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Blue Jays notch 10-goal shutout over Midgets

The Jamestown High School boys hockey team took on Dickinson on Jan. 27.

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Jamestown's Nolan Nenow, left, leads some teammates across the ice to parade in front of the bench after scoring the sixth goal against Dickinson on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at Wilson Arena.
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Thomas Pfeifer shouted almost as loud as the air horns Thursday night at Wilson Arena.

For good reason.

With 10:21 gone in the second period in the Jamestown High School boys hockey tilt against Dickinson, Pfeifer capitalized on a pair of assists and sent the puck flying in to record the first goal of his senior season.

"It is exciting for him," JHS head coach Matt Stockert said. "It's always good to have other scoring along with the norm and when you get that you are honestly that much harder to beat."

While the goals haven't been abundant for Pfeifer so far this season, his team is having no trouble finding the back of the net.

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Pfeifer's score capped off a 7-0 Blue Jay run that eventually turned into a 10-0 win for the home team.

The Jays are now 11-2 and 12-3 overall and are tied with Minot for the No. 1 spot in the West Region. Both the Jays and Magicians have 32 total points.

It didn't take long for the goals to start landing for the Jays Thursday night.

With just over four minutes gone, Tyson Jorrisen kicked off the Blue Jays' 4-0, first-period scoring run. Jorrisen gave the Jays the lead drilling it past Midget netminder Merik Low off assists from Jarrett Zalumskis and Hunter Nelson.

The assist was Nelson's 17th of the season and five minutes later, the senior captain added another stat to his season total.

Nelson caught a pass from Brooks Roaldson to tally his ninth goal of the season. He also delivered on his next shift sending in a shot that deflected off Low's stick and settled into the left corner of the net.

Dickinson just couldn't seem to find any traction and a five-minute major on Dawson Frank for head contact did them no favors, putting them down a man against some hot-handed Blue Jay scoring.

Zach Lunde joined in the Blue Jay scoring fun 30 seconds after Nelson's second goal had been recorded. The Jays entered the first-period break up 4-0.

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The score turned to 5-0 with 51 seconds gone in the second when Joe Cummings landed the eighth goal of his senior campaign.

The Jays are currently leading the West Region in goals scored with 76, putting them in the top-four in the state. Grand Forks Red River, Fargo Davies and Fargo North are the only other teams in the state who have tabulated more goals.

Nenow extended the Jays' run to six with a perfectly queued-up shot from center ice. Nenow is currently leading the entire state in total scoring with 20 goals and 20 assists for 40 total points.

The second, third and fourth leading scorers are all from Fargo North — the team that happens to be the Jays' next competition. The Spartans are slated to face off against the Blue Jays Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Wilson Arena.

"Our offense has been good this season," Stockert said. "When you get that other scoring from the not normal players it's always a good thing and it makes your totals go up."

While the Jays do a solid job at scoring against their opponents, the stat Stockert is always happy to see is the one that reads: 'no goals allowed'.

"We do a pretty good job in the D-zone and when we are top-five in the state as far as how many we've given up, it makes me smile a little bit," Stockert said. "It means that we are getting back and when we get back we try and box things out and make the right decisions."

Dickinson turned aggressive midway through the second, racking up a pair of minors, putting them at a disadvantage late in the second.

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The speed from the remaining Midgets' was there, but the team proved unable to capitalize on any scoring opportunities. The Midgets came up empty from the Jays' final scoring play of the second, defenseless against Zach Lunde's bullet to the inside.

Stockert's crew stayed disciplined through the final frame with Jorrisen notching the team's tenth goal five seconds before the final horn blew.

"It's always good to play in front of the home crowd that's for sure," Stockert said. "We played a pretty good hockey game tonight, that's for sure."

Jamestown 10, Dickinson 0

DHS 0 0 0 — 0

JHS 4 4 2 — 10

Scoring

First period: 1. JHS, Tyson Jorissen (Jarrett Zalumskis, Hunter Nelson), 4:19; 2. Nelson (Brooks Roaldson), 9:13; 3. Nelson (Roaldson, Joe Cummings), 12:54; 4. JHS, Zach Lunde (Michael Mahoney, Max Mehus), 13:21.

Second period: 5. JHS, Joe Cummings (Nolan Nenow, Braxton Jorrisen), 0:51; 6. JHS, Nenow (Conner McLachlan), 2:08; 7. JHS, Thomas Pfeifer (McLachlan, Reagan Sortland),10:21; 8. JHS, Zach Lunde (Mehus, McLachlan), 15:43.

Third period: 9. JHS, Roaldson (McLachlan), 6:41; 10. Jorrisen (unassisted), 16:55.

Goalie saves: DHS, Merik Low, 15-6-x—21; Zander Haven x-2-7—9; JHS, Brode Hillstrom 6-10-5—21

Penalties: DHS 4 for 11 minutes; JHS 4 for 8 minutes.

Related Topics: JAMESTOWN BLUE JAYSDICKINSON HIGH SCHOOLBLUE JAYS HOCKEY
Katie Ringer is a sports reporter for the Jamestown Sun. Katie joined the Sun staff in the summer of 2019 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a degree in journalism. She can be reached by email at kringer@jamestownsun.com or by phone at 701-952-8460.
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