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Friday a 'fun' team effort for Roaldson, Blue Jay hockey

The Jamestown High School boys hockey team hosted Bottineau on Jan. 6.

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Jamestown's Tyson Jorissen (18) clashes with Brody Nordmark (16) of Bottineau-Rugby on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, at John L. Wilson Arena.
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JAMESTOWN — Jamestown High School Athletic Director, Jim Roaldson, chose a good day to camp out at Wilson Arena.

After all, it's not every day that you can watch your son get a hat trick.

"That was fun," JHS senior Brooks Roaldson said with a huge smile. "I think he made the right choice coming here tonight."

The Blue Jays boys hockey team handed Bottineau/Rugby its fourth regular season and seventh overall loss Friday night. The Blue Jays topped the Braves 5-1 to improve to 4-3 in the West and 4-4 overall.

Jamestown's third and final test of the week is scheduled to come on Saturday up at Dickinson's barn. The Jays and Midgets are scheduled to face off at 4 p.m.

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Brooks was the Jays' top-scorer on Friday, landing three of the team's five goals.

It all began with 1:47 remaining in the first period when he backhanded one in off a pair of assists from Max Mehus and Easton Romsdal.

"They beat us up in Bottineau earlier in the season and that kind of left a bad taste in our mouths and we wanted to get back at them for sure," Brooks said. "When I netted the first one, I was happy and I just wanted to keep it rolling and honestly I just wanted to come out with a win."

Wishes do come true.

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Jamestown netted two more goals to gain a comfortable 3-0 lead before Bottineau got past the Blue Jay defense.

"We played a pretty good hockey game tonight," JHS head coach Matt Stockert said. "They did a lot of good things today that they haven't all year. We did a good job overall of creating some pressure and having support."

Brooks was credited with the Jays' fourth goal of the night — sliding one past Freeman to notch the hat trick and give the Jays a 4-1 lead.

Brooks has been a part of the Blue Jays' varsity roster since his sophomore year. As a sophomore, he scored five goals and was credited with seven assists for 12 total points to end the 2020-21 season.

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He tripled his production in his junior season netting 15 goals and 21 assists for 36 points.

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Jamestown's Brooks Roaldson (26) moves along the boards in front of Macen Heisler (7) of Bottineau-Rugby on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, at John L. Wilson Arena.
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After tearing his right labrum in his junior baseball season, Brooks was focused on rehabbing his shoulder in time to get back for a final season with the Blue Jay hockey squad.

"It was a long, six-month rehab process," Brooks said. "I just gradually got into stuff and eventually could do stuff on my own and it's been great ever since.

Whatever he did, it must have worked as the senior has netted seven goals and eight assists for a total of 15 points. Brooks is one goal away from tying his teammate, Gavin Gerhardt, for the most goals scored this season.

"For me, it's not really about the points," Brooks said. "I just want to end with a big W on the scoreboard. That's what matters to me. This group is a special group and I love playing with all of them. It's been a real opportunity."

As good of a year, as it has been for the three-year varsity team member, the winter has also been kind to the Jays' newcomers.

With 2:35 gone in the second period junior Owen Struble took control of the puck and skating coast-to-coast, her pushed one past the Bottineau traffic to score the Jays' second goal of the game.

The goal was the first of Struble's career.

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Jackson Maddock scored goal No. 2 of his season to make it 5-1 Jays at the end of the second period

"I am so happy when all of my other teammates score," Brooks said. "I like to score but seeing other people on my team score brings me just as much joy. I think everyone on our team wants to score and everyone can score so that's amazing when everyone else can put up numbers and it's a whole team effort."
Jamestown 5, Bottineau 1

BOT 0 1 0 — 1

JHS 1 4 0 — 5

Scoring

First period

1. JHS, Brooks Roaldson (Max Mehus, Easton Romsdal), 15:13.

Second period

2. JHS, Owen Struble (Tyson Jorissen), 2:42; 3. JHS, Roaldson (Jarrett Zalumskis), 9:11; 4. BOT, Alex Lorenz (Macen Heisler), 10:08; 5. JHS, Brooks Roaldson (Romsdal, Mehus), 13:32. 6. JHS, Jackson Maddock (Tyson Jorissen, Jordan Johnson),14:37

Third period

No scoring.

Goalie saves: Bottineau, Easton Freeman, 6-7-14—27; Jamestown, Andrew Walz 9-5-5—19

Penalties: Bottineau 2 for 4 minutes; Jamestown 3 for 6 minutes.

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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