Blue Jays clinch sixth seed
Win No. 9 sewed up the sixth seed at the state tournament for the Blue Jay girls' hockey team Tuesday night.
Both represent program-bests for Jamestown High School, which played its best game of the season in a thorough 5-0 beating of Devils Lake at the Sports Center.
"It was the most complete game we've played all season. We played all 51 minutes," coach Brad Schaack said.
Three girls scored, which is particularly important with the state tournament rapidly approaching. They have the state's premier biscuit-burier in Amber Schaack, but she scored just once Tuesday to go along with a pair of assists.
"The last two games we've had a lot of girls scoring, which is what we'll need at state," coach Schaack said.
Steph Kamlitz had the first and the last goals of the game.
Scoreless through 20 minutes, Kamlitz broke the ice at the 3:37 mark of the third, before the Blue Jays (9-10, 9-11-1 overall) finished the middle frame with a flurry.
Lexy Hastings scored twice and Schaack made it 4-0 as they scored three times in the final 3:45 of the period, two coming on the power play. Mataya Olson assisted on the second and third goals.
"Best our power play has worked all season. We did a really nice job moving the puck around," Schaack said.
They peppered Devils Lake goalie Mariah LaMotte with 60 shots in all. The Firebirds also took 10 penalties.
Miranda Smith had an uneventful shutout with 15 saves and the Blue Jays allowed few quality scoring chances.
"Everybody got to play, and the girls did a lot of good things," Schaack said. "All in all it was just a great game."
The Blue Jays close out the regular season against West Fargo on Friday. The Packers (16-2, 18-3) are still challenging for the top spot in the state with Fargo South.
The Jays opening-round opponent Feb. 24 will be either Bismarck, Grand Forks or Fargo North.
Jamestown 5, Devils Lake 0
Jamestown 0 4 1 -- 5
Devils Lake 0 0 0 -- 0
1, JHS, Steph Kamlitz (Mataya Olson), 3:37; 2, JHS, Lexy Hastings (Olson, Amber Schaack), 13:15 (pp); 3, JHS, Hastings (Olson, Schaack), 14:49 (pp); 4, JHS, Schaack (Morgan Geigle), 16:50.
5, JHS, Kamlitz (unassisted), 11:11.
Goaltender saves: Jamestown, Miranda Smith 5-3-7 15 saves. Devils Lake, Mariah LaMotte 16-26-13 55 saves.
Penalties: Jamestown, 3 for 6 minutes. Devils Lake, 10 for 20 minutes.
Records: Jamestown 9-10, 9-11-1 overall; Devils Lake 2-15-2, 2-15-4 overall.
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