Jimmies power play rolls in win over Tetons
There's not a typo on the pregame notes provided by the American Collegiate Hockey Association. University of Jamestown really has an 11.8-percent success rate on the power play this season.
The percentage is 298th among all ACHA men's hockey teams.
But The Jimmies went 4 of 8 on the power play Saturday night, defeating Williston State College 6-1 at John L. Wilson Arena. The Jimmies improved to 14-11-1 on the season and have won their last four, dating back to a 6-5 win against Eastern Michigan University on Jan. 25.
"We spent some time this morning and this week working on the power play," said Jamestown coach Cole Bell. " It payed off today."
The Jimmies have went scoreless on the power play in 13 games this season, going 0 for 59 in those contests. In the 11 games Jamestown has tallied a power-play goal, they've only tallied twice on two occasions.
"We move the puck well, generate chances, but we haven't been able to convert," Bell said. "We just have to work on having a little more finishing touch and we were able to have that tonight.
"I feel like we should be better than we were. I know for a large part of first semester, we had Cameron Todd out, which is a huge part of it."
Todd opened the scoring Saturday, but on an even-strength goal roughly halfway through the 11-minute mark of the first period. Cole McKechney scored his first of two power-play goals just over a minute later to give the Jimmies a 2-0 lead after one period.
Tyler Chavez-Leech and McKechney each potted another power-play tally in the second period, while Michael Brayson scored at even strength.
Todd scored the only Jimmie third-period goal on the power play nearly halfway through the frame.
Jamestown's David Anderson has proved to be a dependable backup after stopping 39 of 40 Teton shots Saturday. The junior from Santa Clarita, Calif., has played in six games and stopped 128 of 136 for a 94-percent save rate.
"He's been fantastic. If he's not in the lineup, he's making impacts in other ways," Bell said. "He's a great leader in the locker room, he's always vocal and keeps the energy up-beat.
"Then when he does get into the lineup, he's a competitor. You can see that by the way he plays and has been rock solid. We're lucky to have him."
Jamestown plays Williston today at John L. Wilson Arena at 2 p.m.
"One of the hardest parts about games like this is to keep your foot on the gas," Bell said. "We can't get complacent. We have to keep the good habits like moving our feet and keep moving the puck sharp."
The Jimmies will then have a crucial road trip to Arizona State University (7-23-2) on Feb. 14 and University of Nevada - Las Vegas (17-5-1) on Feb. 15-16.
"We're all looking forward to that, so we can get some warmer weather," Bell said.
(17) University of Jamestown 6, Williston State College 1
WSC 0 0 1 -- 1
UJ 2 3 1 -- 6
1. UJ, Cameron Todd (Jason Richter, Tyler Chavez-Leech), 11:31; 2. UJ, Cole McKechney (Todd, Trevor Okino), 12:59, PP.
3. UJ, Chavez-Leech (Okino, Dylan Haney), 8:15, PP; 4. Michael Brayson (Todd, Jeremy McNeil), 13:26; 5. UJ. McKechney (Okino, Carter Johnson), 17:15, PP.
6. WSC, Austin Weber (William Hagel-Landsverk, Thomas King), 8:26, PP; 7. UJ, Todd (Okino, Jacob Wepburn), PP.
Penalties UJ, 15 for 57 minutes. WSC, 17 for 66 minutes.
Goalie saves: UJ, David Anderson 39 saves. WSC, Jimmy Grosklaus 42 saves.
Records: Jamestown 14-11-1. Williston 14-14-0.