"When you make mistakes, make sure you're good at covering them up."
You won't find that in the Good Book, but it sure pays off in hockey.
Century was whistled for 10 minor penalties in Thursday's 5-0 West Region victory over Minot at the VFW Sports Center. The Patriot penalty killers had a perfect record of covering up those misdeeds.
Among those overworked souls who was busy with the grunt work was senior all-state defenseman Carter Bailey, who took delight in the penalty killers' perfect slate.
"All our guys really stepped up to the plate, battled hard and worked hard in the corners. And our goalie (Matthew Schmidt) played lights-out for us," Bailey said.
Bailey said the bumper crop of penalties were due, in part, to a two-week layoff the Patriots experienced.
"After taking two weeks off between games you come out a little slow and sloppy, but we picked it up in the third period," he noted.
Minot put its share of bodies in the penalty box. The Magicians were called for six two-minute rest periods and paid for those breaks by surrendering two power-play goals, one each in the second and third periods.
Century was nailed for the first four penalties of the game, but nonetheless carved out a 2-0 lead in the first 17 minutes.
Senior defenseman Paydin Slette pounded in a blast from the right point at 5:39 of the first period and sophomore forward Colton Schulte connected with two seconds remaining.
Schulte punched the puck through traffic with Minot goalie Odin Nelson down to give Century a 2-0 edge.
That was more than enough elbow room for senior CHS goalie Matthew Schmidt, who picked up a 16-save shutout. Nelson finished with 30 saves for Minot.
Senior forward Nicholas Brown put the Patriots up 3-0 early in the second period, scoring on a nifty left-to-right wraparound stuff shot with the Magicians skating a man short.
Sophomore forward Dawson Shirley popped in a rebound off a shot by senior forward Brandon Schaffer at the 5:06 mark of the third period. Junior forward Austin Wald topped things off with 2:48 remaining in the game. Wald, on the right post, took a pass from Slette on the left point and converted to make it 5-0.
The highlight of the game had nothing to do with scoring. Bailey lifted a Minot skater off the ice with a perfectly-timed hip check at the top of the slot late in the second period. All he got for his effort was two minutes for interference.
"I just love hip checks. That's probably my favorite thing to do. ... I'll probably put that on my highlight reel," Bailey said.
Bailey said he's learned over the years that wins over Minot have meaning at the end of the season.
"In my experience we've always had a pretty good rivalry with them. Plus, it's good to get a win at home," he said.
Century gets just hours to enjoy the win before heading for Dickinson and another regional game. The puck drops in Dickinson at 7 p.m. MST.