For a second time in three games, the University of Jamestown men's hockey team was bolstered to victory via an impressive individual offensive performance.
The Jimmies' Dylan Haney buried four pucks against visiting Grand Canyon University on Thursday night at John L. Wilson Arena, lifting Jamestown to a convincing 5-0 victory over the Lopes. UJ true freshman Aidan Potas struck for a hat trick in last Saturday's 10-0 romp over Waldorf University.
The Jimmies and the Lopes go at it again Friday night at 7 p.m.
"Maybe in Atom hockey? But, no, not at this level," said Haney, a native of Brandon, Manitoba, on his four-goal night. "Obviously, I gotta give credit to my linemates."
Haney, assisted by Tyler Chavez-Leech and defenseman Kyle Baron, opened the scoring at 10:03 of the first period. He then connected twice in period No. 2, the second of which came with UJ up two skaters, and he finished the evening with a second power-play goal (4-on-3) in the third. Jamestown (6-3-0-0), ranked No. 16 in ACHA Division I men's hockey, has scored 32 goals in nine games.
"It starts with a good week in practice," Haney said. "We battled hard this week and a couple of us had the night off yesterday, so I mean there wasn't really an excuse not to come out flying tonight."
The Jimmies were back on the ice 24 hours after upending in-state rival University of Mary 3-1 in Mandan. Jamestown outshot the Lopes 35-15 with senior goalie Tyson Brouwer notching his third shutout of the season with 15 saves.
Haney's linemates are twin brothers Michael Pruss and Alan Pruss, seniors from Red Deer, Alberta. Michael Pruss, an alternate captain for UJ, was tagged with a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for checking from behind in the second period.
But not only did the Jimmies kill the five-minute Grand Canyon power play, Haney's third goal of the night handed UJ a 4-0 lead with 21 seconds remaining before the third. Michael Pruss, assisted by Baron and captain defenseman Trevor Okino, put the Jimmies up 2-0 to start the second.
"Last year we kinda got together in the second half of the year, and ever since then we've kinda been buzzing," Haney said of the Pruss brothers. "We've been roommates, best friends for, like, four or five years. So maybe it's the chem at home a little bit, too?
"The other guys call us the triplets."
Haney is tied for the team lead in goals scored with Potas at six. The Jimmies will look to keep their legs under them Friday vs. the Lopes as they'll try to sweep the weekend tripleheader.
"Winning cures everything," Haney said. "Brouwer's down a helluva job in net ... hope to just keep things rolling here."
(16) University of Jamestown 5, Grand Canyon University (Arizona) 0
GC 0 0 0 -- 0
UJ 2 2 1 -- 5
First period: 1. UJ, Dylan Haney (Tyler Chavez Leech, Kyle Baron), 10:03; 2. UJ, Michael Pruss (Baron, Trevor Okino), 12:20.
Second period: 3. UJ, Haney (Cole McKechney, Okino), UJ 5-on-3, 9:39; 4. UJ, Haney (Bryan Kromm), 19:39.
Third period: 5. UJ, Haney (Allan Pruss, Aidan Potas), UJ 4-on-3, 12:29.
Goalie saves: GC, Chad Duran 16-7-7--30. UJ, Tyson Brouwer 5-4-6--15.
Penalties: GC, 11 for 27 minutes. UJ, 9 for 31 minutes.
Records: Jamestown 6-3-0-0. Grand Canyon 2-5-3-0.