After 34 minutes of no scoring, the Blue Jays came to life in the final 10 minutes Friday at John L. Wilson Arena.
"We were getting a little frustrated I think as the game went on, and we weren't able to find the back of the net," Jamestown High School girls hockey coach Andy Fitzgerald said. "Third period we were finally able to do that."
The Jays defeated Dickinson 3-2, improving to 7-12-0 overall and 5-9-0 in the state rankings. Dickinson dropped to 3-15-1 and sit at 1-15-1 in the state.
Blue Jay leading scorer Ella Roaldson attempted to break the seal and make her 17th goal of the season in the first period, but her shot deflected and the junior took a tumble into the boards. Dickinson's netminder Tierney Yoder kept the Blue Jays' 10 opening-period shots out of the mesh, as the home team outshot the Midgets 10-3 in the first.
"That one was more along the lines of, 'The team needs a shot on the net and if it goes in, it goes in,'" Roaldson said with a laugh. "It didn't go as planned but that was what the team needed."
Roaldson redeemed the early crash with a goal in the third. The 5-foot-9 forward put the biscuit between the pipes off an assist from Kaycee Johnson and Abby Grounds to break the seal. Roaldson now has 25 points in her junior campaign.
"After that, it was a lot of 'OK, calm down, the first one is out of the way, the jitters are out,'" Roaldson said. "The team really needs someone to step up here and make plays -- really come in clutch."
Period No. 2 came to an end with 13 shots from the Blue Jays while the Midgets countered with seven shots on goal. JHS broke the penalty stalemate when Roaldson was called for slashing. Even with the team's leading scorer in the box, Fitzgerald was left feeling confident in his team's ability moving forward.
"We need them to step up and help out Erika (Anderson) in front of the net," head coach Andy Fitzgerald said. "They did a good job for the most part clearing pucks.
"We had a breakdown on a faceoff that led to their second goal so we'll make sure we take care of that but for the most part, they were steady back there tonight."
Roaldson's third-period goal gave the home team a 1-0 advantage with 10:46 left to play, but when it rains it pours.
The Midgets rebounded 2 minutes, 30 seconds later with a goal from Maddy Hanson and took the lead with a goal from Madison McChesney. McChesney was assisted by Jenna Decker. The goal was McChesney's third of the season while Decker picked up her third assist.
Down 2-1, Fitzgerald's squad had to make up some ground.
"Dickinson got the lead there halfway through the third which put us on our heels a little bit," Fitzgerald said. "The girls fought back like they have been all year. We've bounced back from being down before so it's a position we've been in."
Abby Grounds tied up the game off an assist from Roaldson and captain Ashlyn Schauer. The game-tying goal was Grounds' ninth of her senior campaign. With 40 seconds left to play in the game, Roaldson racked up a bar down goal to seal the 3-2 victory.
"Ella came down with a clutch shot with 40 seconds left," Fitzgerald said. "After all the chances that we had, it was nice to see us finally find the back of the net three times in the third period."
The team's seventh victory is the starting line of a marathon of a week.
"We finish the regular season next week with three games in four days," Fitzgerald said. "It's going to be a busy week for us starting with our final home game Tuesday with one of the top teams in the state: Fargo North/South. We're going to come out fighting against them and see what happens."
The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Blue Jays 7, Bismarck 3
The Jamestown High School boys hockey team defeated Bismarck 7-3 on Friday night in Bismarck. Jamestown's next game will be a West Region tournament quarterfinal pairing Thursday at the VFW Sports Center in Bismarck.
Jamestown 3, Dickinson 2
DHS 0 0 2 -- 2
JHS 0 0 3 -- 3
1. JHS, Ella Roaldson (Kaycee Johnson, Abby Grounds), 6:14. 2. DHS, Madison McChesney (Jenna Decker, Taia Klaman), 8:47. 3. DHS, McChesney (Decker), 9:46. 4. JHS, Grounds (Roaldson, Ashlyn Schauer), 10:36.
Saves: DHS, Tierney Yoder 10-13-14--37, JHS, Erika Anderson 3-7-4--14.
Penalties: DHS 2 for 4 minutes; JHS 2 for 4 minutes.
Records: Jamestown 7-12-0, 5-9-0; Dickinson 3-15-1, 1-12-1.
Jamestown 7, Bismarck 3
JHS 2 2 3 -- 7
BIS 1 1 1 -- 3
1. JHS, Nolan Nenow (Braxton Jorissen), 5:47. 2. BIS, Joseph Heinert (R. Richardson, Mark Horner), 6:16. 3. JHS, Tommy Falk (Nenow), 6:45.
4. BIS, Richardson (Heinert), 8:11. 5. JHS, Nenow (Falk, Hunter Nelson), 12:52. 6. JHS, Gavin Haut (Joe Cummings), 14:58.
7. BIS, Brady Haskell (Richardson), 1:01. 8. JHS, Nolan Nenow (Jace Thompson), 7:34. 9. JHS, Thompson (Nelson, Nenow), 10:35. 10. JHS, Thompson (Nelson, Nenow), 14:03.
Saves: JHS, Riley Gerhardt 12-14-11--37; BIS, Quinn Ackerman 8-9-5--22.
Penalties: BHS 5 for 10 minutes; JHS 1 for 2 minutes.
Records: Jamestown 12-8-0, 8-8-0 West Region. Bismarck 7-13-0, 6-7-0 West Region.