Hunter Nelson gave the Blue Jays the chance to win the game Tuesday night.
The junior forward helped the Jamestown High School boys hockey team protect their No. 1 spot in the WDA with a 5-4 win against Dickinson in overtime. The Blue Jays improved to 7-1-2-1 in the standings while the Midgets fell further to 2-6-0-1.
Nelson scored the goal that forced the eight-minute overtime frame that helped the Jays go 2-0 against the Midgets. The Blue Jays had previously defeated the Midgets 6-2 on Jan. 9.
The Blue Jays will be back in action Saturday hosting Williston. The puck is scheduled to drop at 3:30 p.m.
"It was one of those games that kind of makes you scratch your head as a coach," JHS head coach Matt Stockert said. "It seems like every year we have one of those games where we play just good enough to get by."
After controlling the better part of the first period the Jays started to let off the gas in the second.
Dickinson's Landon Aman was issued a two-minute minor for interference. The Jays were unable to capitalize on the powerplay and the score held at 3-2 with 2:26 remaining. Neither team ended up scoring in the last couple of minutes.
"We need to bear down and play our game and be the better team and do the things that we do well," Stockert said.
In the third, everybody was swinging and skating like mad to get the puck in the net. With 7:12 left to go in regulation, Dickinson's Kaden Dvorak made the game-tying goal off an assist from Xander Krump.
With time ticking down and unable to capitalize on shots and get it past the Midgets' netminder Jayce Concha, the Blue Jays felt a sense of urgency. After another goal from Krump made it 4-3 Midgets, the Blue Jays put their heads down and went to work.
Nelson ended up tying the game off a pass from Jace Thompson and Nolan Nenow. The goal was Nelson's second of the game having previously punched in a first-period goal to make it 3-1 Blue Jays.
With a little under seven minutes to play in the first period, Nelson got the puck on his stick off a long pass from Brooks Roaldson. Nelson sped ahead of his teammates and the Dickinson defensemen to gain control of the biscuit. It looked like an impossible angle with Concha tall and wide, but with a flick of his stick Nelson put it in between the posts.
"I was just crashing hard, just making sure, then it just got lucky I guess," Nelson said. "It felt good - like it made a little bit of a shift in momentum."
Nelson's goal was the fourth of five in the first period.
Jacoby Nold got his first goal of the season off an assist from Nenow and Thompson to give the Jays an early 1-0 lead. The Midgets couldn't counter the Jays' aggressive and sharpshooting offense. With the exception of an early goal from Krump to tie the game 1-1, Dickinson sent the puck high and wide. Concha had his hands full all game long making 37 saves off the Jays' 42 shots.
Nenow and Thompson partnered again halfway through the first period to give the Jays a 2-1 lead. The goal was Nenow's 14th of the year.
Dickinson's Ty Nelsen shot the puck past Hillstrom with 56 seconds left to play in the first period making if 3-2 Jays. Nelson said he thought the Jays started out slow in the first frame and didn't pick up the pace until the overtime frame when they outshot the Midgets 8-1.
"We just need to come out faster," Nelson said. "We could have played way better. I think it kind of started with the practice before - we weren't doing too hot - then we weren't focused up in the locker room. We just weren't ready mentally."
While Stockert and Nelson see much the Jays can improve on before Saturday's tilt, Stockert said he is proud of how his team fought in the final eight minutes.
"We walked out of here winners tonight," Stockert said.
Jamestown 5, Dickinson 4 (OT)
DHS 2 0 2 0 -- 4
JHS 3 0 1 1 -- 5
1. JHS, Jacoby Nold (Jace Thompson, Nolan Nenow), 3:24; 2. DHS, Xander Krump (Kaden Dvorak), 6:11; 3. JHS, Nenow (Thompson), 8:36; 4. JHS, Hunter Nelson (Brooks Roaldson), 9:55; 5. DHS, Ty Nelson (unassisted), 16:04.
6. Kaden Dvorak (Krump), 7:12; 7. Krump (Dvorak, Taylor Giese), 11:23; 8. JHS, Nelson (Nenow, Thompson), 13:24.
9. Thompson (unassisted), 5:31.
Goalie saves: JHS, Brode Hillstrom 10-10-8-1--29; DHS, Jayce Concha 12-11-7-7--37
Penalties: JHS, 3 for 6 minutes. DHS, 5 for 10 minutes.
Records: Jamestown 7-1-2-1. Dickinson 2-6-0-1.