Blizzard unleash flurry
Beating the No. 1 girls hockey team in North Dakota has been a difficult task this season.
The Blue Jays (1-10 state, 1-11 overall) had kept it manageable after one period, allowing a pair of goals. Bismarck’s Jessie Binstock scored off of a faceoff in the left circle 10 minutes, 3 seconds into the game, and Sage Barta converted on a Kaitlyn Page pass from behind the net to cap first-period scoring.
Jamestown coach Justin Connell said the first period had him optimistic. Bismarck had beaten the Blue Jays 9-0 in the season’s first matchup.
“I was pretty happy with the first period,” Connell said. “You keep a team like Bismarck to two goals in one period, you’re looking pretty good. I told the girls in the locker room that they better be ready for Bismarck to come out firing, and that’s what they did.”
The onslaught of goals in the second period changed everything, and it started with Barta and Curl. Both finished with four goals and an assist.
Jamestown goalie Ally Dion had a busy night. She fought off the hard-charging Blizzard for the first 10 minutes, keeping them off the board while getting peppered with shots.
“We did it right in the first period,” Connell said. “We collapsed in the middle and kept their shots under control. I thought we were able to match them in the first.”
Once Bismarck busted through the door, however, it did so with a vengeance. It added five more goals in the third period during a running clock. Dion finished with 39 saves.
Kennedy Blair earned the shutout with 11 saves for Bismarck, which had all four of the game’s penalties.
The Blue Jays host Minot on Jan. 24. Williston is here the following day as part of a doubleheader. The boys host Hazen-Beulah.
Bismarck 13, Jamestown 0
Bismarck 2 6 5 — 13
Jamestown 0 0 0 — 0
First period: 1, B, Jessie Binstock (unassisted), 10:03. 2, J, Sage Barta (Kaitlyn Page), 11:05.
Second period: 3, B, Barta (Kennedy Hageness), 10:03. 4, B, Britta Curl (unassisted), 3:07. 5, B, Katie German (Kylie Yineman, Curl), 6:16. 6, B, Binstock (Anne Dickson), 6:53. 7, B, Curl (Dickson, Binstock), 9:13. 8, B, Delaney Wolf (Barta), 9:44.
Third period: 9, B, Curl (German), 0:50. 10, B, Barta (Page), 1:05. 11, B, Curl (Binstock, Dickson), 3:53. 12, B, Wolf (Taya Olson), 6:00. 13, B, Barta (Wolf), 14:08.
Goalie saves: B, Kennedy Blair 3-4-4—1. J, Ally Dion 13-19-7—39.
Penalties: B 4 minors, J 0.
Records: Bismarck 11-0 state, 13-1 overall (33 points), Jamestown 1-11, 1-12 (3).
Sun sportswriter Chris Aarhus can be reached at (701) 952-8462 or email@example.com