Williston tops Dickinson in overtime
The Dickinson High and Williston girls hockey teams needed more than the 51 minutes in regulation to decide the statewide winner on Tuesday. With 2:20 left in overtime Jana Mischke netted the game-winning goal for the Coyotes. Despite a wealth of...
The Dickinson High and Williston girls hockey teams needed more than the 51 minutes in regulation to decide the statewide winner on Tuesday.
With 2:20 left in overtime Jana Mischke netted the game-winning goal for the Coyotes.
Despite a wealth of scoring opportunities for Dickinson, freshman goaltender Neige DeLaunay made 40 saves as Williston defeated the Midgets 2-1 at the Dickinson Recreation Center.
“I’m going to be haunted by empty nets,” Dickinson head coach Al Takle said with a smile. “I was really proud of the effort. We were going hard and we were playing smart. We just got a bad bounce in overtime.”
The Midgets and Coyotes each had at least 40 shots on goal.
DeLaunay picked up the win. She made double-digit saves in the first, second and third periods.
“Neige has really stepped up her game in the last two weeks,” Williston head coach Mat Ekblad said. “She’s playing real consistent for us. She attacks the puck and doesn’t get too rattled. She played a heck of a game.”
Dickinson junior goalie Breanna Chamberlain was just as solid with 41 saves.
“It was just a great game for her all-around,” Takle said.
The Coyotes struck first in the second period with an Elizabeth Goebel power-play goal.
Dickinson junior Abby Wandler answered with the game-tying, power-play goal less than four minutes into the third period.
Wandler said the third-period goal lifted the team’s spirits in the final 13 minutes of regulation.
“(The goal) brought our confidence up,” she said. “This is probably one of the best games that we’ve played this year.”
Mischke netted the final goal in overtime for the Coyotes. Bethanie Pippin, Carly Collings and Goebel all supplied assists in the game.
Entering the game, the Midgets and Coyotes were separated by three points. With the overtime win, the Midgets still hold a one-point advantage for the No. 8 spot.
“We are pretty even hockey teams and it really showed,” Ekblad said. “It was a hard-fought game. There was a lot of meaning behind this game.”
The Midgets travel to Minot at 6 p.m. Friday for a statewide game. Takle said there’s a sense of urgency in the final four statewide games in hopes of claiming a spot in the state tournament.
“We need wins now and it starts on Friday,” he said. “We are just going to come back to practice (today).”
Williston 0 1 0 1 – 2
Dickinson 0 0 1 0 – 1
FIRST PERIOD: No scoring.
SECOND PERIOD: 1, W, Elizabeth Goebel (Bethanie Pippin) 6:34.
THIRD PERIOD: 2, D, Abby Wandler (Kenadee Fritz), 13:46.
OVERTIME: 3, W, Jana Mischke (Goebel, Carly Collings), 2:20.
SAVES: W, Negie DeLaunay 10-10-12-8–40. D, Breanna Chamberlain 14-14-7-6–41.