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Midgets score must-win over Jays

Jamestown Blue Jays' Madi Hagan fires the puck towards the goal Thursday at John L. Wilson Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun 1 / 2
Jamestown's Ashlyn Schauer (6) grabs a hold of Dickinson's Alyxaine Mansfield's stick to push it out of the way Thursday at John L. Wilson Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 2

Dickinson High School girls hockey player Taia Klaman is listed as a defender on the Midgets' roster.

But the only thing she did Thursday at John L. Wilson Arena was put pucks in the back of the net.

The sophomore "blue liner" scored a hat trick in the second period, while adding to her team-high 16 goals in a 4-1 victory over Jamestown.

"She carried the game for us," said Midgets coach Al Takle. "She's been doing that all year—scoring big goals for us. We were able to not play her such big minutes after she scored some goals. That might've been some of her motivation."

Klaman drove up the center and scored 50 seconds into the second period to give Dickinson a 2-0 lead. She later added another goal and sniped a backhand past junior goalie Erin Anderson at the end of the period.

"My teammates were giving me the puck, the lanes were open, I saw my corners and I got it in," Klaman said.

Freshman defender Madison McChesney scored off a rebound to open the scoring in the first period.

Dickinson was sitting ninth in the statewide standings prior to the contest, three points behind Mandan for seventh and two behind Williston. The Midgets are now tied for seventh with one contest left to play.

"We knew if we won this we'd be closer to state and if we lost it would take us one step back of our goal of going to state," Klaman said. "If we can just keep ourselves there we got it."

Dickinson will be one of the eight teams heading to state if it beats Fargo Davies on Saturday. If the Midgets don't win they will need Mandan, Williston and Devils Lake to each lose its final two games.

"We need the points," Takle said. "There's going to have to be some upsets now for us not to make it to state. (The win) is obviously huge for us."

For Jamestown, Abby Soulis scored the lone Blue Jay goal 2 minutes, 15 seconds into the third period.

"Her line was working the puck for a good part of that period," said Jamestown girls hockey coach Andy Fitzgerald. "Every shift they were getting chances and finally she was able to pop one there. They forechecked hard tonight—her, Kendra Paiement and Kylie Mitchell."

The Blue Jays struggled during the first half of the opening period offensively but picked it up with five scoring opportunities. Jamestown continued to press in the second period with nine shots on goal.

"We felt good about ourselves after the first period," Fitzgerald said about taking a 1-0 deficit into the break. "We were getting plenty of chances and a lot of zone time down in their end."

Jamestown will host Devils Lake in its season finale on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

"We would really like to win in front of the home crowd and we'd love to win our final game for our two seniors," Fitzgerald said. "That's what we're going to be playing for."


Dickinson 4, Jamestown 1

DIC 1 3 0 -- 4

JHS 0 0 1 -- 1


First period

1. D, Madison McChesney (Taia Klaman), 8:00; 3.

Second period

2. D, Taia Klaman (Unassisted), 0:56; 14. 3. D, Klaman (Audrey Nadvornik), 7:04; 15. 4. D, Klaman (Unassisted), 15:49; 16.

Third period

5. Abby Soulis (Kylie Mitchell, Sydney Mittleider), 2:15; 3.

Goalie saves: J, Erin Anderson 10-11-13--34. D, Jayli Wandler 5-9-5--19.

Penalties: J, 7 for 14 minutes. D, 3 for 6 minutes.

Records: Dickinson 5-9-1 state, 8-10-1. Jamestown 0-14-2 state, 2-18-2.

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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