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Bad start dooms Blue Jays

Chris Aarhus / The Sun Jamestown’s Elly  Milender skates to the net in front of Williston’s Maddy Kamstra on Saturday at Wilson Arena.

Justin Connell has seen his Jamestown girls hockey team do a 180 this season, but not necessarily in a good way.

The Blue Jays — always short on depth — started the season by playing two competitive periods, often wearing down in the third period.

Lately, however, Jamestown has struggled in the opening period. The Blue Jays gave up four goals in the first 5 1/2 minutes on Saturday in a 7-1 loss to Williston at Wilson Arena.

“The same thing happened last time we played them,” Connell said. “I’m happy with the way we’re finishing games, but we’ve got to find a way to start the game. We’re putting it together, piece-by-piece.”

The blitz started 2 minutes in with a goal from Sydney Haux and was capped by Amanda Nelson’s score 3 minutes, 26 seconds later. Nelson also scored in the second period. The Coyotes had six different girls tally a goal.

Jamestown’s lone goal came from Torri Kamlitz at the 11:22 mark of the second period. Haley Hillstrom and Jade Schafer assisted, cutting the deficit to three at 4-1. The Jays have just two goals in their last six games.

Williston netminder Kennon Schmidt stopped 19 shots.

Jamestown’s Ally Dion played the first two periods, recording 27 saves. Nicole Mayland logged 15 saves in the final period for the Jays, who host West Fargo on Tuesday.

“We’re reaching the end of the season,” Connell said. “We need to start putting a full game together, so we have a good head going into next season.”

Williston 7, Jamestown 1

Williston  4 1 2 — 7

Jamestown  0 1 0 — 1


First period: 1, W, Sydney Haux (Bethanie Pippin), 2:00. 2, W, Jordan Hill (Morgan Watterson), 3:54. 3, W, McKenzie Schroeder (Sam Miller, Elizabeth Goebel), 4:36. 4, W, Amanda Nelson (Keely Kleven, Hill), 5:26.

Second period: 5, J, Torri Kamlitz (Haley Hillstrom, Jade Schafer), 5:38. 6, W, Nelson (Kleven, Watterson), 6:59.

Third period: 7, W, Kleven (unassisted), 6:59. 8, W, Jana Mischke (Goebel), 7:47.

Goalie saves: W, Kennon Schmit 7-6-6—19. J, Ally Dion 15-12-x—27, Nicole Mayland x-x-15—15.

Penalties: W 3 minors, J 3 minors.

Records: Williston 7-7 state, 10-7 overall (21 points). Jamestown 1-13, 1-14 (3).

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