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LUCKY NO. 13: Jimmies score late to top Rams

It's called the sin bin for a reason. University of Jamestown and Colorado State combined for 24 penalties at John L. Wilson Arena Friday night. So with the game tied at 2-2 going into the third period, it was only fitting the Jimmies' Jason Rich...

University of Jamestown's Allan Pruss moves the puck along the boards in men's hockey action against Colorado State at John L. Wilson Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun
University of Jamestown's Allan Pruss moves the puck along the boards in men's hockey action against Colorado State at John L. Wilson Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun

It's called the sin bin for a reason.

University of Jamestown and Colorado State combined for 24 penalties at John L. Wilson Arena Friday night. So with the game tied at 2-2 going into the third period, it was only fitting the Jimmies' Jason Richter scored the game-winner on the power play.

"We had a lot of power plays," said Richter, who put UJ out front with five minutes remaining in the game. "I mean, we have a good power play so one was bound to go in for sure."

Richter scored a late open-net goal after the Rams pulled their goalie with 1:44 left in the game to secure the 4-2 win.

"It felt like a lot of people were up against us tonight," said Jimmie hockey coach Cole Bell. "The guys came together as a team, stayed composed, kept their eyes on the prize and we were able to come out with another huge win."

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Jamestown capitalized with a man advantage twice in the contest, while Colorado State tallied one power-play goal. Both teams had plenty of opportunities throughout to put the puck in the net.

The Jimmies got out to a 2-0 lead after the first 20 minutes. Cameron Todd started the scoring with a one-timer on a cross-ice path nearly nine minutes in, and Brett Harris tallied the other three minutes later.

The start was much better than Thursday's 3-2 victory over the Rams, after the Jimmies got pushed around and let Colorado State capitalize on a defensive mistake.

"We learned from what happened yesterday," Bell said. "The guys were pretty fired up."

The Rams caught some lucky bounces in the second period. Colorado State cut the lead in half after Liam Miller capitalized on a puck that deflected off a stick and landed in the slot for the easy goal. Riley Defazio tied the game with a slap shot through traffic at the tail end of the period.

Even with the game tied, Jamestown heavily outshot its opponent 37-19 throughout the contest, while holding the visitors to single digit shots in all three periods.

"They are a very well-coached team; very structured. They didn't give us much in the offensive zone," Bell said. "Credit to our guys for pushing through. Their goalie stood on his head, but I have to say our goalie played better."

Jamestown has now won lucky No. 13 in a row and is also perfect in 2018.

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The Jimmies will play their third game in three nights on the road against Dakota College at Bottineau (11-9-3) today.

"It's going to be a good chance to continue the momentum," Bell said. "We're going to get a lot of extra guys in the lineup and get some guys a little more ice than they're used to or may have seen. It's just going to help further us down the road as we move towards nationals here."

(9) Jamestown 4, Colorado State 2

CSU 0 2 0 -- 2

JAM 2 0 2 -- 4

Scoring

First period

1. J, Cameron Todd (Unassisted), 8:25; 8. 2. Brett Harris (Jason Richter, Todd), 11:02; 9.

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Second period

3. C, Liam Millar (Alec Orme, RIley Defazio), 4:47; 5. 4. Defazio (Corey Taylor), 19:32; 6.

Third period

5. J, Jason Richter (Todd, Cole McKechney), 15:10; 14. 6. J, Open net: Richter (Graeme Close), 19:12; 15.

Goalie saves: C, Dax Deadrick 13-11-10--34; J, Tyson Brouwer 7-5-5--17.

Penalties: J, 11 minors for 22 minutes. C, 13 minors for 26 minutes.

Records: Jamestown 23-11-0-1. Colorado State 8-23-2-0.

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