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UJ hockey breaks scoring record

Utah's Matthew Perry, left, looks on as Jamestown's Allan Pruss skates toward the puck Thursday at John L. Wilson Arena. In the background is Michael Pruss. John M. Steiner / The Sun

University of Jamestown coach Cole Bell has labeled his hockey team as a "scoring by committee" squad. Thursday night at John L. Wilson Arena was the perfect example.

Eleven Jimmies scored a goal as they defeated University of Utah 15-2 during the first of three contests this weekend at home. The 15 goals scored is a new UJ single-game record.

"Those are rare," Bell said with a laugh. "It's one of those nights where everything worked, everything was clicking and we got all the bounces."

Added forward Michael Pruss: "Obviously putting up a lot of goals on the board gets the guys' confidence going."

The Jimmies were held scoreless during the first six minutes but they erupted for four goals in less than three minutes to take a 4-0 advantage. A goal by Cayle Bell with just over three minutes remaining in the first period extended the lead to five.

"That's something we talked a lot about," Bell said about the early goals. "We want to make sure we're playing a full 60 minutes."

Utah opened the scoring in the second period with a pair of goals against backup goalie David Anderson, who was making his first start for Jamestown.

"I was impressed with Anderson in net," Bell said. "It may seem easy for a goalie but it's tough not being in a routine. He held his composure and stayed sharp throughout."

Bell used Anderson on Thursday to allow ACHA honorable-mention netminder Tyson Brouwer rest for back-to-back home games against third-ranked University of Illinois today and Saturday.

"We have three games this weekend and Anderson has been working hard in practice," Bell said. "So we wanted to give him some time and we saw a lot of success because of that tonight."

The Jimmies stayed on a 15-goal pace with another five in the second period. Pruss led the Jimmies in tallies with a hat trick.

The Jimmies play the first of four games against the Fighting Illini this evening, at team that eliminated Jamestown from the ACHA national tournament last season. Illinois lost to Minot State University 2-1 in overtime this past Wednesday.

"Tomorrow's going to be a tougher matchup," Bell said. "We're going to raise the intensity level a little bit and be ready to make plays a little quicker tonight. It'll be a faster, physical and a lot more emotional of game for sure.

"It'll probably be a tight game, so one mistake either way could cost one of the teams."

University of Jamestown 15, University of Utah 2

UU 0 2 0

UJ 5 5 5

First period

1. J, Michael Pruss (Allen Pruss), 6:01; 2. J, Josh Stephens (Jason Richter, Brandon Schaber), 8:32; 3. J, Pruss (Cole Sonstebo), 9:58; 4. J, Kyle Baron (Trevor Okino), 9:19; 5. J, Cayle Bell (Kyle Baron), 17:40.

Second period

6. U, Zach Currier (Zach Jerome), 3:36; 7. U, Guy Petrie (Connor Meaney), 5:36; 8. J, Richter (Sonstebo, McKechney), 7:29; 9. Todd (Destin Robinson, Schaber), 9:58; 10. Richter (Jeremy McNeil, McKechney); 11. Okino (Unassisted); 18:31; 12. Tyler Chavez-Leech (Pruss, Allen Pruss), 19:09.

Third period

13. J, Todd (Sonstebo, Stevens), 4:36; 14. Sonstebo (Todd, Robinson), 9:30; 15. (Bryson Yee), 11:50; 16. M. Pruss (Chavez-Leech, Todd).

Records: University of Jamestown 3-3. University of Utah 3-2.

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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