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Jays struggle late in loss

Putting three periods together has been a problem early on for the Blue Jays.

Unfortunately, it happened again Friday night in Rugby.

The Blue Jays held high-powered Bottineau scoreless for the first period and allowed just one goal through two frames, but the Braves caught fire in the third and rallied for a 6-2 win.

“That’s kind of been our nemesis up to this point where one bad period really kind of does us in,” said head coach Matt Stockert. “If we can figure out how to play 51 minutes of hockey, I think we’ll be OK. We’re capable of doing it for sure, but we have to start getting it done.”

The Blue Jays dominated the opening frame and Brandon Stahlhut scored at 9:56 and less than three minutes later Nick Stockert beat Riley Nelson for a 2-0 Jamestown lead. Austin Rene assisted on the Stahlhut goal, while Lux was credited with an assist on the Stockert tally.

The Braves, unbeaten in West Region play at 4-0, cut the lead in half with the lone goal of the second period before they kicked it into high gear in the third with their high-scoring duo of Luke Amsbaugh and Harrison Aide leading the way. The two entered the game with nearly 50 combined points. They added to the total in the final period as Amsbaugh had a goal and an assist while Aide lit the lamp twice.

“The first two periods we did a nice job taking care of those kids, but in the third period we let them run wild and when they run wild they can do a lot of damage,” Stockert said.

Casey Tooke got the go-ahead goal at 5:35, just 27 seconds after Amsbaugh tied it at 2-all.

“You can look at the games we’ve been in and it’s been a common theme of having that one period that kills us,” Stockert said. “I’m still not in panic mode, I’m really not. I feel like we have the pieces to get the ship righted.”

The Blue Jays (1-4 West Region, 1-6 overall) have a few days off before they crank it back up for another road game when they travel to Hazen to face the Northstars Dec. 30.

“Winning in their barn is never easy, but we’ll have a good couple days of preparation and try to go over there and get a win,” Stockert said.

Bottineau-Rugby 6, Jamestown 2

Jamestown 2 0 0 — 2

Bottineau-Rugby 0 1 5 — 6

Scoring summary

First period

1, JHS, Brandon Stahlhut (Austin Rene), 9:56; 2, JHS, Nick Stockert (Jakobi Lux), 12:49.

Second period

3, BR, Noah Grant, 4:19.

Third period

4, BR, Luke Amsbaugh (Cody Bedlion) 5:08; 5, BR, Casey Tooke (Austyn Lorenz, Bedlion), 5:35; 6, BR, Harrison Aide, 9:02; 7, BR, Nick Schaan, 11:22; 8, BR, 11:53, Aide (Amsbaugh).

Goalie saves: Jamestown, Brian Wenszel 8-8-9—25. Bottineau-Rugby, Riley Monson 13-10-8—31.

Penalties: Jamestown 4 for 8 minutes. Bottineau-Rugby 3 for 6 minutes.

Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701) 952-8460 or by e-mail at

Dave Selvig
Selvig has been a sports writer at The Sun since 1999 and sports editor since 2009.
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