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Johnson’s hat track leads Demons to blowout victory

9/02/15 (Wed)

There was no shortage of goals at the Bismarck Community Bowl on Tuesday night. Both the early game between the St. Mary’s Saints and Minot Magicians as well as the night game featuring the Bismarck Demons and Mandan Braves offered plenty of scoring.

Bismarck, coming off of a 5-0 blowout victory over the Legacy Sabers, continued to fill up its side of the scoreboard against Mandan. Senior forward Hunter Johnson scored three times in the first 11 minutes of the first half, and the Demons earned their second lopsided victory in as many games, topping the Braves by a final score of 7-0.

It didn’t take long for Bismarck to get its offense going on Tuesday night, as Johnson found the back of the net for the first time just two minutes into the game. Mandan, attempting to clear its defensive zone, accidentally sent a pass right to a pursuing Johnson, who broke loose into a one-on-one situation with Mandan goalkeeper Joshua Meidinger.

Johnson, coming in from the Meidinger’s left side, blasted a shot past the Mandan goalkeeper and into the bottom-left corner of the net. The Johnson goal opened up a 1-0 Bismarck advantage, but the senior forward was not even close to finished yet.

Roughly five minutes following the first Bismarck goal of the night, sophomore midfielder Zac Schmidt set up Johnson for his second in as many shot attempts. Inside the Braves’ defensive zone once again, Schmidt crossed a pass into the Braves’ box, which Johnson gained control of and chipped past Meidinger for goal No. 2.

Johnson did not waste any time finding the back of the net for a third time, earning himself a hat track in just over 10 minutes of game play and leading the charge for Bismarck’s second consecutive blowout victory.

“He (Johnson) is a hard worker, you could see him hunting down every ball up there,” Bismarck head coach Andy Foss said. “He really wanted to go after it tonight, and his performance was just a testament to his hard work up top.”

Senior Michael Hertz scored the game’s fourth goal on a penalty kick, continuing the Demons’ first half offensive onslaught. Sophomore Tresor Mugwaneza added a pair of goals and senior Bryce Nybo capped off the first half with the Demons’ seventh goal during the game’s 38th minute.

“The guys were just really motivated,” Foss said when asked about his team’s first-half explosion. “Our second half against Legacy on Saturday wasn’t as good as we would have liked it to be, so we wanted to make sure they came out and played fast, played quick and tried to bury the game early.”

The second half of the game consisted of mostly reserve players, with both coaches electing to rest many of their starters after Bismarck put together an insurmountable 7-0 advantage during the first 40 minutes of game play.

“We have to make sure that we keep our intensity level up for a full 80 minutes,” Foss said. “We have not played a full game yet this year. I mean, the season is still pretty early, but we haven’t put together a full two halves, and that is what we are trying to build towards. We have a big game on Thursday against Minot, and that will be the goal, to put together two solid halves.”

Bismarck will look to continue its offensive success – for a full two halves – this coming Thursday at home against Minot.




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