ONE AND DONE: Jimmies shutout Williston State 1-0
One goal is sometimes all it takes. University of Jamestown's Bryan Kromm stuffed a puck home from the crease in the second period on Friday night at John L. Wilson Arena, lifting the Jimmies to a 1-0 victory over visiting Williston State College...
One goal is sometimes all it takes.
University of Jamestown's Bryan Kromm stuffed a puck home from the crease in the second period on Friday night at John L. Wilson Arena, lifting the Jimmies to a 1-0 victory over visiting Williston State College.
The Tetons will have a chance at revenge tonight at 7 in the second game of the weekend doubleheader.
"Our gritty, physical style. That's how we win out there," said Kromm, who has scored five goals this season. "We really proved it today."
Jamestown's physicality made all the difference on a night pucks simply weren't finding the back of the net. The Jimmies outshot the Tetons 38-14, hitting posts and crossbars along the way.
A solid night by Williston State's David Krejcik between the pipes also stood out. The sophomore from the the Czech Republic made 37 saves.
"We have to stick to our identity, and that's our identity," University of Jamestown coach Dean Stork said. "Having defensemen put pucks deep into the corners and being really physical on our forecheck. We execute some angles and have a good checking game, we're going to win some hockey games."
After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, Kromm cleaned up a shot flung in from outside the left circle by UJ's Jackson Fulton. The goal came three minutes into the second, with Fulton notching the assist.
"He just took a shot, put it off their defenseman's stick and I caught it right on mine," Kromm said. "I just shoveled it in."
Jamestown was relentless on the forecheck in the second, keeping most of the action pinned around Krejcik.
Home scoring chances were aplenty. The Jimmies' Eric Buckley ringed a shot off the far post, and Krejcik denied Jamestown forward Cole Zimmerman on a breakaway.
Williston State (15-9-1) has already been selected as one of eight direct bids for the ACHA Division II National Championships, scheduled for March 15-19 in Columbus, Ohio. The Tetons are in their first season at the ACHA D-II level, having moved up from National Junior College Athletic Association play, where they won national championships in 2013 and 2014.
"Jamestown played hard. They did what they needed to do in a game plan," Williston State head coach John Bowkus said. "They were very physical with us, and we needed a game like that. We've got nationals in a couple of weeks."
Maybe the key stat of the game came on special teams. Williston State went 0-for-5 on the power play.
"Special teams is a big part of the game," Stork said. "I think on penalty kill you've got to be above that 85 percentile, and I think we're about 86 or 87."
Williston State also held Jamestown to 0-for-3 with a man-advantage, where Jamestown is finding over 20-percent success this season.
"They've got a good team over there," Stork said of the Tetons. "They work and have got real good goaltending. We're fortunate to get the win tonight."
The Jimmies took a 2-1 season series lead over the Tetons with the win. All three games between the Jimmies and the Tetons have been decided by one goal.
"They beat us twice now, and hopefully we can come out (tonight) and show them what we're really made of," Bowkus said.
University of Jamestown (18-9-3) is currently ranked No. 8 in ACHA Division I and is unable to qualify for the postseason as a first-year team. That's just fine for Kromm and the Jimmies, for now.
"I'm really glad that I came here," Kromm said. "The group of guys that we have, we get to be with each other for four years and we're gonna build something really special I feel like."
University of Jamestown 1, Williston State College 0
Williston State 0 0 0 -- 0
Jamestown 0 1 0 -- 1
FIRST PERIOD: No scoring.
SECOND PERIOD: 1. J, Bryan Kromm (Jackson Fulton), 2:58.
THIRD PERIOD: No scoring.
GOALIE SAVES: W, David Krejcik 14-15-8--37; J, Tyson Brouwer 4-8-2--16.
PENALTIES: W, 3 minors for 6 minutes, 1 misconduct for 10 minutes; J, 5 minors for 10 minutes.
RECORDS: Jamestown 18-9-3; Williston 15-9-1.