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Demons best Jays

Jamestown is still alive for the No. 4 seed in the West Region, but it didn’t do itself any favors on Thursday night.

Bismarck High dumped a trio of goals on the Blue Jays in the second period en route to a 5-1 boys hockey win at the VFW Sports Center.

Demons leading scorer Jared Spooner keyed the attack in the second, scoring a goal and contributing assists on the other two. The win gave the Demons the regular-season title and the No. 1 seed for the West Region tournament, which starts Thursday in Minot.

“They’re a good team — they’re not gonna give you much,” Jamestown coach Matt Stockert said. “They don’t make it easy on you and it gets frustrating at times.”

Jamestown looked to be in decent shape after one, considering it’s the first period that’s given the Blue Jays trouble this season. A rebound goal from Jack Jensen with an assist to Brady Hoggarth tied the game at one late in the first, sending the game tied into the second period.

“Those are the kind of goals you end up scoring against good teams like Bismarck,” Stockert said. “You’ve got to work and grind to put something on the board. When you do, you better make it count.”

The next 18 minutes did the Blue Jays in, as Bismarck held a 4-1 lead after two. The Demons added a goal in the third period, but Stockert said he was relatively pleased with how the final stanza went.

“We just need to win some of these races to the puck against good teams,” Stockert said.

Bismarck outshot Jamestown 45-11, as Jays goalie Brian Wenzel collected 40 saves in the loss.

Jamestown can finish no worse than fifth in the West Region out of nine teams and is guaranteed to play in the 1:30 p.m. game at the region tournament.

However, if Bottineau-Rugby loses its home game to Bismarck Century tonight, Jamestown could tie the Braves for fourth by beating them at home on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Arena, giving both teams 28 points. Regardless, a loss tonight would mean the Braves and Jays are locked into playing each other in the opening round.

Though he wasn’t absolutely positive, Stockert said ties are broken by goal differential. Bottineau-Rugby took a 6-2 win at home over Jamestown earlier this season, meaning the Jays would have to win by at least four goals to bump Bottineau-Rugby out of the No. 4 spot.

The two teams meet at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, before Jamestown’s basketball doubleheader at home against Belcourt.

Bismarck High 5, Jamestown 1

Jamestown 1 0 0 — 1

Bismarck 1 3 1 — 5

First period: B, Parker Herring (Brandon Gieszler, Mick Folske), 2:02. 2, J, Jack Jensen (Brady Hoggarth), 14:53, power play.

Second period: 3. B, Tre Kautzman (Jared Spooner, Ryan Gustafson), 6:36. 4. B, Spooner (Cole Olson, Jake Heinert), 6:56. 5. B, Johnny Witzke (Kautzman, Spooner), 10:55).

Third period: 6. B, Matzke (Witzke, Stephen Dora), 10:54.

Goalie saves: J, Brian Wenzel 16-12-12—40. B, Brett Malkmus 5-2-3—10.

Penalties: J 2-4 min. B 4-8.

Records: Jamestown 8-6 region, 8-11 overall (25 points). Bismarck 10-2, 16-4 (40).

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