CLUTCH GOAL: JHS girls beat Knightriders for first time since 2012
Kylie Mitchell's first goal of the year couldn't have come at a better time for Jamestown High School girls hockey.
The senior forward broke a 3-3 tie with less than 4 minutes remaining in overtime Thursday against Grand Forks at John L. Wilson Arena. Jamestown defeated the Knightriders 4-3, earning six points in the statewide standings.
Jamestown (7-11-1, 5-9-0 state) is up to 18 points on the season, tied with Dickinson, Devils Lake and Minot for sixth place.
"It's so amazing to finally put our hard work together and pull off a win against one of the top tier teams," Mitchell said. "I can't explain it."
The game-winning pass came from sophomore forward Kaycee Johnson from behind the net. Johnson's pass landed on Mitchell's forehand, and she potted the goal past Grand Forks' Kendra Nordick.
"I just wound up and fired it as hard as I could," Mitchell said. "I wasn't expecting anything to come from it, but it popped in. I didn't even see it go in, I just saw people scream."
Jamestown last defeated Grand Forks in 2012. The Blue Jays defeated the Knightriders 6-5 and 5-3 that season, but lost to G.F. in the third-place game of the state tournament, 4-1.
"I didn't know about that one," Blue Jay coach Andy Fitzgerald said about the 2,225 days between victories. "It's a double-point game so it's basically two wins tonight. But we still have three really big games coming up."
Jamestown took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission after goals by sophomore Ella Roaldson and Alexis Kirkeby at 3:59 and 15:19, respectively.
"They got one right away in the first 30 seconds and we didn't hang our heads," Fitzgerald said. "We just fought right back. They had the lead three separate times and we came back each time."
Grand Forks' Abby Schauer netted a backhand, shorthanded goal to tie the game at 2-2 after period No. 2.
"We just went hard and put pressure on the puck," Fitzgerald said. "We did our best to contain No. 21 (Schauer), she's a super-talented player that got loose for one goal. But to hold a player like that to one goal is a testament to us, just putting pressure and working hard."
The Knightriders' Katelin Petersen and Mary Belzer traded goals in the third period to send the game to overtime. Valley City native Erin Anderson made 42 of 45 saves for Jamestown, including three straight saves in the extra period.
The victory was a near must-win for Jamestown, as the Blue Jays would've needed both to win out, and have either Minot, Dickinson or Devils Lake lose out to make state.
"It depends on what other people do, so we're going to focus on our next one, which is Mandan," Fitzgerald said. "Obviously the more wins we can rack up at this point, the better position it puts us in."
Jamestown defeated Mandan 6-2 at Wilson Arena the last time these two teams met. Tuesday's game will be played at Starion Sports Complex in Mandan at 7 p.m.
"We got to their goalie early last time and it seemed to get their whole team down a little bit," Fitzgerald said. "If we can get a couple goals early on in the first period it'll be a key for us."
JHS boys fall to Patriots
Jamestown High School boys hockey lost 11-2 to Bismarck Century on Thursday at VFW Sports Center in Bismarck. The Blue Jays (6-5-1 West Region, 6-11-1 overall) host Mandan (4-7-0, 8-9-1) Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Jamestown 4, Grand Forks 3 (OT)
GF 1 1 1 0 -- 3
JHS 2 0 1 1 -- 4
1. GF, Katelin Petersen (Shaley Richards), 0:28, 8; 2. J, Ella Roaldson (Abby Soulis), 3:59, 12; 3. J, Alexis Kirkeby (Roaldson, Soulis), 15:19, 8.
4. GF, Abby Schauer (Unassisted), 13:27, 11.
6. GF, Petersen (Shaley Richards), 10:50, 9; 5. J, Mary Belzer (Roaldson, Lexi Leroux), 13:21, 2.
J, Kylie Mitchell (Kaycee Johnson), 5:25, 1.
Penalties: J, 2 for 4 minutes. GF, 5 for 10 minutes.
Goalie saves: J, Erin Anderson 10-11-13-. GF, 8-5-3
Records: Grand Forks 8-7-0 statewide, 10-9 overall. Jamestown 5-9-0, 7-11-1.
Bismarck Century 11, Jamestown 2
JHS 0 2 0 -- 2
CHS 5 1 5 -- 11
1. CHS, Colton Schulte (Connor Hanson, Nicholas Brown), 4:21. 2. CHS, Cullen Curl (Carter Bailey), 9:59. 3. CHS, Brown (Schulte, Paydin Slette), 10:52. 4. CHS, Jacob Paul (Eli Reimer, Brandon Schaffer), 11:14. 5. CHS, Reimer (Jadon Reimer, Gavyn Sailer), 14:46.
6. JHS, Tommy Falk (Corey Nelson). 7, CHS, J.Reimer (Schaffer, Slette), 9:07. 8. JHS, Falk (Jace Thompson, Nelson), 13:35.
9. CHS, Schaffer (E.Reimer), 1:54. 10. Brown (Schulte, Carter Schoeneberg), 2:08. 11. CHS, Brown (Slette, Schoeneberg), 4:25. 12. CHS, Schulte (Slette, Brown), 5:23. 13. CHS, Brady Bauer (Slette, Sailer), 15:09.
Goalie saves: JHS—Riley Gerhardt 29-26-10--65. Century—Holden Ubl 3-2-2--7.
Penalties: JHS 1 for 2 minutes. Century 1 for 2 minutes.
Records: Century 10-1 West Region, 15-1 overall; Jamestown 6-5-1, 6-11-1.