UJ's Pruss twins shine in victory over Buffaloes
Before the 2018-19 University of Jamestown hockey season, Michael and Allan Pruss met with coach Cole Bell to talk about roles and how they could be utilized more.
The Jimmie twin duo added three more to its 44 points on the year Thursday as 17th-ranked Jamestown defeated No. 18 University of Colorado 3-2 at Wilson Arena. Jamestown is 13-11-1 on the winter and have won its last three games.
"It was a good win for sure," Allan Pruss said. "We're 17th ranked and they're 18th ranked, so on paper it's a even-matched game. It just feels good to get the win and hopefully we can build off it."
The Pruss twins tallied 34 points in coach Bell's first year behind the bench. Allan tallied six goals and 12 assists, while his brother, Michael, totaled nine goals and seven assists.
The juniors and third-year players have already shattered last year's point total of 34. Allan Pruss said a mixture of more minutes and confidence has provided the uptick.
"Last year, it wasn't quite the opportunity. This year we've grown in a bigger role and we're thriving off that," Pruss said. "Hopefully we can keep it going that way.
"Last year I know we strayed away from the systems a little bit. We talked to coach and we're sticking to more structured and getting more power-play opportunities, which always helps."
Allan Pruss has tallied at least a point in six straight contests, including two goals Thursday. The streak has dated back to Jan. 11, the first game back from winter break, when Jamestown won 4-2 at the University of Illinois.
"I don't really look into it as much. You always track it in the back of your head a little bit," Pruss said. "It's always nice and good for yourself, but at the end of the day it's about the team."
Michael Pruss has also put together a streak of six of seven games with at least a point. Pruss has two goals and eight assists throughout the seven-game stretch.
The duo didn't take long Thursday to keep the streak going, however, as Allan Pruss scored off an assist from his brother and Kyle Baron just over 14 minutes into the first period.
"The first one just popped out to me in the slot and I just put a quick shot on," the goal scorer said. "It was nice to get one early and help the confidence."
Allan scored once again off an assist from Baron in the second period at 3:39 to give Jamestown a 3-2 lead.
"Kyle Barron did a nice stretch pass and I did a little move on the goalie," Pruss said. "It went five hole. It was nice."
Barron didn't make it through the second period as a collision with the junior and Colorado's Tyler Barban resulted in a fight behind the Jamestown net. Both players were disqualified and are suspended for one game.
"Those are always nice. They happen more often in junior (hockey) when there's no cage, but a fight like that aways sparks the bench a little bit," Pruss said. "It's pretty rare with the referees jumping in, but they let them go and it's always fun."
The victory for Jamestown kicks off a eight-game month as the Jimmies hope to stay in the race for American Collegiate Hockey Association nationals. The top 20 teams make the tournament.
"Right now we're kind of on the bubble for national," Pruss said. "We have to win against Williston this weekend for sure and we have a big trip to Nevada and Arizona. We have to win out to solidify a spot in nationals."
The Jimmies have a 8-2 record against the Tetons, dating back to Nov. 4, 2016. Saturday's start time is 7 p.m., while Sunday is at 2 p.m.
(18) University of Jamestown 3, University of Colorado 2
UC 1 0 1 -- 2
UJ 1 1 1 -- 3
1. UJ, Allan Pruss (Michael Pruss, Kyle Baron), 14:09, 9; 2. UC, Nathaniel Sepeda (Trace Jablin), 19:51, 3.
3. UJ, A. Pruss (Baron), 3:39, 10.
4. UJ, Phoenix McElroy-Scott (Cayle Bell, Ned Simpson), 6:29, 3; 5. UC, Luke Carter (Sylas Kalyan, Jablin), 13:37, 8.
Goalie saves: UJ, Tyson Brouwer 14-12-6--32. UC, Jake Cerullo 10-9-11--30.
Records: (18) University of Jamestown 13-11-1. University of Colorado 11-13-2.