Jimmies top third-ranked Illinois
If anyone blinked at the start of Friday's ACHA Division I hockey clash at John L. Wilson Arena, they missed Dylan Haney score the fastest first-period goal in University of Jamestown history.
Haney turned over University of Illinois in the Jimmie zone and beat Fighting Illini goalie Jake Barnhart on the breakaway 17 seconds into the contest. Jamestown beat third-ranked Illinois 3-2, and the two teams will face each other for Round 2 tonight at 7 p.m.
"It was that early, I don't even know if (Barnhart) was in the game yet," said Haney, a sophomore forward from Brandon, Manitoba, who played his junior hockey for the Grand Forks Border Bruins. "But I was looking shot the whole way, so fortunately it went in. I read the play early and it was nice to get that first one and not play from behind for once."
The win was a sweet one for the 16th-ranked Jimmies after the Fighting Illini ended UJ's season last March. Illinois topped the orange and black 3-1 in the opening round of the ACHA DI national tournament in Columbus, Ohio.
"It definitely left a bitter taste in our mouth, for sure," Haney said. "But the weekend's not over. (Illinois) is going to come out flying tomorrow night."
Jamestown didn't show any lag coming off Thursday's 15-2 romp of Utah at Wilson Arena, but a third game in three days against a top-flight opponent should put the Jimmies (3-2-0-1) to the test.
"Coming off a game like last night is never easy, especially when you've got to come out and play a good team like Illinois," said Jimmie head hockey coach Cole Bell. "That's a tough adjustment to make overnight, and it just shows we're a veteran team now. We've got a bunch of juniors on the team, they've been through this before and knew what to expect.
"Maybe not our sharpest night, but we found a way to win regardless."
Jamestown went up 2-0 in the second period behind Cameron Todd's team-leading fourth goal of the season. The tally came minutes after Jamestown burned 1 minute of Fighting Illini 5-of-3 play and another minute of 5 of 4.
Illinois would get one back, shorthanded, off the stick of Jon Moskaluk with 1:12 left in the second, but the Jimmies responded nearly automatically. Allan Pruss buried his second goal of the season, finishing off the UJ power play with 30 seconds left in the frame and a 3-1 Jimmie lead.
"We just need to stick to our game," said Illinois head coach Nick Fabbrini. "I thought that it took us a little while—almost into the second period—to get to our game today.
"We just weren't sharp and you've got to give (Jamestown) credit, they came out ready to play."
Minor penalties began to mount by the third period, with the teams combining for 16 minor infractions when it was all said and done. Illinois used the power play to light the lamp for a second time, scored by Charley Salk, with 13:51 remaining. But two opportunities with a man advantage late went by the wayside for the visitors.
The Jimmies killed tripping and hooking minors over the final 8 minutes, and also fended off six skaters over the final 120 seconds.
Jamestown junior goalkeeper Tyson Brouwer was unbeatable, especially in the third when it mattered most. The Lethbridge, Alberta, native posted 37 total saves, including 17 in the final frame when the Illini outshot the Jimmies 18-4.
"We know they have a good goalie and that's something we talked about all week coming into this," Fabbrini said. "He played great tonight and our special teams have got to be better."
Illinois (4-1-1-0) was coming off a 2-1 overtime loss at Minot State on Thursday, after picking up two wins each over Michigan State and Illinois State to start the season.
"Penalties almost killed us tonight, and part of that was just us trying to adjust to the speed," Bell said "If we are going to come back and win tomorrow night, we can't do it like tonight. It's going to have to be a cleaner game, a sharper game and definitely less penalties.
(16) Jamestown 3, (3) Illinois 2
UI 0 1 1 -- 2
UJ 1 2 0 -- 3
1. UJ, Dylan Haney, 0:17.
2. UJ, Cameron Todd (Trevor Okino), 8:45; 3. UI, Jon Moskaluk (Stephen Quinn), 18:48 SH; 4. Allan Pruss (Todd, Michael Pruss) PP, 19:30.
5. UI, Charley Salk (Thomas Kolaz, Tyler Opilka), 6:09 PP.
Goalkeeper saves: UI, Jake Barnhart 14-7-4--25. UJ, Tyson Brouwer 8-12-17--37.
Penalties: UI, 7 for 14 minutes. UJ, 9 for 18 minutes.
Records: Jamestown 3-2-0-1. Illinois 4-1-1-0.