Late and great: Stockert scores winner, Jays beat H-B 4-2
It was a better start, but an even better finish that helped Jamestown pull out a win on Saturday.
Stockert, a junior, was the beneficiary of some crafty puck work from senior defenseman Brady Hoggarth, who weaved around multiple defenders to get up the ice. Once Hoggarth dumped the puck, Stockert buried it past Hazen-Beulah goalie Tyler Murschel’s right side.
“Once (Brady) took the defenseman out, the puck came over to me,” Stockert said. “I just went under their defenseman and took a shot, and it went in.”
The score broke a 2-2 tie, but Hazen-Beulah continued to push the Blue Jays hard. Rene showed some flash of his own, keeping the puck on his stick despite heavy contact from two North Star defenders. The shot came from straightaway with 25 seconds remaining, effectively sinking any Hazen-Beulah hopes.
Hazen-Beulah had tied the game on a Mikey Morris goal just 39 seconds into the third.
“We just had to get after it and keep going,” Jamestown coach Matt Stockert said. “We had multiple opportunities to score and the puck finally started going in for us.”
Jakobi Lux broke a 1-1 tie in the second period, taking a feed from Nick Watne for his team-leading 11th goal of the season. Hunter Steffan had the North Stars’ goal.
Jamestown has struggled mightily in the first period in its last two games, surrendering multiple goals. However, the Blue Jays kept Hazen-Beulah off the board in the opening stanza.
“It was a good feeling,” Rene said. “The whole goal is to start the game strong, and we did better than we have been.”
Jack Jenson secured the game’s first goal, on a nice dish from Tommy Bruns in the first period. The score allowed the Blue Jays to play with a lead in the first period.
Still, Matt Stockert said the first period wasn’t a great improvement.
“It was a little better,” Stockert said. “But overall, I’m not happy with it.”
Stockert said he was particularly pleased with the play of his gold line — seniors Marcus Klein and Austin Meyer, and sophomore Nick Schaack.
“Those kids have been digging and working,” he said. “The goals haven’t been going in for them, but they get out there and get after it. Those three did a real fine job for us tonight.”
Murschel had 34 saves in net for the North Stars, who dropped to 3-9 in the West Region and 5-10 overall.
Jamestown (6-6, 6-9, 19 points) received 35 stops from goalie Brian Wenzel, who will sit for senior Ty Spitzer when the Jays go to Devils Lake on Tuesday.
Jamestown 4, Hazen-Beulah 2
Hazen-Beulah 0 1 1 — 2
Jamestown 1 1 2 — 4
First period: 1, J, Jack Jenson (Tommy Bruns), 5:08.
Second period: 2, HB, Hunter Steffan (unassisted), 11:52. 3, J, Jakobi Lux (Nick Watne), 14:29, shorthanded.
Third period: 3, HB, Mikey Morris (Connor Candrian), 0:39. 4, J, Nick Stockert (Brady Hoggarth, Nick Urquhart), 13:59. 4, J, Austin Rene (unassisted), 16:35, empty-net.
Goalie saves: HB, Tyler Murschel 9-7-17—34. J, Brian Wenzel 10-15-10—35.
Penalties: HB 7 minors. J 1 major, 3 minors.
Records: Hazen-Beulah 3-9 West Region, 5-10 overall (7 points). Jamestown 6-6, 6-9, 19.
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