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Demons roll in Jays' home opener

Having outscored its first five opponents 37-2, the undefeated Bismarck High School boys hockey team has hardly been tested. On Thursday night, Jamestown may not have come close, but their offense tested the Demons better than any team this seaso...

Having outscored its first five opponents 37-2, the undefeated Bismarck High School boys hockey team has hardly been tested. On Thursday night, Jamestown may not have come close, but their offense tested the Demons better than any team this season. Still, Bismarck came away with a 9-3 West Region win at Wilson Arena. "They're good-they might be better than two years ago when they won state, and we're not even into February yet," Jamestown coach Matt Stockert said. "They're only gonna get better." Still, Stockert was in good spirits about the loss, as his team adjusted after giving up four of the Demons' nine goals in the first period including a four-minute stretch where they scored three quck ones. "There's nothing to freak out about," Stockert said. "We're in the right positions doing the right things. We're just not winning the battles we need to in order to be successful against good teams." Chase Fuhrman struck from Marcus Kopp 5 minutes, 6 seconds into the game, and Grayden Stone and TJ Irey followed, giving the Demons a 3-0 advantage less than 9 minutes in. "You want to get off to a fast start, no matter who you're playing," Bismarck coach Mike Peluso said. "We've had a tendency in past years not to do that. We've got some kids that can do some damage, so that's nice to see." Senior standout Austin Rene provided Jamestown's first answer, with assists to Connor Fuchs and Cole Burkle. But Irey added one more before the end of the first and picked up his hat trick 33 seconds into the third. Jamestown added one more in each of the final two periods, as Kelton Beedy slapped one in from just inside the blue line and Gage Thompson scored the last one late in the third. Rene assisted on both, and as did Thompson on Beedy's goal. "That's a positive-nobody had put three on them," Stockert said. "We only had 16 shots on net, and we probably had five-to-seven opportunities where we flat-out missed the net." Hunter Lauer had 13 saves in the win, which improved the Demons to 6-0 this season. Jamestown's Zach Hanson stopped 22 shots in the first period, and teammate Matt Schneider finished out the game with 47 saves the rest of the way. The Blue Jays play host to Williston at 5:30 p.m., on Saturday. Bismarck High 9, Jamestown 3 First period: 1, B, Chase Fuhrman (Marcus Kopp), 5:06. 2, B, Grayden Stone (Fuhrman, Johnny Witzke), 6:30. 3, B, TJ Irey (Eric Pladsen, Cullen Irey), 8:42. 4, J, Austin Rene (Connor Fuchs, Cole Burkle), 14:33. 5, B, TJ Irey (C. Irey, Andrew Huber), 16:39, power play. Second period: 6, B, TJ Irey (Witzke, C. Irey), 0:33. 7, B, Bryce Nybo (Alex Russell), 6:57. 8, J, Kelton Beedy (Gage Thompson, Rene), 9:04. 9, B, Huber (Ben Yantes, Pladsen), 9:56. Third period: 10, B, Jaxon Ford (Nybo, Russell), 6:41. 11, B, Huber (Lenertz), 8:54. 12, J, Thompson (Rene), 13:32. Goalie saves: B, Hunter Lauer 4-7-2--13. J, Zach Hanson 22-x-x--22, Matthew Schneider x-25-22--47. Penalties: B, 1 major, 3 minors. J, 1 major, 6 minors. Records: Bismarck 4-0 West Region (12 points), 6-0 overall. Jamestown 1-1 (3), 1-2.

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