Jays win in thirdThe Jamestown High School girls hockey team’s battle-tested resolve shined brightly in the third period on Friday night. So did Torri Kamlitz.
By: By Chris Aarhus, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
The Jamestown High School girls hockey team’s battle-tested resolve shined brightly in the third period on Friday night.
So did Torri Kamlitz.
The sophomore forward weaved around a defender and beat Minot goalie Sydney Swanson stick side midway through the third period to break a tie game, eventually sending the Blue Jays to a 4-2 win over Minot at Wilson Arena.
The goal, which came after Jamestown blew a 2-0 lead, was Kamlitz’s sixth of the season. She showed patience, too, beating a defender down the left side and waiting for Swanson to hit the ice before firing away.
“Our coach always told us that we should wait for her to commit to go down, and go high,” Kamlitz said. “So I’m like, I’m gonna try that. I knew she was battling on her block side, so I went block side, too.”
Jamestown coach Brad Schaack said the goal was executed to perfection.
“She looked good, and she finished it right,” Schaack said. “She made the goalie commit. The goalie went down, she went short side — that takes patience to do. She did the right thing and it was a pretty goal. That right there proves you don’t have to have a hard shot; you just have to have a little patience.”
Jamestown’s poise was noticeable in the third period, after Minot’s Angie Lothspeich scored on a behind-the-net feed from Makaila Anderson.
Even with all the momentum supposedly in Minot’s favor, Jamestown still took control of the game. The Blue Jays had a power-play opportunity late in the third and though they didn’t score a goal, they peppered Swanson with five shots.
Jamestown did, however, convert on its final power-play chance, as Amber Schaack went coast-to-coast for her 23rd goal of the season. Schaack also scored in the second period. Senior Steph Kamlitz — Torri’s sister — had a goal and an assist.
“Before the game, I said, ‘We’re 0-5 when one player scores and we’re (11-0) when everybody contributes,” Brad Schaack said. “That’s what happened tonight. To be up 2-0 with all the momentum going to Minot … the girls held strong.”
Jamestown goalie Carissa Finck finished with 20 saves, while Swanson had 30.
The Blue Jays (9-4 state, 11-5 overall) host Williston at 3:30 p.m. today.
Jamestown 4, Minot 2
Minot 0 0 2 — 2
Jamestown 1 1 2 — 4
First period: 1, J, Steph Kamlitz (Ally Dion), 10:58.
Second period: 2, J, Amber Schaack (Kamlitz), 3:21.
Third period: 3, M, Sydney Boyce (unassisted), 1:22. 4, M, Angie Lothspeich (Makaila Anderson), 8:00. 5, J, Torri Kamlitz (unassisted), 11:15. 6, J, Schaack (unassisted), 12:37, power play.
Goalie saves: M, Sydney Swanson 7-15-8—30. J, Carissa Finck 10-3-7—20.
Penalties: M 4 minors, J 2 minors.
Sun sportswriter Chris Aarhus can be reached at (701) 952-8462 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org