Minot explodes in 2nd period to beat DickinsonFor the first 10 minutes Saturday, Dickinson head boys hockey coach Tom Folske felt his team was playing as good or better than it had all season.
By: Dustin Monke, The Dickinson Press
For the first 10 minutes Saturday, Dickinson head boys hockey coach Tom Folske felt his team was playing as good or better than it had all season.
Then, the Midgets began having trouble.
“About 24 minutes, we weren’t on the ice sheet or in the game,” Folske said.
After Dickinson senior goalie Jamison Gray turned back all 20 of Minot’s shots on net, the Magicians turned the game around. They scored five goals in just over 11 minutes in the second period en route to a 5-1 West Region victory at the Dickinson Recreation Center.
“We implored the guys, keep going at them, try to wear their legs down,” Minot head coach Chad Burckhard said. Their goaltender, for the first 17 minutes, we couldn’t solve them at all. But it’s one of those things where once you get one, they kind of keep coming.”
Things weren’t looking bad for the Midgets (4-3-0, 3-3-0 West) until a power-play goal 4 minutes and 1 second into the second period opened the floodgates.
Gray surrendered his first goal on Minot’s first shot opportunity of the second period and three more in the Magicians’ next 12 shots.
Morgen Martelle’s power-play goal — he chased down the puck at the Dickinson blue line and went in unassisted, wrapping his shot around Gray — sparked the Magicians’ five-goal outpouring that turned the game on its head.
Jersey Kelly put Minot (4-2-0, 3-1-0 West) on top for good just 1:22 later with a flip shot from the right wing.
Matt Flom tacked on a slap-shot goal, Andrew Keller put one in off a face off Daylen Benjamin scored off a deflection with 1:44 remaining to put Minot up 5-1 after two periods.
“The first goal is always the toughest one to give up,” said Gray, who stopped 39 shots. “It’s hard to get past that. It’s something our team has to work on. I had a lot of lucky saves, I think. I got lucky a lot. Our defense was there the whole time. They took care of the guys in front of the net and did their job.”
The Midgets’ lone goal came 4:53 into the first period when Alex Turcotte fired it into the net after Gannon Karsky’s shot on goal ricocheted off a Minot player and back to Turcotte for his first goal of the season.
Folske said the Midgets settled back into what they wanted to do in the scoreless third period. But, they still had trouble getting into their offensive zone. They sent just 22 shots Minot goalie Brey Effertz’s way.
Dickinson visits Bismarck high on Tuesday.
“We’re getting better,” Folske said. “We realized today and we brought it back. That last period showed we could skate with them.”
Minot 0 5 0 – 5
Dickinson 1 0 0 – 1
FIRST PERIOD: 1, D, Alex Turcotte (Gannon Karsky) 4:53.
SECOND PERIOD: 2, M, Morgen Martelle 4:01 (pp). 3, Jersey Kelly (Hayden Schwarz) 5:23. 4, M, Matt Flom (Martelle, Quinn Fuchs) 10:40. 5, M, Andrew Keller (Kelly) 13:50. 6, Daylen Benjamin (Martelle, Cayde Enns) 15:16.
THIRD PERIOD: No scoring.
SAVES: M, Brey Effertz 6-17-8–21. D, Jamison Gray 20-11-8–39.