It was only fitting the home team would close out Hockey Day North Dakota 2020.
Even more fitting was a win on the team's home ice.
"It's so fun," Blue Jay boys hockey captain Tommy Falk said. "It's different -- playing outside -- but it is so fun. The atmosphere and being under the lights and just everything is fun. Very cool."
The Jamestown High School boys pulled out a 5-4 win over West Fargo Sheyenne Monday afternoon at Allen Field. JHS snapped a four-game losing streak to improve to an even 7-6 overall. West Fargo Sheyenne fell to 2-13 on the season.
"It's two years in a row we got the win (at Hockey Day)," Jamestown High School boys head hockey coach Matt Stockert said. "We played a pretty good game overall I thought."
"It's improved a little bit from last year," Falk added of the event. "You could tell it's their second year of holding it."
The change in setting from the Jays' normal 58-degree Wilson Arena meant some changes to the Blue Jay lineup.
Senior Jay netminder Riley Gerhardt of Valley City managed to keep the net free of all but three biscuits during his time on the ice. The senior boasts a total of 428 saves and an 89 save percentage. Into the second period, Stockert made the decision to switch the body in front of the net. Sophomore Brode Hillstrom took the ice and guarded against a dynamic West Fargo offense. Hillstrom got the win for the Jays in the net coming away with 14 saves on the night.
"It was set up," Stockert said of the netminder change. "We wanted the kids to be able to experience (Hockey Day). It wasn't anything that Riley was doing wrong or anything it was just, 'Hey, both of you guys are going to get half of the game today to take in the whole atmosphere and take in the day.'
"Riley played good and Brode played good to end the game for a period and a half. That's something we want our goaltenders to do is come in and stop the puck and they both did a pretty good job of that today."
While faces in the circle changed halfway through for the Jays, some things remained the same.
It was a standout ninth-grader who got things going on the ice for the Blue Jays. Nolan Nenow tallied his 13th goal of the season to give JHS a 1-0 advantage with 13:35 left to play in the first period. The freshman tallied two goals and an assist on the night.
Cooper Allen made it 2-0 in favor of the Jays earning his third goal of the regular season. With 24 seconds left to play in the first frame, Nelson shot and made his 13th goal of the season.
While the Jays took the convincing 3-0 lead, the Mustangs did not go down without a fight.
"They're an East hockey team," Falk said of West Fargo Sheyenne. "They're always going to be good, they are always going to be fast and they showed that. In the East, it is a faster game and the West is a little chippier. There's a little more skill in the East."
A goal late in the second period from Falk and Nenow's third-period goal would end the Jays scoring and was just enough to "come out with the dub" Falk said.
"The compete level is there and it's been high," Stockert said. "The kids want to win and they want to be in a good position come West Region tournament time. That's usually what we try and pride ourselves on is that we are playing our best hockey that third week in February when it matters the most. I think we are taking some good steps toward that right now."
The Jays will take the ice indoors at Wilson Arena Tuesday night against Dickinson. The faceoff with the Midgets is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Jamestown 5, West Fargo Sheyenne 4
WFS 1 2 1 -- 4
JHS 3 1 1-- 5
1. JHS, Nolan Nenow (Gavin Haut), 3:25. 2. JHS, Cooper Allen (Nolan Nenow), 15:06. 3. JHS, Hunter Nelson (Riley Gerhardt), 16:36. 4. WFS, Kamden Coles (Tyler Mislaek) 16:48.
5. WFS, Roth (Tyler Misalek, Kamden Coles), 1:21. 6. WFS, Roth (Coles Drew Clouse), 7:56. 7. JHS, Tommy Falk (Corey Nelson, Allen), 11:41.
8. WFS, Coles (Jack Belisle, Cullen McCarthy), 8:22. 9. JHS, Nenow (Jace Thompson), 10:43.
Saves: WSF, Tyler Swanson 9-12-1--22. JHS, Brode Hillstrom 0-2-12--14
Penalties: WSF 4 for 8 minutes, JHS 6 for 12 minutes.
Records: Jamestown 7-6. West Fargo Sheyenne 2-13.