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Blue Jays hang tough with South-Davies

Jamestown’s Haley Hillstrom plays the puck in front of goalie Ally Dion during Tuesday’s game against Fargo South-Davies at Wilson Arena. (John M. Steiner / The Sun)

The third period has been a time of struggle for the Jamestown girls hockey team.

But on Tuesday night, the Blue Jays appeared to grow stronger.

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Trailing for most of the game, Jamestown went after Fargo South-Davies in the final period. The Jays had their best period, but still fell 2-0 at Wilson Arena.

“That’s the best game we’ve played all year,” Jamestown coach Justin Connell said. “I take my hat off to Fargo South goalie (Emily Grothmann). We couldn’t find a way to get one past her. She was the game-changer for them.”

Grothmann came through big in the final few minutes, including Jamestown’s short 5-on-3 opportunity and game-ending power-play chance. Grothmann held firm throughout, as Jamestown outshot the Bruins 10-9 in the third period. She finished with 18 saves.

“If they had anyone other than her in net, it’s a different story,” Connell said. “She had a heck of a game.”

South-Davies scored a goal in each of the first two periods. After just two minutes, Anna Ingersoll buried the puck past Jamestown keeper Ally Dion for the game’s first score. Megan Lorenz added the second goal in the second period, skating down the left side of the ice and flipping it by Dion’s left side.

That was it for the Bruins’ scoring, as Jamestown’s defensive effort kept them at bay. Along with Dion, defensemen Haley Hillstrom, Mackenzie Leroux, Brenna Pritchert and Taylen Jorrisen disrupted the South-Davies’ shots on a consistent basis. Not bad considering Jamestown had just 11 girls because of sickness.

“We had some kids sick today, so we had to make a lot of adjustments,” Connell said. “Our adversity really showed through today. Everything kind of meshed well.”

Four penalties hurt the Bruins in the final period, including three in the final 4 minutes. Jamestown wasn’t able to take advantage, scoring-wise, but the Blue Jays controlled the puck for most of the final 10 minutes.

“Today was definitely something to build off of,” Connell said. “We’re starting to turn that corner.”

Dion finished with 31 saves for the Jays, who host defending state champion Bismarck on Friday.

Fargo South-Davies 2, Jamestown 0

South-Davies 1 1 0 — 2

Jamestown 0 0 0 — 0


First period: 1, SD, Anna Ingersoll (Ellea Bachmeier), 2:13.

Second period: 2, SD, Megan Lorenz (Alysse Glasner), 9:41.

Third period: No scoring.

Goalie saves: SD, Emily Grothmann 5-3-10—18. J, Ally Dion 14-8-9—31.

Penalties: SD 6 minors, J 4 minors.

Records: SD 7-4 state, 7-7 overall. J 1-10, 1-11.

Sun sportswriter Chris Aarhus can be reached at (701) 952-8462 or