Packers power past Jays
The Jamestown girls hockey team has suffered through some tough games as of late.
Sandoval had a goal in the first and two in the third. The Packers led 3-0 after the first period and 5-0 late in the second, when Jamestown’s Torri Kamlitz converted on a 5-on-3 power-play opportunity to avoid the shutout. Haley Hillstrom and Brenna Pritchert assisted on the play.
“We finally got a goal on a 5-on-3, so that was good,” Jamestown coach Justin Connell said. “We worked hard and did the best we could.”
Kelly Krahn had two goals and three assists for the Packers, who sit second in the standings behind Bismarck.
The Blue Jays have a more favorable slate ahead, with two games against Dickinson and one against both Mandan and Devils Lake. They also play Grand Forks.
“We definitely have the potential of winning five,” Connell said. “But it’s certainly not a guarantee. … We are putting together good hockey when we should be.”
It starts on Saturday, when the Jays visit Grand Forks.
Devils Lake’s seniors made sure their last home game was a memorable one.
The Firebirds scored three goals in the first period en route to a 6-2 win over rival Jamestown on Tuesday night in Devils Lake.
Senior Austin Moser scored his team-leading 14th and 15th goals of the season — also the first two of the game. Logan Kraft, who assisted on the first goal, slipped one by Jamestown goalie Ty Spitzer to cap the trio.
Matthew Boren and Cole Thompson each added scores in the second period, with Thompson getting his second of the game in the third period.
Down 5-0 after two, however, Jamestown coach Matt Stockert said showing fight and staying focused became the team’s goals.
“If we were gonna lose the game, we want to lose it with some class,” Stockert said. “It was important for us to not show our frustration and not show up in the box. We completely achieved that, as far as I’m concerned.”
Jamestown won the third, outscoring the Firebirds 2-1. Jakobi Lux and Nick Stockert each scored goals and assisted on each other’s. Austin Rene was also credited with an assist on Stockert’s goal.
Just as important to the coaching staff, Jamestown finished with just one penalty for two minutes in the game.
“That might be one of the most important things,” Stockert said. “It’s that time of year. Having your emotions stay in check is gonna be a big part of what happens in these last five games and our three West Region hockey tournament games.”
Ty Spitzer had 39 saves for Jamestown, which welcomes in Bismarck Century on Thursday night.
West Fargo 8, Jamestown 1
West Fargo 3 2 3 — 8
Jamestown 0 1 0 — 1
First period: 1, WF, Kelly Krahn (Madison Nelson), 3:56. 2, WF, Janey Sandoval (Kourtney Lothspeich, Courtney Walsh), 8:08. 3, WF, Krahn (Walsh, Tori Holland), 8:43.
Second period: 4, WF, Gillian Sauter (Krahn), 0:24. 5, WF, Nelson (Anna Promersberger, Walsh), 6:20. 6, J, Torri Kamlitz (Brenna Pritchert, Haley Hillstrom), 15:02, powerplay.
Third period: 7, WF, Sandoval (Krahn), 6:03. 8, WF, Sauter (Nelson, Promersberger), 8:33. WF, Sandoval (Holland, Krahn), 14:22.
Goalie saves: WF, Morgan Stirling 2-2-1—5. J, Nicole Mayland 10-20-13—43.
Penalties: WF 4 minors, J 2 minors.
Records: WF 9-2-1 state, 11-4-1 overall (34 points, Jamestown 1-13, 1-14 (3).
Devils Lake 6, Jamestown 2
Devils Lake 3 2 1 — 6
Jamestown 0 0 2 — 2
First period: 1, DL, Austin Moser (Logan Kraft, Landyn Swenson), 1:57. 2, DL, Moser (Brady Johnson, Cole Thompson), 6:19. 3, DL, Kraft (Moser), 6:36.
Second period: 4, DL, Matthew Boren (Jordan Swanson, Cooper Knoke), 4:59. 5, DL, Thompson (Swanson, Boren), 16:40.
Third period: 6, J, Jakobi Lux (Nick Stockert), 2:12. 7, J, Nick Stockert (Lux, Austin Rene), 9:58. 8, DL, Thompson (Swanson, Knoke), 10:27.
Goalie saves: J, Ty Spitzer 12-12-15—39. DL, Holden Kurtz 8-5-9—22.
Penalties: J 1-2 minutes. DL 3-6 minutes.
Records: Jamestown 6-10, Devils Lake 5-13.
Sun sportswriter Chris Aarhus can be reached at (701) 952-8462 or firstname.lastname@example.org