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Jamestown stays alive, to play in qualifier

Matt Stockert saw his Jamestown boys hockey team lag in the first period on Friday.

“The hardest game out of the entire season to coach is the Friday morning after losing on Thursday at WDA,” Stockert said. “It’s by far the hardest.”

Stockert made sure the Blue Jays understood what was on the line at the first intermission, and they responded with a 5-1 victory over Hazen-Beulah at All Seasons Arena in Minot. Jamestown plays Century at around 1:30 p.m., today in a state-qualifier.

“It was pretty obvious that we were scared,” Stockert said. “We didn’t want to lose, but it was almost like we were playing not to lose.

“We just needed to bear down and get it done. The kids certainly did that.”

The first period wasn’t without its bright spots, though, as Jamestown goalie Brian Wenzel kept Hazen-Beulah off the board, and Brandon Stahlhut put the Blue Jays on it with an unassisted goal at the 9:22 mark.

However, the North Stars came back with a Jordan Johnson goal early in the second to tie the game. Fortunately, Nick Stockert converted a power-play opportunity with an assist from Jakobi Lux with 1:35 remaining until the second break.

Despite a 2-1 lead, the Blue Jays suffered a serious loss, as sophomore forward Austin Rene left the game with an injury. Rene is done for the season.

Senior Tommy Bruns scored for the second line, when he converted early in the third, giving the Blue Jays an insurance goal. Jamestown rounded out the final score on two empty-netters from Lux in the final 3 minutes of play.

Hazen-Beulah finished with two major penalties and seven overall. Stockert said his team needed to focus and avoid penalties. The Jays did have five minors.

“We did a good job of keeping focused, I thought,” Stockert said. “We stayed fairly disciplined for the most part. I really think, in the end, that’s why we won the hockey game. We did the little things better than they did.”

Wenzel finished with 25 saves.

Jamestown 5, Hazen-Beulah 1

Hazen-Beulah 0 1 0 — 1

Jamestown 1 1 3 — 5


First period: 1, J, Brandon Stahlhut (unassisted), 7:38.

Second period: 2, HB, Jordan Johnson (Mikey Morri, Nate Leintz), 13:24. 3, J, Nick Stockert (Jakobi Lux), 15:25, power play.

Third period: 4, J, Tommy Bruns (Brady Hoggarth), 1:35. 5, J, Lux (Stockert, Stahlhut), 14:13, empty-net. 6, J, Lux (Stockert), 16:56, empty-net.

Goalie saves: HB, Tyler Murschel 5-12-11—27. J, Brian Wenzel 9-7-9—25.

Penalties: HB 2 majors, 5 minors. Jamestown 5 minors.

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