It took Hazen-Beulah seven games to score 10 goals.
It took the Minot High School boys hockey team less than a period to hit double-digits in a 15-3 rout of the Northstars on Tuesday at Maysa Arena.
The Magicians (5-2 overall) took the lead right from the opening faceoff as sophomore forward Matt Flom scored eight seconds into the game for his first of six goals to lead Minot's offensive explosion. Flom could have had as many as eight goals but he had one taken off the board when the referees ruled the net had come off its moorings prior to the puck crossing the goal line. Another shot deflected off the crossbar.
Minot High School’s Matt Flom eludes Hazen-Beulah’s Derek Morris during Tuesday’s game at Maysa Arena. Flom scored six goals in the contest.
"He's a good hockey player," MHS coach Chad Burckhard said. "He knows where the open ice is and he has a linemate with him in Quinn Fuchs who sees the ice so well. It's really fun to watch those two in the open ice."
It took Flom seven minutes, nine seconds to record his first career hat trick in a Magicians uniform, recording Minot's first, third and fifth goals of the first period.
"I figured one or two (goals)," Flom said, "but not six."
Flom's hat-trick goal ended H-B starting goaltender Tyler Murschel's night. Murschel finished with two saves on seven shots faced. He was replaced by Colin Johnson, who couldn't stop the bleeding for the Northstars (0-8-1).
Seven different Minot skaters registered a goal and 11 recorded at least a point in the lopsided victory. The Magicians recorded 21 shots on goal in the first period and outshot H-B 43-12 for the game.
"I thought we did a nice job coming out and scoring on our odd-man rushes," Burckhard said. "That's something we've been working on in practice."
Flom entered the game with four goals this season. He matched that total at 2:57 of the second period, recording his fourth, and the Magicians' 11th, goal of the contest. Fuchs registered an assist on all six of Flom's goals.
"Fuchs was having good reads, keeping his head up looking for the open guy," Flom said. "It happened to be me six times."
Senior forward Andrew Keller, and junior forwards Jersey Kelly and Carter Bechtold all had two goals apiece for the Magicians.
"We have to keep our feet moving," Bechtold said. "If we keep our feet moving, we'll continue to be a good team. We got three big points."
It wasn't all bad for the Northstars. H-B scored at least three goals for the fifth straight game after recording just two tallies in its first four contests. Hunter Obrigewitch and Karl Johnson scored in the first. Rory Olson added a power-play goal in the second for the Northstars.
Minot's 15 goals are the most scored in a single game for the Magicians since at least the 2006-07 season. It was the fourth time this season the Northstars have allowed 10-plus goals and second straight.
The Magicians return to the ice on Dec. 27 against Coon Rapids in the Roseau (Minn.) tournament.