Jimmies fall to Minot State
University of Jamestown's hockey program had a good week.
The second-year program made the American Collegiate Hockey Association postseason in its first year of eligibility. It's been quite the accomplishment for the sophomore-heavy Jimmies.
But an experienced Minot State team showed Jamestown it still has room to grow after the Beavers defeated the Jimmies 3-1 Friday night at John L. Wilson Arena.
"We're right there and I think one of the biggest things is just for our team to realize how good we really are," said Jamestown head coach Cole Bell. "Coming out and playing against teams like this, expecting to win and there's no reason why any game we play we shouldn't expect to win. If we play the way we're capable of we come out on top just about every time."
The Jimmies earned the No. 12 seed in the one-and-done ACHA National Championship on March 10 facing University of Illinois in Champaign. The Jimmies swept the Fighting Illini in a January doubleheader.
If Jamestown manages to win for a third time over Illinois, it could have a matchup with Ohio University. The Jimmies also swept a regular-season series over Ohio in early October.
"There's going to be no easy games ahead of us," Bell said. "We have to put together 60 minutes."
Minot State pushed the pace in the second period Friday. The Beavers outshot Jamestown 19-3 in the second frame but Jimmie goalie Tyson Brouwer stood on his head.
Austin Yano went around a Jamestown defensemen and took a close-range slapper that Brouwer gloved.
Minot State got a 3-on-1 opportunity that Brouwer managed to poke away later in the period.
"He's outstanding," Bell said about his netminder. "Whenever I put him in I know exactly what I'm going to get. He's been consistent and as of late he's been the backbone of this team.
"The fact that they only got three goals on us was remarkable on his part for the chances he saw."
Minot State finally broke through 12 minutes into the period as Blake Fournier got a stick on a puck with a crowd around Brouwer. Sam Briscoe scored two minutes later after he put in an easy rebound.
"We took 20 minutes off," Bell said. "We stopped moving our feet and that's when we get into trouble. Having our feet moving creates time and space. It backs them up a little bit, it opens up holes, creates breakdowns in their defensive coverage."
Yano scored a goal with two minutes remaining in the third period and Cole McKechney stopped the shutout with 37 seconds remaining.
Jamestown will now head to Minot State for the second game of the weekend doubleheader today.
"We have to put together a full 60 minutes, make sure we're moving our feet," Bell said. "I told the guys these are the big games we're going to have to play. We're nearly in playoff hockey and you got to win your battles.
"It's going to be physical, tight and one mistake can cost the game."
Minot State 3, (9) Jamestown 1
MIN 0 2 0 -- 3
JAM 2 0 2 -- 1
1. M, Blake Fournier (Unassisted), 11:57; 7. 2. M, Sam Briscoe (Johl Swedlo, Austin Yano), 13:49; 18.
3. M, Yano ( Lyndon Lipinski, Briscoe), 18:15; 18. 4. J, Cole McKechney (Brett Harris, Cameron Todd), 19:23; 10.
Goalie saves: M, 5-3-12--12; J, Tyson Brouwer 9-17-5--31
Penalties: J, 6 minors for 12 minutes and a 10 minute misconduct. M, 5 minors for 10 minutes.
Records: Jamestown 23-12-0-1. Minot State 33-2-0.