changed everything.

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"He won that faceoff, sprinted by two defenders and with a great shot," Kuntz said. "We've been telling the boys all day, 'Don't shoot glove.' That guy's got a good glove. He went high blocker and it was kind of a momentum changer for us."

Halfway through the third, Joey Pavek added a second to the scoresheet. The junior forward contributed heavily to the teams 52 shots, with many being near misses.

With 3:23 left to play, Braves senior forward Jackson Zittleman was whistled for boarding. To some surprise, he was given a five-minute major. That's when the onslaught began.

Thirty seconds later, junior defender Austin Raatz shoved the puck by Mattern on the doorstep, but as the puck crossed the goalline, the net was dislodged. Despite the Midgets celebration, there was no goal.

Mere seconds later, in the midst of a frenzy, Raatz got the puck in the net again and this time, it counted.

"That first one that they took away from us, we all thought it went in and we were all pretty ecstatic about it because we'd been working hard for it," Raatz said. "We just buckled down and went back to work because we knew we needed to get another when. When we got that second one, again, it felt great."

Thirty-six seconds later, junior defender Brayden Urlacher scored and 20 seconds after that, sophomore forward Landon Aman scored unassisted.

Bren finished the night with a goal and an assist, while senior forward Cody Shepard tallied a pair of assists.

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On the other end of the ice, senior goalie Jarin Naab stopped all 14 shots he saw, earning his and the team's second shutout of the season.

Midgets come out on top in physical battle against Lakers

Thursday could go down as the most physical game of the season for the Dickinson boys.

What Watertown (S.D.) lacked in offense, they made up for in brute force on the boards and the Midgets countered without hesitation. Hard hits and flaring tempers didn't but a damper on the Dickinson offense as the Midgets rattled off four goals to win 4-2 on Thursday Dec. 27.

"Obviously a non-traditional opponent, we don't see each other very much," Kuntz said. "Last year when we played them, it was actually a real straight-up game, but yeah (today) it was real physical. I don't know if it's Christmas break and everybody ate too much, got a bunch of presents over the holidays, but it was physical from the get go."

The aggression led to 13 penalties, nine against Watertown, including a five-minute major for kneeing early in the third period. Still, the Dickinson power play wasn't fantastic. While they put away two goals on the man advantage, the Midgets offense in general wasn't capitalizing at the rate they typically do, or should have been. Through two frames the Midgets put up 27 shots and scored twice.

First, Shepard broke through with assists from sophomore defender Ethan Blotzke and Pavek with 4:42 left in the first period. With a minute of man-up hockey carried into the second, Jaren Hugelen crashed the net and scored just 33 seconds into the middle stanza.

The Dickinson power play unit actually gave up a goal while CJ Barton sat in the penalty box for five minutes. Starting forward Connor Bramer got by the defender at the blue line and pushed up the middle into the zone. He fired from the slot and with a lightning-quick wrister he found net over Midgets senior goaltender Riley Wittenberg's right shoulder.

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"When we got a fresh power play, we usually do pretty well," Pavek said. "We only got a unit and a half rolling right now, so we get pretty tired on the power plays. When we get a fresh chance, hopefully we can get a puck in, maybe two."

With a minute and a half left to play, the Lakers broke through again, this time with a messy try through traffic from Mason Lloyd.

"I don't think it's fair to our goaltender that we gave up those two at the end," Kuntz said. "He made some saves that he needed to early and I'm just kind of disappointed for his sake that we weren't able to keep a clean sheet for him."

The Midgets came out kicking in the third, as junior defender Brayden Urlacher scored 25 seconds after puck drop. Seventeen ticks later, Pavek pushed one by Jared Fedt.

Watertown assistant coach Ryan Falk said the back-to-back goals were uncharacteristic of Fedt.

"He had a really good game," Falk said. "But those two goals that happened in the third period, I don't know what was going on with him. He was having a really good game the rest of the game then let two go in for some reason. ... Jared Fedt usually's not that kind of goalie. He's usually solid."

Results Friday

Dickinson 5, Mandan 0

M 0 0 0 - 0

D 0 1 4 - 5

FIRST PERIOD: No scoring.

SECOND PERIOD: 1, D, Ryan Bren, 14:12.

THIRD PERIOD: 2, D, Joey Pavek (Cody Shepard), 9:16. 3, Austin Raatz (Shepard, Morgan Wardner), 14:24. 4, Brayden Urlacher (Bren), 15:00. 5, Landon Aman, 15:20.

SAVES: M, Maysion Mattern 16-17-13-47. D, Jarin Naab 3-7-4-14.

Results Friday

Dickinson 4, Watertown (S.D.) 2

W 0 0 2 - 2

D 1 1 2 - 4

FIRST PERIOD: 1, D, Cody Shepard (Ethan Blotske, Joey Pavek), 4:42.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, D, Jaren Hugelen (Ryan Bren, Pavek), 0:33.

THIRD PERIOD: 3, D, Brayden Urlacher (Blotske), 0:25. 4, D, Pavek (Shepard, Evan Groll), 0:42. 1, W, Connor Bramer, 8:31. 2, W, Mason Lloyd (Jacob VanDusseldorp), 15:33.

SAVES: W, Jared Fedt 13-12-15-40. D, Riley Wittenberg 4-3-7-14.

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