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Jamestown’s Brandon Stahlhut (left), Austin Rene (middle) and Brandon Urquhart (right) celebrate Rene’s goal in the first period of the Blue Jays’ 6-4 win over Mandan on Tuesday night at Wilson Arena. (Photos by John M. Steiner / The Sun)
Jamestown’s Brandon Stahlhut (left), Austin Rene (middle) and Brandon Urquhart (right) celebrate Rene’s goal in the first period of the Blue Jays’ 6-4 win over Mandan on Tuesday night at Wilson Arena. (Photos by John M. Steiner / The Sun)

Jays keep scoring: JHS tallies six in win over Mandan

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Nick Stockert’s goal with less than 1 minute left in the second period was a big one.

After the Mandan Braves scored three unanswered goals and sucked all the Blue Jay momentum out of the building by taking a 3-2 lead, the Jamestown junior forward’s 12th goal of the season leveled things at 3-3 and brought the Jays back to life.

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Senior forward Marcus Klein went on to bury the game-winner with 11 minutes, 40 seconds left to play in the third —his first goal of the season — as Jamestown defeated Mandan 6-4 at Wilson Arena on Tuesday night.

“It’s 2-1, it’s 2-2 and then it’s 3-2 them, and you’re kind of looking going, ‘All right, what’s going to happen if we don’t get a goal here,’” JHS coach Matt Stockert said of son Nick’s second-period game changer. “It’s just a broken play and the puck comes out to Nick on his backhand and he just throws the puck at the net and thankfully it went in.

“Good for him for getting the puck to the net, and good for Austin (Rene) and Jakobi (Lux) for digging like mad men to get that puck out in front of the net.”

Nick Stockert posted a power-play goal and an empty-netter with 3 seconds left to play to record his second consecutive hat trick. He posted three goals and six points during the Blue Jays’ 10-6 victory at Dickinson on Saturday, and he now stands with 14 goals and a team-leading 30 total points.

Jamestown came out ready to play, firing 16 shots on net and scoring two unassisted goals against Mandan’s freshman goalie Sawyer Schmidt to lead 2-0 after the first period. The Blue Jays could have done further damage, but failed to capitalize on a pair of power plays in the frame.

Jamestown’s first goal was the product of some nice defensive work by sophomore forward Austin Rene. Rene was able to intercept the puck deep in Mandan’s zone and stuffed it stick-side past Schmidt as the Jays took a 1-0 lead just over 6 minutes into the game.

Then with time winding down in the first, Jamestown’s leading goal-scorer, senior forward Jakobi Lux, picked up goal No. 15 on the season. The puck flew and found Lux’s stick off a faceoff from the right-side circle in Mandan’s zone, where he promptly slung it into the back of the net with 43 seconds left to play.

“The overall message before the night was get the puck to the net,” coach Stockert said.

But the second period was pretty much a polar opposite of the first, with Mandan sending 17 shots on net and converting one of two power-play opportunities. Jamestown junior goalie Brian Wenzel finished the game with 33 saves, 14 of which came in the second.

Mandan’s Trever Leingang got one past Wenzel to start the Braves’ onslaught, followed by a power-play goal by junior defenseman Aric Riopelle and another goal by Jacob Hansen giving Mandan a 3-2 lead with 1:42 left before the third.

“They outworked us, and you don’t have to say much at this time of the season when you walk into that locker room after a period like that,” Stockert said. “The kids know that they got outworked, and as a coach you just talk about the things that we do well. We knew (Mandan) was going to be ready to play, and they were a pretty good hockey team in the second period.”

But once Klein put the Jays up for good in the third, Mandan began to come apart and committed three crucial penalties down the stretch to keep the momentum with the Jays.

Stockert went on to score on the power play unassisted to put the home team ahead 5-3 with 8:54 to play. Mandan did pull Schmidt out of the goal as they scored with the extra skater with 1 minute, 8 seconds to play to cut the lead to one point.

Schmidt finished with 30 saves.

But Stockert’s empty-netter made sure the Blue Jay crowd went home happy.

“I think overall it’s good for our kids for gutting it through, and I think we were on a mission there in the third period to win a hockey game,” coach Stockert said.

Jamestown (8-11, 8-6 WR) will mostly likely be the No. 5 seed for next week’s West Region tourney, which begins on Thursday at Minot’s All Seasons Arena.

But Jays still have two more games left to play. They travel to face Bismarck High on Thursday, before wrapping up the regular season at home on Saturday against Bottineau-Rugby.

Jamestown has won three of its last five games.

“My message to the kids, and their message right back, is they want to win Thursday and they want to win Saturday,” Stockert said. “It’s never easy going into Bismarck and playing Bismarck High, and Bottineau is no slouch, but we feel like we can win both hockey games.”

Jamestown 6, Mandan 4

Mandan 0 3 1 — 4

Jamestown 2 1 3 — 6

Scoring

First period

1, J, Austin Rene (unassisted), 6:19; 2, J, Jakobi Lux (unassisted), 16:17.

Second period

3, M, Trever Leingang (Garret Murphy), 9:27; 4, M, Aric Riopelle (Trey Huber), 11:18 PP; 5, M, Jacob Hansen (Huber, Riopelle), 15:18; 6, J, Nick Stockert (Lux, Rene), 16:03.

Third period

7, J, Marcus Klein (Austen Meyer), 5:20; 8, J, Stockert (unassisted), 8:06 PP; 9, M, Leingang (Colton Murphy, Riopelle), 15:52; 10, J, Stockert (Brady Hoggarth), 16:57 empty net.

Goalie saves: M, Sawyer Schmidt 14-4-12—30; J, Brian Wenzel 7-14-12—33.

Penalties: M, 5 for 10 minutes; J, 2 for 4 minutes.

Records: Jamestown 8-11, 8-6 West Region; Mandan 5-14, 4-11 West Region.

Sun sports writer Michael Savaloja can be reached at (701) 952-8461 or by email at mikes@jamestownsun.com

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