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UJ hockey sweeps Williston

Jamestown's Destin Robinson moves the puck during a recent college hockey game at John L. Wilson Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun

The winning streak continues.

University of Jamestown hockey extended its winning streak to nine games after 4-3 and 5-1 wins at Williston State College this weekend.

"It's really good to see the guys' hard work paying off," said Jimmie hockey coach Cole Bell.

On Friday, the Jimmies took a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission, but Williston scored two unanswered goals to take a 3-2 lead with nine minutes left in the third period.

Jeremy McNeil responded for the Jimmies 13 seconds later to tie the game. Phoenix McElroy-Scott scored the game-winner two minutes later

"Friday wasn't our strongest effort. It wasn't our best game," Bell said. "The leaders really stepped up. We wanted to do everything to take their momentum away."

Steven Schmitt made his first career start in goal for Jamestown, as Bell decided to rest starting keeper Tyson Brouwer. Schmitt made 33 saves in the victory.

On Saturday, Jamestown scored four unanswered goals. The Jimmies scored one in the first period, three in the second and added another in the third.

"After Friday night we knew it wasn't our best effort," Bell said. "We put an extra importance on getting out to a good start."

Tyler Forrest scored for Williston with 13 seconds left in the third period to stop the shut out.

Jamestown hosts Midland University next weekend.

"We'll start our pregame stuff early this week," Bell said. "It's not much about Midland, it's more about us and what we can control and make sure we are playing the right way."

Friday's game

(11) Jamestown 4, Williston State 3

JAM 2 0 2 -- 4

WSC1 1 1 -- 3

Scoring

First period

1. J, Allan Pruss (Graeme Close), 1:32; 7. 2. W, Nikita Zgirskis (Ryan Gruszka, Cole Weltikol), 4:51; 15. 3. J, Jeremy McNeil (Dylan Haney), 18:51; 5.

Second period

4. W, Payton Okon (Matthew Winkle, William Hagel Landsverk), 13:17; 7.

Third period

5. W, Dalton Johnson (Dylan Lincoln), 11:34; 7. 6. McNeil (Haney, Trevor Okino), 11:47; 6. J, Phoenix McElroy-Scott (Haney), 13:42; 8.

Goalie saves: W, Santeri Seppinan 15-14-19--48; J, Steven Schmitt 12-11-10--33.

Penalties: W, 7 minors for 14 minutes. J, 5 minors for 10 minutes.

Records: Jamestown 17-12-0-1. Williston 15-13-1-0.

Saturday's game

(11) Jamestown 5, Williston State 3

WIL 0 0 1 -- 1

JAM 1 3 1 -- 5

Scoring

First period

1. J, Bryson Yee (Destin Robinson, Bryan Kromm), 13:38; 1.

Second period

2. J, Eric Buckley (Phoenix McElroy-Scott, Dylan Haney), 7:13; 11. 3. J, Michael Pruss (Allan Pruss, Ned Simpson), 9:47; 6. 4. J, Cole McKechney (Buckley), 15:19; 6.

Third period

5. J, Buckley (Trevor Okino), 8:08; 12. 6. W, Tyler Forrest (Chris Hille), 19:47; 18.

Goalie saves: W, Arren Romeril 21-9--30, Santeri Seppinan 4-13--17. J, Tyson Brouwer 8-2-13--23

Penalties: W, 8 minors for 16 minutes. J, 10 minors for 20 minutes.

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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