Braves nip Blue Jays
Jamestown couldn’t break through in the third period, even with a 5-on-3 late in the game.
Trailing by one, the Blue Jays fought hard to tie it, but couldn’t control the puck long enough to put consistent shots on Mandan goalie Sara Zachmeier, who finished with 12 saves.
Then, Mandan picked up two penalties, giving Jamestown a 5-on-3. The Jays hurled three quick shots at Zachmeier, but failed to get anymore on net, as Mandan iced the puck and kept the Jays out of its zone.
“It would have been nice to bury the puck there,” Jamestown coach Justin Connell said. “We did what we could with how tired we were.”Said Mandan coach Dewitt Mack: “That was huge because we don’t work on that in practice. We hope we’re never in that situation. We play a lot of small-area games, so the girls are used to playing with three girls and that helped a lot.”Shortly after the 5-on-3 ended, Jamestown was called for a penalty, leaving the Jays shorthanded while trying to get the equalizer.In the end, McCowan’s goal held up as the game-winner. It came after she battled with a Jamestown defender for about five seconds, slapping at the puck for the fifth or sixth time and sending it past Jamestown goalie Nicole Mayland nearly three minutes in.The game was close, but the shots were not as the Braves outshot Jamestown 46-14.“We struggle with getting it in the net,” Mack said. “We can put it on net, but we just can’t find the openings.”Mandan got on the board first, as Madysen Zachmeier fired the puck top shelf past Mayland midway through the first period.A barrage of scoring came about in the second period.Jamestown freshman Haley Schnaidt scored her first career goal, taking a rebound from an Elly Milender shot and directing it by Mandan goalie Sara Zachmeier to tie the game at one just three minutes, 48 seconds in.“She got her first goal and she was pretty happy about it,” Connell said. “We made sure we got her the puck.”Mandan had an answer to that score, though, as McCowan got her stick on the puck with enough force while falling down to give the Braves the lead again.Jamestown responded less than a minute later, thanks to solid teamwork between Torri Kamlitz and Chaya Joersz. The two were skating down the ice with a defender in front and Joersz passed left while eating up the lone defender, leaving Kamlitz with a 1-on-1 with Sara Zachmeier. Kamlitz breezed it by her to tie it at 2.Mayland finished with 43 saves in the loss, which dropped the Blue Jays to 1-8 on the season. They host Dickinson on Saturday.
Mandan 3, Jamestown 2Mandan 1 1 1 — 3Jamestown 0 2 0 — 2ScoringFirst period: 1, M, Madysen Zachmeier (unassisted), 10:18.Second period: 2, J, Haley Schnaidt (Elly Milender), 1:58. 3, M, Maiah McCowan (Mariah Marsh), 3:48. 4, J, Torri Kamlitz (Chaya Joersz, Sydney Soulis), 4:40.Third period: 5, M, McCowan (Jordyn Bossert, Marsh), 2:39.Goalie saves: M, Sara Zachmeier 2-4-6—12. J, Nicole Mayland 15-11-17—43.Penalties: M 5 minors, J 3 minors.Records: M 5-5, J 1-8.Sun sports writer Chris Aarhus can be reached at (701) 952-8462 or firstname.lastname@example.org