Senior Night didn't end quite the way Blue Jay senior Ashlyn Schauer wanted, but she said her final hockey season has been a memorable one.
"It's been a great year," Schauer said. "We're a tight-knit community here. These girls, we spend time on and off the ice and both captains, like Ella (Roaldson) and Megan (Albrecht), we're always together."
The Jamestown High School girls hockey team fell 4-2 to Fargo North/South Tuesday at Wilson Arena, dropping to 8-12-0 overall. The loss took the Blue Jays out of state tournament contention. The No. 3-ranked Spartans improved to 17-4-2 and sit behind Fargo Davies (19-0-2) and Bismarck (16-4-1).
While the game did not end auspiciously for the team in blue, the Jays battled alongside the Spartans for the entire 51 minutes. With 13:14 gone in the first period, Roaldson lit up the board for the Blue Jays to tie the contest at 1-1. The goal was the junior's 19th of the season.
"That one lifted our spirits up quite a bit because (Fargo North/South) was getting some pressure on (JHS goalie) Erika (Anderson), getting some shots on net, and we were able to come down and tie the game up," Blue Jay head coach Andy Fitzgerald said. "That gave us some more energy through the rest of the period."
Fargo North/South tallied two scores in the first 17 minutes. Jerica Friese put the biscuit in the mesh with 10:21 left to play. Chloe Bry gave the Spartan's a 2-1 advantage with 11 seconds left on the clock.
The Spartans struck twice before the first two minutes of the second frame had ticked away making it 4-1 in favor of the visitors.
With five seconds left in the second period, Alexis Kirkeby cut the lead to two points. Kirkeby found the back of the net off an assist from Sydney Mittleider and Bernadette Belzer. The freshman now sits tied for the second-leading scorer with 14 points.
Entering the locker room for the team's second break, Shauer said the team knew what they had to do against the Spartan's dynamic offense and strong defense. Anderson's 15 saves in the third period helped to keep the Spartans' shots out of the net.
"We knew we had to work hard, it was a tough team and they put up a tough fight," Schauer said. "We knew it was our last home game and our team rallied behind our seniors, it was nice to see everybody keep going and push through anything."
Following the conclusion of the game, the team presented the four Blue Jay seniors with recognitions from the team and the program.
Abby Grounds tallied nine goals and five assists her senior season while captain Schauer is recorded as one of the team's assist leaders with seven. Megan Albrecht has chipped in five points to the team's totals. The final JHS senior, Meredith Walker, has played in 16 games this season.
"It's been nice as a senior to have a season like this where we are in every game, showing what we've got and working hard," Schauer said. "It's been a really great year to work as a team on and off the ice and find really great friendships that we are going to have for the rest of our lives."
"I am going to miss their hard work and dedication," Fitzgerald said. "They've been through a lot of tough times, even recalling the first time we played North/South my first game coaching three years ago. We lost 15 to nothing, so you can kind of see how far the program has come with them leading the way. They'll definitely be missed."
Jamestown has two games remaining, beginning Thursday at Devils Lake.
Fargo North/South 4, Jamestown 2
FN/S 2 2 0 -- 4
JHS 1 1 0 -- 2
1. FN/S, Jerica Friese (unassisted), 10:21. 2. JHS, Ella Roaldson (Abby Grounds, Erika Anderson), 13:14. 3. FN/S, Chloe Bry (unassisted), 16:49.
4. FN/S, Josie Hill (Friese), 1:23. 5. FN/S, Evelyn Olson (Rylee Bartz), 1:36. 6. Alexis Kirkeby (Sydney Mittleider, Bernadette Belzer), 16:55.
Saves: Alex Kinney, Fargo North/South 3-1-5--9; Erika Anderson, Jamestown 12-13-13--38.
Penalties: Fargo North/South 2 for 4 minutes; Jamestown 1 for 2 minutes.
Records: Fargo North/South 17-4-2; Jamestown 7-13-0.