Blue Jays hold off DHS
JAMESTOWN — Nick Stockert was in the right place at the right time.
The junior forward from Jamestown watched the puck trickle past Dickinson goalie Eric Schaper after a Brandon Stahlhut second-period shot.
Seizing opportunity, Stockert nonchalantly tapped in the eventual game-winner, helping the Blue Jays edge Dickinson 3-2 in West Region boys hockey on Tuesday at Wilson Arena.
“(Coach Matt Stockert) talks about getting low shots on the goalie and when he gives up rebounds, you’ve got to be at the net to get those rebounds,” said Nick Stockert, who is Matt’s son. “You hope for the initial shot to go in or that it squeezes by and you get a nice tap-in goal. Anything that helps.”
Less than seven minutes into the second, Stahlhut’s shot came from the top of the left circle on a 2-on-1. Schaper appeared to have control of it, but it slipped by to his left, where Nick Stockert was waiting to give Jamestown a 3-0 lead.
“You don’t want to scream at Brandon too hard for shooting the puck, but he might have shot a little too soon,” Matt Stockert said. “On the flip side, he’s got a quick release and when he shoots, he shoots it hard. Nick was going to the net and was in the right spot at the right time.”
That wasn’t the only damage done by Nick Stockert. Ahead 1-0, he took advantage of Schaper misplaying the puck behind the net and buried it. Jacob Miller and Austin Rene assisted on the play.
“It was just a fluky bounce off the board,” Nick said. “It came right out to me and I put it in.”
Nick Watne scored straightaway on a behind-the-net feed from Tommy Bruns with less than four minutes remaining in the first period to get the Jays on the board. Dickinson wasn’t without its chances, though, as it had pucks bounce off the crossbar and post.
Jamestown goalie Brian Wenzel held Dickinson scoreless through the first 46 minutes, but two penalties put Jamestown in a bad spot in the final 5 minutes.
The Jays killed off the first one, but Mike McChesney scored on the second, cutting the deficit to one. Less than a minute and a half later, Matt Pavek slipped one by Wenzel to get the Midgets within one.
However, an interference penalty went against Dickinson for the final 1:30, hindering its chance to tie the game.
Dickinson coach Dallas Kuntz wasn’t pleased.
“I would have liked to have seen 5-on-5 the last minute and a half,” Kuntz said. “I think the refs called a great game — they weren’t calling ticky-tacky. My anger is that they waited until the final minute-thirty when we finally get some momentum going.”
Wenzel tallied 34 saves for Jamestown, which visits Dickinson on Thursday in a make-up game.
“I think we set a tone for our upcoming game in Dickinson,” Kuntz said.
Dickinson 0 0 2 – 2
Home 1 2 0 – 3
FIRST PERIOD: 1, J, Nick Watne (Tommy Bruns), 13:36.
SECOND PERIOD: 2, J, Nick Stockert (Jacob Miller, Austin Rene), 0:11. 3, J, Stockert (Brandon Stahlhut, Miller), 6:38.
THIRD PERIOD: 4, D, Mike McChesney (Matt Pavek), 12:50, power play. 5, D, Pavek (Tim Knudson), 14:19.
SAVES: D, Eric Schaper 12-16-14–42. J, Brian Wenzel 16-9-9–34.