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Blue Jays notch nine against Coyotes Saturday

The Jamestown High School girls hockey team hosted Williston on Dec. 11

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Bernadette Belzer (15) fights through a slew of Bismarck Blizzard defensemen on Dec. 3 in Bismarck. Courtesy Matt Mullally / WDA Executive Secretary

Williston probably wished that Blue Jay netminder Olivia Sorlie was still nursing a broken wrist on Saturday afternoon.

Unfortunately for the Coyotes, Sorlie and the rest of the Blue Jays' wrists were in perfect working condition and responsible for Williston's third loss of the season.

Sorlie and the Jamestown High School girls hockey team topped Williston 9-2 to secure the Jays' first home win of the season. The win pushes the Jays' record to 2-3 overall. Jamestown will be back in action next Saturday hosting Grand Forks at 1:30 p.m.

"This win was definitely needed," Sorlie said.

Sorlie made 22 saves off the Coyotes' 24 shots on goal. The sophomore tallied 41 saves in the Blue Jays' 3-1 loss to Minot Friday night, for a weekend total of 63. Sorlie has been skating for the Jays the last four years, but the 2021-22 season marks the sophomore's first year in goal as the Jays lost two-year-starter Erika Anderson to graduation last spring.

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Fitzgerald said that Sorlie, who tended goal for the Jays' soccer team for four games last spring, was a natural selection as she understands the pressure and demands of the position. After her sophomore golf season concluded this fall, Sorlie took to the ice with University of Jamestown goalie Tyson Brouwer who showed her the ropes and got the sophomore in game shape.

"He's been really helpful," Sorlie said of Brouwer's help. "The mentality is definitely the same between soccer and hockey, but there are a lot more shots in hockey and it's faster-paced so you always have to be ready.

"When Coach approached me, I was really excited but nervous at the same time. My teammates had my back and they knew I could do it. I think I am doing pretty good and I am starting to like goalie a lot more now."

Sorlie has been in pretty great game shape since the Jays kicked off the season on Nov. 27 in Bottineau. The sophomore has only allowed 14 goals, across the five games, eight of which came against West Fargo United. She has made 132 saves and is currently posting a 90.3 save percentage.

It wasn't just Sorlie that the Coyotes wished wasn't handling her stick so well.

After six minutes and 24 seconds of trading shots, Ellie Krueger broke through to make it a 1-0 game. The freshman came up with the puck off a pair of assists from Bernadette Belzer and Alexis Kirkeby and responded accordingly, putting the biscuit in between the posts.

The score was Krueger's second of the season as the freshman also notched a goal in the team's season opener up in Bottineau on Nov. 27.

Kirkeby and Belzer both turned from assisters to goal scorers themselves later in the first period. Kirkeby controlled the puck down the ice and went 1-on-1 with Bervig. Kirkeby won the battle and slid the puck into the right corner.

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Jamestown tried a series of shots on Bervig until one off the stick of Belzer made it 3-0 Blue Jays with a minute left to play in the first.

Williston would end up going into the locker room only down by two though.

Sophomore forward Jaidyn Nass got loose and went 1-on-1 with Sorlie. Nass flicked the puck over Sorlie's head and found the open space behind the first-year goaltender.

Williston was far from down and out as, less than two minutes into the second, they were a goal away from tying things up at three. Mckenna Rehak flipped the biscuit past Sorlie with 1:54 gone in the second.

"Our focus was to come out in the second and not let that first goal be a momentum changer then they come out and score again right away," Fitzgerald said. "In the back of our minds, it was like 'uh-oh, it's 3-2 now' but the girls really responded well from that and we got the puck out on their end."

Back-to-back goals from Hannah Soulis and Kirkeby put the home team up by two with nine minutes remaining. Soulis's tap-in from Savannah Potratz and Aspen Humes was the senior's first goal of the season.

Three Blue Jays would end the game with more than one goal, and Soulis was one of them.

The senior netted the Jays' sixth goal of the game off an assist from Kirkeby and Arya Mickelson to give the Blue Jays a 6-2 advantage over the visiting Coyotes. One play later, off a face-off, Krueger scored her second of the game, shooting a bar down off some help from Kirkeby and Liv Frohlich.

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"It was good to see the resilience and rebounding from that situation," Fitzgerald said. "We spread the goal-scoring out a little bit, which is good for the whole team's confidence because you need more than just one person scoring all of your goals. It was good to see the different lines creating some offense for us."

Kirkeby capped off the Jays' five-goal second period with another unassisted score while Belzer got the third period started with a push to the back of the net off an assist from Havyn Hatcher to make it 9-2 Blue Jays.

Jamestown 9, Williston 2

WIL 1 1 0 -- 2

JHS 3 5 1 -- 9

Scoring

First period: 1. JHS, Ellie Krueger (Bernadette Belzer, Alexis Kirkeby), 6:24; 2. Kirkeby (unassisted), 11:43; 3. Bernadette Belzer (Kirkeby, Makenna Nold) 16:00; 4. WIL, Jaidyn Nass (unassisted), 16:48.

Second period: 5. WIL, Mckenna Hehak (Cece Bakken, Nass), 1:54 6. JHS, Hannah Soulis (Savannah Potratz, Aspen Humes) 3:26; 7. JHS, Kirkeby (unassisted) 6:43; 8. Soulis (Kirkeby, Arya Mickelson) 11:54; 9. Krueger (Kirkeby, Liv Frohlich) 12:24; 10. Kirkeby (unassisted), 14:09.

Third period: 11. JHS, Belzer (Havyn Hatcher), 6:00.

Goalie saves: WIL, Olivia Bervig, 15-11-7--33; JHS, Olivia Sorlie 6-11-5--22.

Penalties: WIL 5 for 10 minutes; JHS 2 for 4 minutes.

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Katie Ringer is a sports reporter for the Jamestown Sun. Katie joined the Sun staff in the summer of 2019 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a degree in journalism. She can be reached by email at kringer@jamestownsun.com or by phone at 701-952-8460.
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