Lux’s four points help Blue Jays to first victory
Jakobi Lux and Brady Hoggarth made sure Jamestown had something to show for its solid play on Saturday.
The Blue Jays entered the game 0-3, losing close games to Grafton-Park River, Bismarck High and Minot. The three opponents were ranked second, third and seventh, respectively, in the state’s preseason coaches poll.
“We’re just getting started,” said Lux, a senior who starts at center on the team’s first line. “We’re getting everything together right now.”
Still, Hoggarth said losing those three games was frustrating, another sign of the competitive spirit of this year’s team.
“I think later in the season, once we progress, there will definitely be different scores,” Hoggarth said.
Jamestown took a pretty good first step against the Coyotes, hammering Williston goalie Ty Berg with three goals in the second period after the two teams played to a tie in the first.
“Coach came in and gave us a nice pep talk,” said Hoggarth, referring to the first intermission. “He told us what we needed to do. Put some pucks on the net, skate hard — just throw it in the corners and play our hockey.”
Brandon Stahlhut, a defenseman, put the Jays on the board 5 minutes, 31 seconds into the second period with an assist from Lux. Senior forward Nick Watne made it 2-0 taking his own rebound, skating around the net and flipping it past Berg. Lux converted on a rebound opportunity less than two minutes later to cap second-period scoring.
“The kids did a good job of playing the puck and winning the 1-on-1 battles today, for the most part,” Jamestown coach Matt Stockert said.
Stockert said the second period was the result of an effective strategy in the first. The Blue Jays also didn’t spend a single minute in the penalty box, after 10 penalties in a 2-1 loss to Bismarck High on Thursday night.
“We did a really good job at the beginning of the game of getting the puck deep (in their zone) and making their defensemen go back and forth,” he said. “You saw the result of that in the second period, when we were able to put three on the board.”
Lux and Stockert both had rebound goals in the third period. Goalie Brian Wenzel stopped 15 of the 17 shots he faced, as Williston slipped two through traffic in the third period.
Jamestown, which outshot Williston 43-17, improves to 1-3. Stockert said the tougher schedule will pay off down the stretch.
“We put together a schedule with our athletic director to try and not make it easy at this time of year,” Stockert said, “so we’re ready in January and February when it counts the most.”
Jamestown hosts Devils Lake on Tuesday night.
Jamestown 6, Williston 2
Williston 0 0 2 — 2
Jamestown 0 3 3 — 6
First period: No scoring.
Second period: 1, J, Brandon Stahlhut (Jakobi Lux), 5:31. 2, J, Nick Watne (unassisted), 11:11. 3, J, Lux (Austin Rene, Nick Stockert), 12:32.
Third period: 4, J, Lux (Brady Hoggarth), power play, 0:37. 5, W, Travis Kuhn (Tristen Slemin, Bailey Zaste), 3:12. 6, W, Tate Barbot (unassisted), 10:57. 7, J, Stockert (Rene, Lux), 15:54. 8, J, Hoggarth (unassisted), 16:59.
Goalie saves: W, Ty Berg 11-12-14—37. J, Brian Wenzel 2-6-8—15.
Penalties: W 4 minors, J 0.
Records: Williston 1-6, Jamestown 1-3.
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