Nine Packers score in win over Jays
West Fargo United girls hockey coach Pat Johnson is a difficult man to please.
His team just jumped into first place over in-town rival Fargo North-South-Shanley after a 9-1 six-point victory over Jamestown High School, but could only think about what his team could do better.
"We've got to continue to improve on the little things," Johnson said. "Improve on the defensive situations that we let up a little bit. We gave a rush up the ice, which we should never do. It's all about supporting each other and getting better on that defensive end. Good things will come but how do we get better each game."
Fargo, West Fargo United and Bismarck all have one loss in the North Dakota high school hockey standings.
"We've got to come out every single game and we have to play because there's teams that are going to come out after you," Johnson said.
Nine different players scored Tuesday, and besides a goal from leading scorer junior forward Madison Schoenberg, most goals came from girls that don't normally get the puck in the back of the net.
"It's always good to have balance, it's a team effort and it takes a team to win down the stretch," Johnson said. "We have to have girls that can help out."
Senior forward Mattyson Barta notched her fifth goal of the season, senior defender Maleah Stromme and Alexis Lemley scored their second of the year, senior defender Ellyssa Derrig, junior forward Sara Hammami and Mollie Gast all got their first.
"It's awesome to get their strength up and confidence," said junior forward Kaycee Herring, who also scored her seventh goal of the year. "Getting that first goal really pushes them during the season and makes them feel a lot better and stronger going into those harder games. It's awesome for them."
For Jamestown (2-9-1), sophomore defender Abby Grounds scored her second goal of the year 11:10 into the third period on a shot that deflected off the goalies' glove and in.
Getting anything going on offense was difficult for the Blue Jays as they only got seven shots on goal, opposed to West Fargo's 45.
"They capitalized on every mistake we made," said Jamestown girls hockey coach Andy Fitzgerald. "We made too many mistakes and that's when you get down early like (the first period). A good team will put you away."
West Fargo will face Devils Lake on Friday, while Jamestown hosts Fargo North-South-Shanley on Saturday.
West Fargo 9, Jamestown 1
WES 5 3 1 -- 9
JAM 0 0 1 -- 1
1. W, Mattyson Barta (Unassisted), 2:33; 5. 2. W, Maleah Stromme (Elise Stromme), 4:00; 2. 3. W, Ellyssa Derrig (Courtney Walsh), 4:50; 1. 4. W, Sara Hammami (Unassisted), 5:51; 1. 5. W, Kaycee Herring (Alexis Lemley, Madison Hjelden), 12:28; 7.
6.W, Alexis Lemley (Madison Schoenberg, Kaycee Herring), 9:17; 2. 7. W, Mollie Gast (Elise Stromme), 9:52; 1. 8. W, Hjelden (Ellyssa Derrig), 10:17; 15.
9. J, Abby Grounds (Sydney Soulis), 11:10; 2. 10. Schoenberg (Courtney Walsh), 13:27; 6.
Goalie saves: J, Erin Anderson 16-12-8--36. W, Brooklyn Myrvik 3-1--4, Madelyn Buchert 2--2.
Penalties: J, 3 for 6 minutes. W, 3 for 6 minutes.
Records: West Fargo 11-3-1. Jamestown 3-9-1.