Jays in win column
Elly Milender finds a way to hide herself near the crease whenever the action picks up in the opponent’s offensive zone.
“It’s nice to get our first win to get rolling,” Milender said. “Hopefully, we can keep rolling.”
Both of Milender’s goals came in the first period, the second coming on the power play with assists from Haley Hillstrom and Torri Kamlitz. It was Hillstrom’s deflected shot from the right circle that Milender converted.
“It helps when my team is getting shots to the net,” Milender said. “You just keep your head up and call for the puck.”
Unlike her second goal, the first one came on a rebound from the right side off her own shot.
“She does a nice job,” Jamestown coach Justin Connell said of Milender. “She gets herself to the net. Everything she gets, she earns from hard work. That’s what we’ve been preaching. She’s a prime example of that.”
Devils Lake’s Maranda Hoffner scored her team’s third goal of the season in the first period to make it interesting.
However, Jamestown answered with two goals in the second period.
Chaya Joersz watched her straightaway shot trickle under the stick of Devils Lake goalie Brianna Holtz nearly three minutes in. Six minutes later, and a man down, Torri Kamlitz took the puck around a defender on the boards and converted a 1-on-1, flipping it by Holtz for a three-goal advantage.
With power-play and shorthanded goals, Connell said he was pleased with the play of his special teams.
“They were aggressive when they needed to be,” Connell said. “It was a good game for us moving forward.”
Jamestown goalie Nicole Mayland fared well, stopping 19 shots. The Blue Jays outshot Devils Lake 44-20 and visit Fargo South-Davies on Thursday.
“They’ve worked hard and they haven’t seen the winning side of it,” Connell said. “They finally get to see the results.”
Jamestown 4, Devils Lake 1
Devils Lake 1 0 0 — 1
Jamestown 2 2 0 — 4
First period: 1, J, Elly Milender (unassisted), 7:34. 2, DL, Maranda Hoffner (unassisted), 13:17. 3, J, Milender (Haley Hillstrom, Torri Kamlitz), 15:51, power play.
Second period: 4, J, Chaya Joersz (Brenna Pritchert), 2:42. 5, J, Kamlitz (unassisted), 8:51, shorthanded.
Third period: No scoring.
Goalie saves: DL, Brianna Holtz 15-11-14—40. J, Nicole Mayland 6-9-4—19.
Penalties: DL 4 minors, J 1 minor.
Records: Jamestown DL 0-8, Jamestown 1-6.
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