Tuesday tagged as a night to remember at Wilson Arena
The Jamestown High School girls hockey team took on Bismarck Century on Jan. 3.
JAMESTOWN — What can you really say about Lindsey Vogel?
Jamestown High School Class of 2021 grad Kaycee Johnson was quoted saying:
"(Vogel) reminded me how fun hockey could truly be and what being a part of a team truly meant. She was such a selfless, giving person and only wanted those around her to succeed."
Johnson's sentiment and other fond memories involving Vogel were shared Tuesday night at Wilson Arena.
"Lindsey meant everything to our program," JHS head girls hockey coach Andy Fitzgerald said. "When I first started coaching, she was like the glue that held the team together. The team get-togethers, the team breakfasts, the team bonding — that stuff meant as much to her as the hockey did and what she did for girls hockey here in Jamestown — I can't even put that into words."
Vogel, a former assistant coach for the Jamestown High School girls hockey team, passed away in July 2022 due to a blood infection. Her passing came as a shock to many as treatment appeared to be going well until she suddenly passed away.
"When I first started coaching, we had some rough years," Fitzgerald said. "Lindsey was always the one who remained positive, optimistic and upbeat. She helped keep me together as well as our team. She was always looking towards the future and always had great ideas of how we could do things better.
"I want to make sure we do a good job of honoring what she really meant to girls hockey here in Jamestown and the hockey community in general. Losing her was a huge loss for us. She's greatly missed and will always be a part of the Blue Jay family she helped to build."
Vogel played a major role in the development of girls hockey in Jamestown. She herself played for the first-ever Blue Jay girls hockey team back in 2002-03 and then after graduating from UND, she spent many years coaching the youth programs before she was hired as the assistant coach for the Blue Jays in 2015.
Vogel was Fitzgerald's assistant coach for four years. During her time spent as the Blue Jays' assistant coach, Vogel organized events such as the "Girls Night Out" and "Skate with the Blue Jays" as ways to attract other girls to the sport of girls hockey.
The former assistant coach would have been proud of how her team battled Tuesday night.
Jamestown wound up falling 6-2 to Bismarck Century to drop to 2-6 in the state standings and 3-6-1 overall. Jamestown is slated to be back at Wilson Arena on Thursday against Mandan. The Jays and Braves are scheduled to face off at 7 p.m.
Jamestown was only assessed one minor in the first period but it was a costly one.
Century put three on the board in the two-minute span, giving the Patriots a 3-0 advantage with 2:54 left on the clock.
The lead dropped to two goals by the time the first break rolled around.
Blue Jay sophomore Ellie Krueger sped down the ice and put one in between the pipes to make it a two-score game with 2:12 remaining in the opening period. The Blue Jay defense remained stout, keeping the rest of the Patriots' shots clear of the net. Century wound up outshooting the Jays 19-4 in the first.
Brenna Curl might have missed at a second goal scored in the first period but there was no stopping her at the start of the second.
The Century junior came blazing down the ice and powered one past Blue Jay goalkeeper Olivia Sorlie to make it 4-1 Century but the Jays managed to keep the Patriots out of the net for the next 16 minutes and 43 seconds.
Sorlie wound up making 11 saves in the second — two more than Century's Kambree Grabar had in the first and second periods combined.
Century's defenses proved not quite as stout as the Blue Jays' late in the second.
Hannah Soulis netted her third goal of the season off an assist from Krueger and Liv Frohlich to make it a two-goal game with about four minutes left in the second frame.
The Patriots notched another pair of goals in the third to end it 6-2.
"Lindsey would have liked the fight that we had," Fitzgerald said. "We made some really bad mistakes that led to some scoring opportunities for (Century) but we had a lot of fight in us tonight. I think Lindsey would be proud of how we played.
"This night is pretty special for us to be able to recognize us and how much she meant to our team."
Century 6, Jamestown 2
BC 3 1 2 — 6
JHS 1 1 0 — 2
1. BC, Avery Matt (Brenna Curl), 11:54; 2. BC, Josie Anfinson (Reagan Haley), 12:44; 3. BC, Curl (Anfinson, Matt), 13:25; 4. JHS, Ellie Krueger (unassisted), 14:48.
5. BC, Curl (Matt), 0:17; 6. JHS, Hannah Soulis (Krueger, Liv Frohlich),12:58
7. BC, Curl (Matt), 6:41; 8. BC, Anfinson (Curl, Haley), 15:27
Goalie saves: Century, Kambree Grabar 3-6-8—17; Jamestown, Olivia Sorlie 16-11-10—37
Penalties: Century 6 for 12 minutes; Jamestown 2 for 4 minutes