Fargo Davies updends Jamestown to advance in state hockey tournament
GRAND FORKS — The Jamestown boys hockey team hadn't been to the North Dakota state tournament in five years.
Fargo Davies gave the Blue Jays an unfriendly welcome back.
Davies outshot Jamestown 23-3 in the first period and cruised to an 8-0 victory in the state quarterfinals at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Thursday, Feb. 22.
The Eagles (20-3-2) play Bismarck Century in a state semifinal at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Davies has never played for a state title.
Jamestown dropped to 13-11.
Davies was led by Taylor Parrett's two goals and an assist, although coach Scott Petersen didn't think his team was particularly sharp.
"We played like a young team in a big game," Petersen said. "It took a while to get our feet moving and struggled handling the puck. That's expected, first-day jitters."
Davies scored three times in the first and four times in the third period.
"We played an all right hockey game," Jamestown coach Matt Stockert said. "We had kids go out there and work hard. (Davies) is by far the best team we've played all year long. They keep coming at you in waves."
The Blue Jays will play Grafton-Park River in a consolation semifinal at 11 a.m. Friday.
"We want to be playing until Saturday," Stockert said. "If we find a way to beat Grafton-Park River tomorrow, we can play for hardware Saturday. That would be a huge plus for our little community and our little program."
Davies also received goals from Austin Schmidt, Ethan Mathson, Jacob Mathson, Jamieson McVicar and T.J. Winnegge.
"The big thing is we have to be more focused and intense," Petersen said. "We were going through the motions. We have to play at a higher level. But we're ready now to play a really good Century team."