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Demons top Jays for fifth place

GRAND FORKS--The Jamestown High School boys hockey team's historic season came to a end against Bismarck Saturday afternoon in the state tournament. Zac Schmidt ultimately sank Jamestown's chances at fifth-place with a late third-period goal to g...

Bismarck defenseman Kadin Sullivan and Jamestown's Devin Hofmann tumble to the ice during Saturday's N.D. State Hockey tournament fifth place matchup in Grand Forks. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald
Bismarck defenseman Kadin Sullivan and Jamestown's Devin Hofmann tumble to the ice during Saturday's N.D. State Hockey tournament fifth place matchup in Grand Forks. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

GRAND FORKS-The Jamestown High School boys hockey team's historic season came to a end against Bismarck Saturday afternoon in the state tournament.

Zac Schmidt ultimately sank Jamestown's chances at fifth-place with a late third-period goal to give Bismarck High a 3-1 victory at Olympic Arena in Grand Forks.

"It was a good hockey game," said Blue Jays coach Matt Stockert. "We felt like if we could spread it out there late in the third period we'd get some opportunities and we did, just didn't score."

Preston Wachter opened the scoring 7 minutes, 30 seconds into the first period after converting a rebound past Jamestown goalie Matthew Schneider, and the Blue Jays were unable to capitalize on a big opportunity in the second.

Bismarck's Landon Fischer was sent to the penalty box for five minutes after picking up a major infraction for a check from behind. But after being unable to score with the man advantage for more than four minutes, a hooking minor on the Jays wiped out the remaining 45 seconds on the Bismarck major.

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"We were close on three chances," Stockert said about the major. "It felt like our kids gave everything they had today but it just wasn't enough."

Chase Fuhrman scored a puck with a crowd in front after all the penalties concluded to double up the Demons lead.

Jamestown senior Devin Hofmann responded 30 seconds later off a feed from Parker Stockert, sniping a shot between the goalpost and Bismarck goalie Austin Martin to cut the deficit in half.

"It went from Tommy Falk, over to Parker and Parker tossed it over to Devin," Stockert said. "Those are goals you want to see go in."

The Blue Jays were within striking distance in the third period until Schmidt got the Demons out to a two-goal lead.

"It's really bittersweet to be honest," Stockert said about the loss. "You always want to play on the last day of the hockey season so we accomplished that. On the flip side we had a chance to win a hockey game here and there's some disappointed kids in the locker room, which is a good thing."

The Blue Jays will bring back 19-goal scorer 8th grader Alex Senf, sophomore Tommy Falk, freshman Jace Thompson and many others.

"It's why I keep coming back," Stockert said. "As a coach you do it because you love the game and if you're not in it to help kids develop not only as better hockey players but better individuals you're doing it for the wrong reasons."

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Jamestown will graduate eight seniors that combined for 138 points (57 goals and 80 assists).

Hofmann led the Blue Jays with 38 points (26 goals and 12 assists) and Connor Fuchs had 31 points (7, 24).

Schneider saved 113 shots during the state tournament, while allowing 13 goals.

"Hats off to the group in the senior class in the room right now," Stockert said. "It starts with the senior class and we wouldn't be here without those boys. To say they're easily replaceable-there's no way man. You can't replace a group like that.

"It's good for Jamestown hockey in general, good for the community and school. Hopefully we can figure out how to impress like we did this weekend."

Bismarck 3, Jamestown 1

JAM 0 1 0 -- 1

BIS 1 1 1 -- 3

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First period

1. B, Preston Wachter (TJ Ball), 7:30; 2.

Second period

2. B, Chase Fuhrman (Caleb Price, Grayden Stone), 11:51; 7; 3. J, Devin Hofmann (Parker Stockert, Tommy Falk), 12:26; 26.

Third period

4. B, Zac Schmidt (Braxton Neas, Fuhrman), 6:17; 6.

Goalie saves: B, Austin Martin 8-8-9--25. J, Matthew Schneider 12-16-7--35.

Penalties: B, 6 minors for 12 minutes and 10 minute game misconduct. J, 6 penalties for 12 minutes.

Records: BIS 19-8. JAM 14-12.

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