Magi hockey dominates in 10-3 rout of Williston

Photo courtesy of Sean Arbaut Minot High senior Brett Davis celebrates after scoring Minot's sixth goal Tuesday evening against Williston at Maysa Arena.

With 12 seniors on the roster, getting them all a point on Senior Night would have been fairytale outcome. But, that didn’t stop the Minot High School boys hockey team from at least trying Tuesday night against Williston.

The Magicians (10-9-1, 9-4-0 West Region) cruised comfortably to a 10-3 victory over the Coyotes (5-13-2, 1-11-0 West Region) with 14 different players picking up points. Eight of them being seniors.

Even more impressive, the Magi had nine different goal scorers.

“We like to see the 10 goals, but not the three against,” MHS co-head coach Jason Bennett said. “I think we played really well for two periods and had a couple letdowns in the third. But, we scored 10 goals against Dickinson on Saturday and scored 10 tonight, so hopefully (we gained) some confidence.”

A 5-minute major boarding penalty by Williston’s Dalton Tangedal ignited the Magi’s offense. Minot strung together three of its four first period goals on the continuous extra man advantage.

Junior Mason Diehl got it started 10 seconds into the power play. Senior Chayse Haberman followed that up by redirecting a shot in from the point by senior captain Logan Braaten and then Nicholas Murphy got to the front of the net to jam in a rebound goal.

With 25.1 seconds left in the first period, senior Samuel Opozda snuck in his second goal of the season with a little traffic in front of the net.

“We are starting to see some creativity,” Bennett said. “We are finding the right line combinations and guys know that if they aren’t going, then they aren’t going to play. That’s setting in and we had 10, 11, 12 forwards all going hard tonight. It’s good to see.”

Seniors Zach Pederson and Brett Davis extended Minot’s lead to 6-0 in the second period and senior goaltender Kyle Schultz preserved his shutout bid briefly with a point-blank save halfway through the period.

Williston, however, got on the scoreboard 2:07 into the third period. A Minot turnover trying to leave its own defensive zone ended up on the stick of Chance Johnson. He managed to get the puck toward the net and between the pads of Schultz.

Senior Brock Bergrude restored Minot’s six-goal lead and opened the floodgates at both ends of the ice.

In a span of six minutes, five goals were scored with the two teams trading tallies back-and-forth. Chris Sathe and Johnson scored for Williston, while junior Hunter Cope and Haberman answered for Minot.

Haberman was the only Magi skater to score twice.

Minot’s leading goal scorer, senior Jake Viall, waited until the very end to score his 11th goal of the season with a minute remaining.

Senior Patrick Heide collected four assists and both Braaten and Jack Plemel had three helpers as well.

The Magi close out the regular season on Thursday with a 7:30 p.m. home game against Bottineau. The West Region tournament will take place next week, Thursday through Saturday, at Maysa Arena.

Alex Eisen covers Minot High School, Minot State athletics and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @AEisen13.