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Mayland saves the day for Jays

Chances, chances, chances.

The Dickinson girls hockey team had plenty of chances to put goals on the board.

However, Nicole Mayland made 37 saves as Jamestown defeated the Midgets 2-1 in a statewide game on Friday at Dickinson Recreation Center.

“We played pretty well,” Dickinson head coach Al Takle said. “We kept the puck in their zone. We really took it to them. We just had a couple mental lapses and they got a couple odd-man rushes and ended up scoring. If we could have just got one those that rolled across their goal line, it would have helped us.”

Mayland’s lone mishap came in the first period, when Rachel Lantz scored on a Kira Zastoupil rebound to give the Midgets a 1-0 lead at the 10-minute mark.

The lead was short-lived as Jamestown (3-16, 3-15 statewide) answered with a power-play goal from Sydney Soulis. The Midgets were called for a penalty at the 2:08 mark and the Blue Jays scored 6 seconds later.

“We’ve been working on our power play quite a bit,” Jamestown head coach Justin Connell said. “Getting the draw and putting the puck in the net gave us a lot of confidence going into the end of the period. Anytime you can tie the game like that in an away rink, it helps the team out.”

After the Midgets outshot the Blue Jays 17-7 in the first period, Dickinson (4-12, 2-12 statewide) finished with a 21-15 advantage on shots on goal.

After a scoreless second period, the two teams were going into the final 17 minutes tied 1-1.

Jamestown’s Torri Kamlitz managed to sneak past a Dickinson defender for a breakaway third-period goal with 7:13 remaining.

“I told the girls that we can win this game if we keep putting shots on net,” Connell said. “We tried to create 2 on 1’s and beating their defense wide and I thought we did that.”

The Midgets continued to get shots on goal, but Mayland stonewalled the opposition. Dickinson junior goalie Kelsey Gillen finished with 21 saves.

The Blue Jays are back in action tonight at Devils Lake. They finish the season at Wilson Arena Saturday night against Dickinson.

Jamestown 2, Dickinson 1

Jamestown 1 0 1 — 2

Dickinson 1 0 0 — 1

First period

1, DHS, Rachel Lantz (Kira Zastoupil) 10:00. 2, JHS, Sydney Soulis (Brenna Pritchert), 2:02.

Second period

No scoring.

Third period

3, JHS, Torri Kamlitz (unassisted), 7:13.

Saves: JHS, Nicole Mayland 16-8-13–37. DHS, Kelsey Gillen 6-7-8–21.