Blue Jays drop West Region opener
There are no do-overs in West Region boys playoff hockey.
Jamestown High School can't take back Thursday's second period against Dickinson at Bismarck's VFW Sports Center, and as a result the Blue Jays are now in survival mode.
The Midgets scored four unanswered goals in the second against the Jays, including a back-breaking short-handed tally by senior Dawson Kram, to power Dickinson to a 6-2 victory over Jamestown in the opening round of the West Region tournament.
Dickinson outshot Jamestown 16-8 in the second and 38-28 in the game. The Blue Jays face Williston this morning at 11 a.m. in a loser-out contest.
"I just didn't think we played a very good second period is all, and hockey is a three-period game," Jamestown coach Matt Stockert said. "I know the boys would do it a lot differently if we could do it all over again.
"You don't want to be learning lessons this time of year, because you're playing for your lives," he added. "But if we think we can show up (today) and not play another three periods of hockey, Williston will have another thing coming for us."
Kram's shortie that put the Midgets up 5-2 midway through the second added insult to injury for Jamestown. It came during Jamestown's fifth power-play opportunity on a day the Blue Jays went 0-for-7 with an extra skater.
"In the first period I thought our power play looked really good, and then all of a sudden it just goes away," Stockert said. "The kids are just trying to do too much individually, instead of passing the puck when they have opportunities to and all that good stuff. It's been a struggle for us off and on all year long, and it's been more off than it's been on."
The Blue Jays put together a solid opening 17-minutes, playing Dickinson to a 2-all tie on back-to-back scores by Parker Stockert and Devin Hofmann. Jamestown's goals came a mere 20 seconds apart and gave the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead with 4 minutes, 20 seconds left in the first.
But Kram stuffed in a rebound with just 23 seconds left in the frame, and Dickinson's Jerzy Martin lit the lamp less than two minutes into the second to give the Midgets the lead for good.
Martin finished with a goal and a pair of assists. Dickinson's Joseph Pavek also scored three points with two goals and one assist.
Neither team found the back of the net in the third. Recording assists for Jamestown were Bryce Nelson, Hunter Beckman and Cole Burkle.
"Give our kids a little bit of credit. They could've just packed it in and quit, and they didn't do that," Stockert said. "We just have to get past this one and learn how to win at 11 o'clock (this morning)."
Jamestown defeated Williston twice this season by the combined score of 11-0. The winner moves on to a state tournament-qualifying game at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday.
"Tyler has a good hockey team over there," Stockert said of Williston coach Tyler Jundt. "We're just going to have to come out and put in 51 minutes of work, and if we do that, which I totally expect we do, we'll be playing on Saturday."
Dickinson 6, Jamestown 2
Jamestown 2 0 0 -- 2
Dickinson 2 4 0 -- 6
FIRST PERIOD: 1. D, Joseph Pavek (unassisted), 4:34; 2. J, Parker Stockert (Bryce Nelson, Hunter Beckman), 12:20; 3. J, Devin Hofmann (Cole Burkle), 12:40; 4. D, Dawson Kram, (unassisted), 16:37.
SECOND PERIOD: 5. D, Jerzy Martin (unassisted), 1:35; 6. D, Pavek (Martin), 7:50; 7. D, Kram (unassisted), 9:33 SH; 8. D, Kaymen Kitchen (Martin, Pavek), 15:07 PP.
THIRD PERIOD: No scoring.
GOALIE SAVES: J, Matthew Schneider 11-12-9--32; D, Gabe Vaagen 11-8-7--26.
PENALTIES: J, 3 minors for 6 minutes; D, 8 minors for 16 minutes.
RECORDS: Dickinson 13-7-1; Jamestown 9-13.