Blue Jays Roundup: Hockey scores a huge win in Minot Monday
The Jamestown High School boys hockey team defeated Minot on Jan. 23, 2023.
MINOT — 10 days ago Minot got the best of the Blue Jay boys hockey team at Wilson Arena.
On Monday, the Blue Jays flipped the script.
"I think we came out tonight with the mindset that we are sick and tired of losing games, and we need to finish our chances and put the puck in the back of the net," JHS senior Max Mehus said. "We all know that the WDA tournament is coming up quickly so we need to be playing our best hockey and tonight showed that we are starting to find ourselves."
The Jays' 22 shots on goal Monday, resulted in four goals on to get them a 4-1 win over the Magicians and improve their record to 6-5-1 in the West Region and 7-6-1 overall.
Head coach Matt Stockert and the Jays will head east on Thursday to take on Fargo North. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:30 p.m. at the Fargo Coliseum.
"(We had) a solid effort from the kids tonight," Stockert said. "We put pucks in when needed and were really good in the second and third taking away opportunities from Minot."
Jamestown's Easton Romsdal struck first at the 4:44 mark in the opening period and about nine minutes later, Brooks Roaldson doubled the Jays' score with a goal scored off an assist from Gavin Gerhardt. Ashton Stockert took about seven minutes into the second period to net the Blue Jays' third straight goal.
"We cleared pucks when needed and got pucks deep and made a collective decision to block shots," Stockert said. "(When you) put that all together that usually equates to a decent opportunity to win hockey games."
Minot's Carter Coleman snapped Jamestown's scoring run with a goal coming off an assist from Jaxon Bradley with about 1:15 left in the second to make the score 3-1 Blue Jays. Roaldson was credited with the Jays' final goal of the night with an unassisted score coming at the 15:25 mark of the final period.
Minot outshot the Jays 39-22. Jamestown goalie, Andrew Walz, came up with 38 saves.
"Having Andrew behind us making save after save and keeping us in games is a huge factor to our success, he performs well every night and continues to shock us with some saves he makes every day," Mehus said. "As coach Matt always says, 'when you play hockey the right way, good things happen.' That was proven true tonight as we did the little things right and got pucks deep and went to work."
Jamestown 4, Minot 1
JHS 2 1 1 — 4
MIN 0 1 0 — 1
1. JHS, Easton Romsdal (Brooks Roaldson, Max Mehus), 4:44; 2. JHS, Roaldson (Gavin Gerhardt), 13:52.
3. JHS, Ashton Stockert (Nate Walz), 11:22; 4. MIN, Carter Coleman (Jaxon Bradley), 15:44.
4. JHS, Roaldson (unassisted), 15:25.
Goalie saves: Jamestown, Andrew Walz, 18-9-11—38; Minot, Blays Ostrom, 6-9-4—19.
Penalties: Jamestown 4 for 8 minutes; Minot 2 for 4 minutes.