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Blue Jays bring effort in Bismarck

Blue Jay boys hockey was unable to secure a victory Thursday at Bismarck's Wachter Arena after putting forth its best effort of the season.

Bismarck High's Dain Sardelli and Caleb Petrie were able to sneak pucks past Jamestown goalie Matthew Schneider, who played solid all evening, lifting the Demons to a 2-0 victory over the Blue Jays.

Bismarck outshot a pesky flock of Jays 53-19, who missed some opportunities on the power play. The Demons racked up nine minor penalties on senior night.

"That was probably the best game we've played all year," said Jamestown coach Matt Stockert. "We had opportunities on the power play and we just couldn't find the back of the net for some reason. But the bottom line is I'm pretty proud of the kids who are sitting in that room right now."

Schneider came away with 51 saves, including 25 in the third period. It was the first time all season the Blue Jays (11-9-0), who dropped a close 3-2 contest to the Demons earlier this winter at John L. Wilson Arena, failed to score a goal.

But Stockert is liking the momentum the Jays have built heading into the postseason, which included Tuesday's 6-0 victory over Mandan. Jamestown will face Dickinson in a matchup between the region's fourth and fifth seeds to open the West Region tournament Thursday in Minot.

"All our boys decided tonight that they were gonna battle," Stockert said. "I think if we put 51 minutes in against Dickinson like we did today, I really like our chances of moving on and playing in the semifinals Friday night."

Bismarck 2, Jamestown 0

JAM 0 0 0 -- 0

BIS 0 2 0 -- 2


Second period

1. B, Dain Sardelli (Dayton Deics, Connor Martire), 1:52; 2. B, Caleb Petrie (TJ Ball, Grayden Stone), 4:23.

Goalie saves: J, Matthew Schneider 14-12-25--51. B, Austin Martin 3-8-8--19.

Penalties: J, 6 for 12 minutes. B, 9 for 18 minutes.

Records: Bismarck 10-2-0, 15-6-0. Jamestown 7-7-0, 11-9-0.

Michael Savaloja

Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota

A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.

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