Jimmies men's hockey get 2-1 OT national tourney win over Niagara

The Jimmies outshot the Purple Eagles 45-36 in the win.

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University of Jamestown's Reid Wilson (11) looks for the puck behind Liam Gritsuk of Illinois State on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023, at John L. Wilson Arena.
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MARLBOROUGH, MASS — For the first time in program history, the University of Jamestown has gotten a win at the ACHA National Championships. The Jimmies got a 2-1 overtime win over Niagara University on Saturday, March 18, at the NESC Rink.

The Jimmies (22-10) opened the scoring when Reid Wilson cleaned up a rebound in front to push the Jimmies in front 1-0 with 15:38 to go in the second period. The Purple Eagles (23-14) tied the game up when Seth Coulter scored to make it 1-1 with 10:29 to go in the second period. Midway through the second, the Jimmies were forced to kill off a five-minute major to Jordan Baraneksy who cross-checked a Purple Eagle into the boards. On the ensuing Purple Eagles' power play, they were able to get five shots on goal.

Despite the teams combining for 32 shots in the third period, neither team would be able to break the deadlock. With 15:35 to go in overtime, the Jimmies’ Brad Fortin intercepted a puck at center ice, skated down the right side and deked past two defenders before cleaning up his own rebound to send the Jimmies bench flying onto the ice to celebrate the 2-1 win. After they lept on their freshman winger, the team made their way to the other end where they hugged freshman goalie Brandon Weare who made 35 saves in the win.

The Jimmies return to the ice at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, when they take on Ohio University.

NU 1, UJ 2


NU: 0 1 0 0–1

UJ: 0 1 0 1–2

Scoring Plays:

Second Period:

UJ: Reid Wilson (PP), 4:24

NU: Seth Coulter, 9:31


UJ: Brad Fortin, 4:42


Goalie matchup:

NU: Grant Zell: 43 saves on 45 shots, two goals allowed

UJ: Brandon Weare: 35 saves on 36 shots, one goal allowed

My name is Max O'Neill. I am a Sports Reporter at The Jamestown Sun. I am a native New Yorker, who graduated from Ithaca College in 2020 with a degree in Television-Radio.
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