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Blue Jays surprised by Mandan

Hockey can sometimes be a frustrating game to play.

Jamestown High School outshot Mandan to the tune of 49-14 in boys hockey Tuesday night, but somehow came away holding the short end of the stick. The Braves scored twice in the third period on their home ice, handing the Blue Jays a tough 3-1 defeat in West Region hockey.

"I have yet to bark at these young men wearing the blue and white this year for their work ethic," Jamestown coach Matt Stockert said. "It was a good hockey game by our kids. Mandan scored two goals on two turnovers late in the third period when we were trying to push and get ahead, and sometimes that happens to you."

Tied at one goal each in the third, Jamestown turned the puck over behind its own net which led to sophomore Jackson Zittleman netting the go-ahead score with just over seven minutes left to play. Roughly three minutes later, senior defenseman Trae Bennett scored his first goal of the season on a 2-on-1 breakaway to put the game away.

Mandan's sophomore goalie Maysion Mattern played lights-out. He stopped 16 pucks in the first period, 17 in the second and 15 in the third for 48 saves.

Jamestown's junior goalie Matthew Schneider finished with 11 saves.

"Their goaltender, hats off to him. He played a great game," Stockert said. "(The Braves) do things real simple and make things tough, but we found a way to put a lot of pucks on net and a lot them just didn't go in."

Jamestown, the least-penalized team in the state entering the night, was cited for slashing just 49 seconds into the game. Mandan capitalized six seconds later.

Alex Horner deflected in his 14th goal of the season on the power play to put Mandan out front before a minute had passed. Devin Hofmann's sixth goal of the season tied the game with 44 seconds remaining in period No. 2.

Jamestown's Colton Altringer and Leo Halko were credited with assists. The Blue Jays (6-4, 5-3 West Region) went 0-for-5 on power-play chances in the game.

The Blue Jays return home Friday to face the Minot Magicians (5-4-1, 4-2 West Region) at 7:30 p.m. inside John L. Wilson Arena.

"There were opportunities there that we definitely should have buried in the back of the net, and we hope we do the next time we play," Stockert said. "When you outplay a team as badly as we outplayed one tonight, you'd hope to win a hockey game. But for whatever reason it wasn't our night."

Mandan 3, Jamestown 1

Jamestown 0 1 0 -- 1

Mandan 1 0 2 -- 3

SCORING

FIRST PERIOD: 1. M, Alex Horner (Quinn Halstengard, Andrew Morgan), 0:55 PP.

SECOND PERIOD: 2. J, Devin Hofmann (Colton Altringer, Leo Halko), 16:16.

THIRD PERIOD: 3. M, Jackson Zittleman (Halstengard, Horner), 9:32; 4. M, Trae Bennett (Austin Leingang, Morgan), 12:23.

GOALIE SAVES: J, Matthew Schneider 2-7-2--11; M, Maysion Mattern 16-17-15--48.

PENALTIES: J, 3 for 6 minutes; M, 6 for 12 minutes.

RECORDS: Mandan 5-7, 5-3 West Region; Jamestown 6-4, 5-3.

West Fargo 2, Jamestown 1 (OT)

Erin Anderson might have played her best game as a Blue Jay on Tuesday night in West Fargo.

The sophomore goalie faced 60 shots and saved 58 of them, as Jamestown High School narrowly fell 2-1 in overtime to the Packers (8-5 overall). The season has started to trend upwards for Jamestown (2-11 overall) in recent games.

"We played the best game I have seen the girls play all year," Jamestown coach Shaulee Iverson said. "Going into overtime on a penalty kill was tough, but the girls had confidence in themselves. Unfortunately, West Fargo got a lucky shot from the point that got Erin off balance."

West Fargo's Courtney Walsh scored on the power play in the overtime frame to win it. Walsh accounted for both West Fargo scores.

Jamestown senior Elly Millender tied the game in the third period with her fourth goal of the season.

"With only five shots on goal, Elly was able to make her breakaway goal count and honed-in on the back of the net," Iverson said.

The Blue Jays play on the road at Fargo North-South-Shanley on Saturday.

"We are excited to continue to move forward and show the state what else we got," Iverson said.

West Fargo 2, Jamestown 1 (OT)

Jamestown 0 0 1 0 -- 1

West Fargo 0 1 0 1 -- 2

SCORING

FIRST PERIOD: No scoring

SECOND PERIOD: 1. WF, Courtney Walsh (Mady Davies, Mackenzie Jaskowski), 2:18.

THIRD PERIOD: 2. J, Elly Millender (unassisted), 5:44.

OVERTIME: 3. WF, Walsh (Maleah Stromme, Gillian Sauter), 4:43 PP.

GOALIE SAVES: J, Erin Anderson 28-11-16-3--58; WF, LeAnne Brydl 1-1-1-1--4.

PENALTIES: J, 4 for 8 minutes; WF, 4 for 8 minutes.

RECORDS: West Fargo 8-5, 7-2 state; Jamestown 2-11, 0-9 state.

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