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Jays down Spoilers

It's been 22 years since the Jamestown boys hockey team won a game at the state hockey tournament. That all changed Friday afternoon as the Blue Jays scored two unanswered goals in the second period to propel them to a 4-2 victory over Grafton-Pa...

It's been 22 years since the Jamestown boys hockey team won a game at the state hockey tournament.

That all changed Friday afternoon as the Blue Jays scored two unanswered goals in the second period to propel them to a 4-2 victory over Grafton-Park River at the Olympic Arena in Grand Forks.

Jamestown will now play Bismarck for fifth-place tomorrow at noon back in the same barn.

"From the drop of the puck the kids were ready to go today," said Blue Jay hockey coach Matt Stockert, who was 23 years old the last time Jamestown won at state. "It's been a long time, so it's a pretty good feeling for the boys. They went out there and played a hockey game today that might have been their best game overall."

Stockert has talked about the team's resiliency all season and today was no different. With the scored tied at 2-2 in the second period, eighth-grader Alex Senf and Devin Hofmann scored 26 seconds apart in the final minute to double up Jamestown's lead.

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The Blue Jays held the Spoilers scoreless in the third period. Senior goaltender Matthew Schneider stopped 11 shots. Overall the Spoilers outshot the Blue Jays 33-26.

"I felt like the opportunities they had were not high quality scoring opportunities," Stockert said.

Senior right winger Devin Hofmann opened the scoring with 49 seconds remaining in the first period. Jace Thompson scored shortly into the second period to carry over the momentum after the break.

Grafton-Park River's Sam Keeley and Taylan Sangrait tied up the contest at 2-2 within three minutes. Jamestown punched its ticket into the fifth-place game with two late-period goals.

Now the Blue Jays will face a familiar West Region rival in Bismarck. The Demons won two close games against Jamestown 3-2 and 2-0.

Bismarck has four goal scorers in double digits: Dain Sardelli (17 goals), Caleb Petrie (14), Grayden Stone (12) and Joey Heinert (11).

"We know what we are getting in Bismarck High," Stockert said. "It's always nice to say our hockey season goes into the final day. Either way it'll be a hard battle to bring home the hardware."

Jamestown 4, Grafton-Park River 2

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JAM 1 3 0 -- 4

GPR 0 2 0 -- 2

First period

1. J, Devin Hofmann (Connor Fuchs, Parker Stockert), 16:11; 24.

Second period

2. J, Jace Thompson (Bryce Nelson), 1:27; 8. 3. G, Sam Keeley (Tom Magnusson), 8:46; 7. 4. G, Taylan Sangrait (Nathan Gilleshammer), 12:04; 5. J, Alex Senf (Bryce Nelson), 16:10; 19. 6. J, Hofmann (Tommy Falk, Connor Fuchs), 16:36; 25.

Goalie saves: GFP, Bennett Carter 6-10-6--22. J, Matthew Schneider 11-9-11--31.

Penalties: J, 3 for 6 minutes. GFP, 3 for 6 minutes.

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Records: Jamestown 14-11-0. Fargo Davies 9-17-0.

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