Midland sweeps Jimmie hockey
Midland University simply had Jamestown's number over the weekend.
The ninth-ranked Jimmies outshot the Warriors 35-21 Saturday at John L. Wilson Arena. But two first-period goals by the 17th-ranked Warriors had the Jimmies playing catch-up all night.
Two empty-net goals in the final minute ballooned a 5-4 Warriors' lead to a 7-4 victory over the University of Jamestown. Midland completed the weekend sweep, defeating the Jimmies 5-2 on Friday.
"The first period wasn't our best period, but it also wasn't our worst," Jimmie men's hockey coach Cole Bell said. "It's just two mental breakdowns. We lost coverage of guys, and they ended up being opportunistic and putting the puck in the back of the net.
"Sometimes that's all it takes is one or two mistakes, especially playing a good team in Midland."
Freshmen forwards Andrew Carriere and Cy Jenson set the Jimmies back early. Carriere tallied during two minutes of 4-on-4 play seven minutes in, while Jenson buried a rebound just over three minutes later.
Trailing 3-0 in the second, Jamestown sophomore forward Eric Buckley scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season, and senior Phoenix McElroy-Scott also tallied, helping the Jimmies level the score with 1 minute, 35 seconds left before the third. But in the final minute, a fallen UJ defender at the blue line resulted in a Warriors' odd-man rush and a Blake Neumann goal.
Jamestown outshot Midland 17-6 in the second, but trailed 4-3 to start the final 20 minutes.
"Stuff like that just happens sometimes," Bell said. "I really hate to say it, but it's just kinda one of those nights where the bounces weren't going our way and I think that comes from the effort level.
"It was great in the second, but there were stretches where it wasn't as great in the first and the third."
Jenson scored a second goal in the third, a power-play goal, to put Midland ahead 5-3. Jamestown's Tyler Chavez-Leech later buried his team-leading seventh goal, before empty-net strikes by Mullendore and Nick Blanchette put the game away.
The Jimmies' Tallon Kramer posted 16 saves in the contest. Midland goalie Sean Kelley scored 31 saves.
The Jimmies host University of Utah on Friday and Dakota College at Bottineau on Saturday.
"Monday morning we'll get right back to work," Bell said. "Put this behind us and keep building on trying to be more consistent."
Midland 7, Jamestown 4
MU 2 2 3 -- 7
UJ 0 3 1 -- 4
1. M, Andrew Carriere (Nick Blanchette, Evan Anderson), 7:06 4-on-4; 2. Cy Jenson (Jason Henry, Ben Henry), 10:35.
3. M, Jake Mullendore (Blake Neumann, J. Henry), 7:48. 4. J, Eric Buckley (Cole McKechney), 9:55 4-on-4; 5. J, Phoenix McElroy-Scott (Bryan Kromm), 14:51; 6. J, Buckley (Jason Richter), 18:25; 7. M, Neumann (Mullendore, Trevor Hillman), 19:24 4-on-4.
8. M, Jenson (B. Henry, Neumann), 3:15 PP; 9. J, Tyler Chavez-Leech (McKechney), 9:51; 10. M, Mullendore (unassisted), 19:05 empty net; 11. M, Nick Blanchette (unassisted), 19:50 unassisted.
GOALIE SAVES: M, Sean Kelley 7-14-10--31. J, Tallon Kramer 5-4-7--16.
PENALTIES: M, 14 minors for 28 minutes, 1 game misconduct for 10 minutes. J, 7 minors for 14 minutes.
RECORDS: Midland 5-8-1-0; Jamestown 5-6-0-1.