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Jays fall to Minot in OT

Jamestown’s Nick Stockert controls the puck against Minot on Friday night at Wilson Arena. (John M. Steiner / The Sun)

A fast and furious finish by the Blue Jays forced overtime Friday night.

Then in OT, the pipe got in the way of a major comeback win by Jamestown.

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Instead, Minot got the game-winner at the 2:01 mark of the extra session to escape Wilson Arena with a harrowing 6-5 win.

Still, it was a strong performance from the Blue Jays, who scored four goals in the third period, including three in the last 2 minutes and 22 seconds.

“Obviously, you come back like we did and you’d like to see us finish in overtime and we almost did. Fifteen seconds in we hit a pipe, but that happens in hockey sometimes,” JHS coach Matt Stockert said. “Big-picture wise there were a lot of good things tonight. It wasn’t perfect, but Minot has established itself as a good team, and really, we were right there.”

The Magicians, who have won eight of their last 10 games, led 5-2 after Quin Fuchs scored at 10:20 of the third.

But it was all Blue Jays from there as Austin Rene (14:38), Jakobi Lux (14:55) and Rene again (16:20) had Wilson Arena at a fever pitch. Nick Stockert assisted on all three goals.

“You can say a lot of things about it, but the kids just got after it,” Matt Stockert said. “We weren’t waiting around for something to happen, the kids were aggressive and made things happen and that’s what it takes, especially against good hockey teams.”

After forcing OT, Rene appeared to cap the sizzling comeback, but the near-hat trick maker clanged off the pipe.

About two minutes later Hayden Schwarz banged in the game-winner as the Magicians left with two points. The Blue Jays did get one for the tie.

“Statistically, it was about as even as it could be. Quality scoring chances (13-13), face-offs won (31-31), it’s right there at 50-50,” Stockert said. “You never like losing, but this type of effort most nights is going to win us a lot of hockey games.”

The Jays, who had their two-game winnings streak clipped, host Dickinson Tuesday night.

Minot 6, Jamestown 5

Minot 2 2 1 1 — 6

Jamestown 1 0 4 1 — 5

Scoring summary

First period

1, JHS, Jacob Miller (Jakobi Lux), :13; 2, Minot, Matt Flom (Quin Fuchs, Logan Bischof), :36; 3, Minot, Bischof (Trevor Werchau), 5:57.

Second period

4, Minot, Ethan Czaplewski (Taran Albright, Jersey Kelly), 1:00; 5, Minot, Matt Flom (Easton Bennett, Fuchs), 15:00.

Third period

6, JHS, Brandon Stahlhut, 7:19; 7, Minot, Fuchs (Bischof, Flom), 10:20; 8, JHS, Austin Rene (Nick Stockert, Brady Hoggarth), 14:38; 9, JHS, Lux (Rene, Stockert), 14:55; 10, JHS, Rene (Stahlhut, Stockert), 16:20.


11, Minot, Hayden Schwarz (Czaplewski, Kelly), 2:01.

Goalie saves: Minot, Breydan Effertz 5-3-13—23; Jamestown, Brian Wenzel 12-8-7—27.

Penalties: Minot 5 for 10 minutes; Jamestown 3 for 6 minutes.

Records: Minot 6-1 West Region, 8-3-1 overall; Jamestown 3-5 West Region, 3-7 overall.

Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701) 952-8460 or by e-mail at

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