The Jamestown High School boys hockey team made things miserable for Mandan's offense Tuesday west of the Missouri River.
The Blue Jays controlled a majority of the action defensively, forcing the puck to the outside and denying the Braves solid chances at slipping a goal past Jamestown's Brode Hillstrom in net. Jamestown won a sixth consecutive game, shutting out Mandan 2-0 at Starion Sports Complex.
"I thought we did what we needed to do to win the game and eliminated quality scoring opportunities for Mandan," said Jamestown coach Matt Stockert. "When you do that it eliminates shots, and when there are shots those are shots you expect your goaltender to make a save on and Brode certainly did that tonight."
The Jays outshot the Braves 38-26, with Hillstrom making all 26 saves. Mandan's Zane Clausen stopped 15 shots in the first period and eight more in the third, but Jamestown got past the senior goalie twice in 15 attempts on goal in the second.
Both even-strength tallies, Jamestown's Hunter Nelson and Nolan Nenow found the inside of the mesh at 14:20 and 16:11 of the second period.
"Would I like to see us finish a little bit better? I would say yes, but when you get a young man that's a senior for Mandan that pretty much puts an all-state performance on in net, I mean, that young man played a really, really, really good hockey game tonight," Stockert said of Clausen. "He kept Mandan in the game for the majority of the contest."
The Blue Jays (7-1-0-1) are rolling heading into a rematch against Minot (6-0-2-0) at John L. Wilson Arena this Friday, a battle between the West Region's top two teams to this point. The Magicians got the better of Jamestown 3-2 in overtime on Dec. 19.
Minot defeated Williston (4-1-1-1) Tuesday night in a shootout after being tied 2-2 after three periods.
"Any of these teams out here in the West, they've got kids that are grinders and I think when you have a bunch of grinders they're usually all coachable," Stockert said. "On any given night if we decide not to show up and not strap it on as tight as the other team then we're going to have a hard night. So I think come Friday night we need to make sure we take care of the puck and take care of our opportunities a little bit better than we did tonight, and I think if we can do that we can certainly win a hockey game at John L. on Friday night against Minot."
Jays fall at West Fargo
The Jamestown High School girls hockey team fell 5-1 Tuesday at West Fargo. The Blue Jays slipped to 2-6-0-1 overall, while West Fargo moved to 3-3-0-0.
The Blue Jays travel to face Fargo North/South (4-1-1-0) this Saturday.
WEST REGION BOYS HOCKEY
Jamestown 2, Mandan 0
JAM 0 2 0 -- 2
MAN 0 0 0 -- 0
1. J, Hunter Nelson (Conner McLachlan), 14:20; 2. J, Nolan Nenow (Jace Thompson), 16:11.
Goalie saves: J, Brode Hillstrom 7-10-9--26. M, Zane Clausen 15-13-8--36.
Penalties: J, 3 for 6 minutes. M, 5 for 18 minutes.
Records: Jamestown 7-1-0-1. Mandan 2-6-0-0.