Mayport Ice Dawgs win Boys Jr. Gold NDAHA State Championship

Posted March 6, 2013 at 9:49 pm


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By Lindsie DeFrang

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This past weekend the Mayport Ice Dawgs hockey teams returned home from Sidney, MT as the Boys Jr. Gold NDAHA State Champions.

In the first round, the Ice Dawgs were set to take on the Richland Rangers who were shut out in a 9-0 win on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Mayport scored three goals to gain the lead in the first period. They followed with four more goals in the second period and held on to the lead. The Ice Dawgs defense shut the Rangers down for the remainder of the game. In the final period Mayport scored another two goals and took the game.

Chase Knudson of the Ice Dawgs scored two goals and had one assist. Knudson scored a power play goal with 5:32 left on the clock during the first period. Jacob Klath and Nicholas Gullicks assisted the goal. About 6 minutes into the second period Knudson slid the puck across the goal with the assist from Alex Aberle.

Nicholas Gullicks scored two goals for the Mayport Ice Dawgs. During the second period with 4:09 left he scored with the assists from Aaron Evans and Eric Gullicks. He also lit up the net with a power play goal during the third period with the help of teammate Evans.

Ice Dawgs Eric Gullicks also scored two goals along with his assist. During the second period Eric Gullicks hit the goal with the assistance of Carl Knutson. Eric slammed a in solo goal with 7:46 left on the clock in the third.

This was the Rangers first game of the season while Mayport already had a 7-4 record.

On Friday, March 1 the Ice Dawgs were ready to skate past the Watford City Oilers in the semi-finals and that’s just what they did.

The Mayport Ice Dawgs scored two goals against the Oilers who only slid one past goalie Brock Sherva in the first period. Carl Knutson for the Ice Dawgs netted another two in the second period to make it a 4-1 lead. In the third period Aaron Evans scored three goals without assistance and also had one helper.

Ice Dawg’s goalie Brock Sherva stopped 16 of 18 shots to make the final score against Watford City Oilers 8-2. With two games added to their current win streak the Mayport Ice Dawgs record sat 9-4.

In the championship round, the Mayport Ice Dawgs would take on #1 seed Langdon Blades. The Ice Dawgs seemed to have tricks up their sleeves that night as they took the championship 5-4, Saturday, March 2.

During the first period, the Langdon Blades outscored the Ice Dawgs two goals to one. After a scoreless second period the Ice Dawgs began to bark and bite. Mayport slid two past Langdon’s goalie Bailey Mackey to gain the 3-2 lead in the third period.

Nicholas Gullicks earned the hat trick for the Mayport Ice Dawgs scoring the winning four goals. With 3:59 left on the clock, Gullicks scored with the assist from Eric Dalman. Now 2:58 left to play and Gullicks lit up the net with another goal without assistance. With 0:59 on the clock Gullicks got his third goal of the night with the assistance of Chase Knudson.

The championship was now tied at 4-4 and with 0:32 left Gullicks scored the winning goal with the help from teammates Jordan Hoffman and Carl Knutson.

When a BEK Sports interviewer asked Gullicks to sum up the game during the player of the game interview Gullicks simply said, “I don’t know, a miracle.”

The Mayport Ice Dawgs added the three win streak and ended with a record of 10-4.

Eric Gullicks was selected to the All-State team.

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