A Jake Huculak hat trick wasn't enough Wednesday night for University of Jamestown's ACHA Division I men's hockey team at Wilson Arena.
Huculak's third tally -- coming shorthanded in the third period -- drew the Jimmies even at 3-3 hosting Dakota College at Bottineau, but the Jacks answered on the same power play just 30 seconds later and tacked on an empty-net goal in the final minute to defeat the Jimmies 5-3.
"We didn't execute our plays," said University of Jamestown assistant coach Camden Lambert, who was filling in for UJ head coach Dean Stork against the Jacks. "They attacked first, we were able to come back and kept the pressure on and, unfortunately, we didn't get some bounces.
"We outshot them, we outplayed them, they just came ready to play right off the bat and we weren't."
The Jacks tallied twice to start and led 2-1 after the opening period. Bottineau's Riley Olson and Blake Carpenter each found the back of the net early, with Huculak getting UJ on the board at the 8:20 mark of period No. 1.
Jamestown outshot Bottineau 14-9 in the first and 17-16 in the second, trading a Tyson Pringle goal with Huculak's second tally to produce a 3-2 Jacks advantage heading into the third.
Three minor penalties assessed to Jamestown in the opening eight minutes of period No. 3 -- one each for hooking, interference and elbowing -- hampered the Jimmies' ability to organize offensively when Huculak struck shorthanded at 9:42 on a 2-1 break with junior Carter Johnson.
Carter assisted the UJ freshman from Jasper, Alberta, working the puck by Jacks' defenseman Pierce Martin and goalie Matt Trulsen tying the game at 3-3.
But the excitement was short-lived. Still down a skater with freshman Jed Butler in the box for elbowing, Tyson Pringle scored his second goal on the power play.
Joben Smith tidied up the game with an empty-netter at 19:17.
"We have a huge moment where Jake ends up putting the puck in the back of the net on a shorthanded goal and ties the game up," Lambert said. "I think we just got a little too emotional, a little too high and that kid had a nice shot from the point. Our players did their job and it was just a good shot."
Trulsen turned in a gem for the Jacks, producing 43 saves as UJ outfired Bottineau 46-35 and the Jacks improved to 3-4 overall. Freshman goalie Jaysen MacLean was in goal for the Jimmies Wednesday and finished with 30 saves.
UJ senior goalie Tyson Brouwer was resting a minor knee injury sustained during the Midland series last weekend in Fremont, Nebraska -- which UJ swept -- and is hoping to return this Saturday and Sunday for the Jimmies' weekend series against rival Minot State.
"I thought Jay played a good game tonight," Lambert said. "Unfortunately, we couldn't get it done in front of him."
The Jimmies fell to 7-7-3 and will host the Beavers on Saturday at 7:30 before heading to Minot Sunday for a 4 p.m. tilt. Jamestown has already faced Minot six times this season, producing four losses, one win and a tie.
"Back to the drawing board for us. Back to Jimmie hockey, executing our plays and getting the job done on the front end and the back end," Lambert said. "We know Minot. We've played them a bunch already and, hopefully, this is a little wake-up call for us for the weekend."
ACHA Men's Hockey
Dakota College at Bottineau 5, University of Jamestown 3
DC 2 1 2 -- 5
UJ 1 1 1 -- 3
1. B, Riley Olson (Bubba Strain), 4:06; 2. B, Blake Carpenter (Tanner Clyne, Phillip Parisien), 7:48; 3. J, Jake Huculak (Nathan Cohen-Wallis), 8:20.
4. B, Tyson Pringle (Joben Smith), 10:52; 5. J, Huculak (Jed Butler, Cohen-Wallis), 11:32.
6. J, Huculak (Carter Johnson), SH, 9:42; 7. B, Pringle (Ryan Patterson, Parisien), PP, 10:12; 8. B, Smith (unassisted), empty net, 19:17.
Goalie saves: DC, Matt Trulsen 13-16-14--43. UJ, Jaysen MacLean 7-15-8--30.
Penalties: DC, 4 for 8 minutes. UJ, 8 for 16 minutes.
Records: Bottineau 3-4. Jamestown 7-7-3.