With hot start, Dickinson High Midgets boys hockey grab first home win

Michael McChesney doesn't necessarily have to start to find production.The Dickinson High senior forward, who didn't start the Midgets' game Friday, started -- and ended -- the scoring as he recorded four goals in the Midgets' 8-3 win over Hazen-...

Michael McChesney doesn’t necessarily have to start to find production.
The Dickinson High senior forward, who didn’t start the Midgets’ game Friday, started - and ended - the scoring as he recorded four goals in the Midgets’ 8-3 win over Hazen-Beulah - Dickinson’s second West Region victory and first win at home - at the West River Ice Center.
“It took me a while to get that first one,” McChesney said. “It was just a lot of shots. We moved the puck well up the ice and got our feet moving.”
McChesney’s first goal was only 1 minute, 4 seconds into the game off a Ryan Bren assist.
Exactly two minutes later, junior Matthew Tessier skated around North Star senior goalie Colin Johnson’s net and snuck a shot past Johnson’s stick hand to push the Dickinson lead to 2-0. McChesney and junior forward Jerzy Martin, who drove the puck past Hazen-Beulah defenders into its zone to set up Tessier, were credited with assists.
But 1:18 later, Martin got his. After a flurry of Dickinson shots at Johnson - who ended the day with 41 saves - Martin received the puck at the right side of the North Stars’ zone. His slap shot zoomed past defenders and teammates to extend Dickinson’s lead. Martin scored yet again at about the 9 minute mark off an assist from McChesney to give Dickinson (4-5, 2-5 West Region) a 4-0 lead.
In that first period, Dickinson took 23 shots on goal to Hazen-Beulah’s nine.
“We wanted to set the tone for the game,” Dickinson head coach Dallas Kuntz said. “It seems like we play well and we win games, the first 5 minutes we control it. That was our goal, and we came out and did it.”
Though Dickinson outlasted a 5-on-3 disadvantage for about a minute, the North Stars still scored with 12.6 seconds left in the first period during a

frantic offensive charge when freshman Dain Sardelli scored off assists from Jakob Parisien and Mikey Morris.
“We’re still learning every game,” Hazen-Beulah head coach Dan Frei said. “I don’t think our goaltending was overly stellar tonight and our forwards weren’t getting into the areas they needed to get to to score goals. I think when we did, we scored a couple goals. They’re not pretty goals, but they go in.”
The North Stars kept up with Dickinson for the beginning of the second period. At about the 8:40 mark, after the North Stars withstood a barrage of shots on goal, Parisien took the puck, attacked the Dickinson zone and scored a short-handed goal to get within 4-2.
But about 4 minutes later, Bren, off an assist from Kram, scored a power-play goal to get that lead back to three. Then with about 2:30 before second intermission, McChesney drove the puck into Hazen-Beulah's zone on his left, skated back across and took a sudden no-look wrist shot which found the back of the net to give Dickinson a 6-2 lead going into the third period.
“(McChesney) is the leader of this team. We’re going to go as far as he wants to take us,” Kuntz said. “The pressure is never too big for him. He doesn’t mind us being on his shoulders. Great kid and great hockey player.”
Only 47 seconds into the third period, Devin Sardelli scored a goal to cut the lead to 6-3, but that would be the closest the North Stars got.
About 8 minutes later, McChensey drove the puck down the center of the ice and took a shot at the goalie’s right side - which ricocheted off the goalie’s foot and found the net to give McChesney an unassisted goal.
But he wasn’t done. McChesney scored yet again off assists from Tate Martel and Martin with about 2:40 remaining to put the North Stars away for good.
“We moved the puck well and were using our speed to our advantage,” McChesney said. “We were winning all the races.”
Dickinson’s next game will be at 5 p.m. today against Jamestown, another West Region team, at the WRIC. Kuntz said he hopes his team can keep up the momentum, especially at home.
“The West Region is so wide open this year,” Kuntz said. “Every game is such a battle, it doesn’t matter who’re you’re playing.”

HB 1 1 1 - 3
D 4 2 2 - 8
FIRST PERIOD: 1, D, Michael McChesney (Ryan Bren), 1:04 (pp). 2, D, Matthew Tessler (McChesney, Jerzy Martin), 3:04. 3, D, Martin (Dawson Kram), 4:22. 4, D, Martin (McChesney), 9:04. 5, HB, Dain Sardelli (Mikey Morris, Jakob Parisien), 16:48.
SECOND PERIOD: 6, HB, Parisien, 8:20 (sh). 7, D, Bren (Kram, Kaymen Kitchen), 12:00 (pp). 8, McChesney, 14:43 (pp).
THIRD PERIOD: 9, HB, Devin Sardelli (Da. Sardelli, Morris), 0:47. 10, D, McChesney, 8:53. 11, D, McChesney (Tate Martel, Martin), 14:20.
SAVES: HB, Colin Johnson 19-12-11-41. D, Greg Haataja 7-5-5-17.

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