Midgets nerves of steal secure shootout against Braves

Jan. 15—MANDAN, N.D. — Dickinson boys hockey team have had their highs and lows in the season, but when the chips are down and the pressure is on they show how resilient they can be. Thursday night, in Mandan, The Midgets fought from behind for the majority of the match against the Mandan Braves, but a team effort, third period goal would set the stage for a shootout. With the weight of the match on their shoulders, performing in their first shootout of the season, the Dicknson boys beat the Mandan goalie for a 2-1 victory.

The Braves came into the match with great anticipation and momentum from their three-game win streak, but the Midgets have effectively collected five of the six points over Mandan in the Western Dakota Association.

Braves' Broody Skalsky opened the scoring near the 8 minute mark of the first period, with Tate Olson assisting. They fended off their one-goal lead for the remainder of the first period and all through the second, dealing with a determined Dickinson side who peppered 32 shots on target.

Bryce Kadrmas, the Midgets junior goaltender, had his own shots to worry about, particularly in the second period, stopping 10 shots. In total Kadrmas stopped 22 potential goals.

Dickinson's persistence on offense finally paid off two minutes into the third period, senior Kasey Stengel collecting a biscuit with seniors Kaden Krieg and Dallas Schmidt setting him up. The Midgets would find it hard to close out the match in the third, slinging 14 shots on goal against the Braves' Bennet Leingang. Though Leingang was a brick wall for most of the match, he would finally come falling down in the shootout.

Dickinson are in the middle of the pack in the WDA standings with a 4-5-1-0 conference record and 6-6-1-0 overall. The middle section of the standings are volatile and though Mandan currently holds a position higher than the Midgets, things could change before the end of the season.

They continue on the road next week to face the Jamestown Blue Jays, who bested them earlier in the month. The match is slated for Tuesday, Jan. 16.