Blue Jays outlast Magicians, will play for fifth Saturday
The Jamestown High School boys hockey team faced Minot in the State Tournament Consolation Semifinals on Feb. 25 in Fargo.
There haven't been very many times that Jamestown High School head hockey coach hasn't seen a smile on Brooks Roaldson's face.
Least of all Friday afternoon.
"The kid never seems to not have a smile on his face and that tells me as a coach that he's having fun," Stockert said. "Brooks gets after it just as good as anybody."
Roaldson got after it more than anyone else for the Blue Jays in the team's state tournament consolation semifinal matchup against Minot at Fargo's Farmers Union Insurance Center.
Roaldson helped the Blue Jays rebound from a tough 3-2 opening-round loss to West Fargo Sheyenne on Thursday to take down Minot for the second time this season. Jamestown ended Minot's season outscoring the Magicians 4-2.
Jamestown will play Mandan for the fifth-place hardware tomorrow at noon. The Jays have defeated the Braves three times so far this season, all by at least two goals.
"The big thing that mattered today was to get a W and we certainly did that," Stockert said. "We worked our tails off to get it.
"That was a great high school hockey game up and down the ice, back and forth, with the goalies making saves, killing off penalties and it was just a good, fun atmosphere."
After a scoreless first period, Hunter Nelson broke the ice for the WDA champions when he picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and skated down the left side, beating his defender and pushing one just under the blocker of Minot netminder Noah Conklin.
With the clock down to about six minutes left in the first frame, Minot tied things up after the officials called intentional offsides against Jamestown. Minot wound up winning the intending offensive zone faceoff and Caelton Eslinger got a rebound goal off the pads of Hillstrom to knot things up at one apiece.
Minot kept the Jays out of the crease the rest of the middle period and the two teams entered the locker room tied at one.
That's when Roaldson took control.
Going into the final period, the Blue Jays were riding out a two-minute minor and had 1:43 remaining in the box. Two seconds after the penalty expired, Roaldson scored sent the biscuit into the back of the net to give the Blue Jays the lead.
Minot's Ben Svangstu picked off a breakout pass and go in on a breakaway and let off a shot that cleared the glove of Blue Jay goaltender Brode Hillstrom to tie it.
Heading into the final stretch, Jamestown found themselves in the box a few more times than is typical from one of the least penalized teams in the state. The two WDA rivals combined for nine penalties for 18 minutes spent in the box.
Jamestown has recorded a total of 197 penalty minutes while their opponents have served 294 minutes.
"That's just the kids doing whatever they can do to win a hockey game," Stockert said. "It means a little bit more physicality, I don't like that we were in the box five times but the penalty killing was great on both sides today."
The Jays went 5-for-5 on their penalty kill against the Magicians.
"We don't do anything special," Stockert said of running out the penalties. "We wait for them to try and fumble it or create a turnover and then we pounce on it like a little cat and wait for the good stuff to come out.
"That's exactly what we did. Patience is sometimes hard to instill in a group of young men but they were pretty patient today and it was a good thing we did."
Roaldson was the one who clinched the Blue Jay lead, flipping in his second goal of the day with 11 minutes left in the period.
Minot pulled Conklin with about two minutes left to go 6-on-5 but that left an empty net waiting for the state's leading scorer, Nolan Nenow who netted his 31st goal of the season.
"The best thing about winning a game like that is that you get to do what you wanted to do at the beginning of the year and that's playing the last day of the season," Stockert said. "We're going to be doing that tomorrow."
Jamestown 4, Minot 2
JHS 0 1 3 — 4
MIN 0 1 1 — 2
First period: No scoring.
Second period: 1. JHS, Hunter Nelson (unassisted), 8:18; 2. MIN, Caelton Eslinger (Zachary Diehl), 10:56.
Third period: 3. JHS, Brooks Roaldson (Hunter Nelson), 1:45; 4. MIN, Ben Svangstu (unassisted), 3:40; 5. JHS, Roaldson (Tyson Jorissen), 5:36; 6. JHS, Nolan Nenow (Brooks Roaldson), 16:29.
Goalie saves: JHS, Brode Hillstrom 7-9-6—22; MIN, Noah Conklin 12-5-10—27.
Penalties: Jamestown 5 for 10 minutes; Minot 4 for 8 minutes.