Jamestown Blue Jays edge Dickinson High boys hockey

JAMESTOWN -- The leading scorer for the Jamestown Blue Jays came through in the clutch at John L. Wilson Arena on Tuesday.Senior forward Austin Rene banged home a power-play goal 33 seconds into the third period, breaking up a 1-1 tie against the...

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Dickinson High junior defenseman Kaymen Kitchen, middle, works to control the puck Tuesday at John L. Wilson Arena in Jamestown. (FNS Photo by John Steiner)

JAMESTOWN - The leading scorer for the Jamestown Blue Jays came through in the clutch at John L. Wilson Arena on Tuesday.
Senior forward Austin Rene banged home a power-play goal 33 seconds into the third period, breaking up a 1-1 tie against the visiting Dickinson Midgets and vaulting Jamestown into the No. 3 spot in the West Region.
Jamestown held on for the 2-1 victory, and has now won five of its last six contests to leapfrog into third from seventh over the past 12 days.
“We’ve been in that situation a few times this year with it tied,” Rene said, who scored his 14th goal of the season. “But we know we’ve just got 17 minutes of hard work and the game could be ours.”
Jamestown senior defenseman Kelton Beedy was credited with an assist on the quick-hitting goal right out of the gate in the final frame. The Blue Jays started the third with 1:51 remaining on Dickinson’s fourth of six minor penalties in the game.
Jamestown also defeated the Midgets 6-3 in Dickinson on Jan. 9, after jumping out to a 3-1 lead after the first period.

“We wanted to go into the third period with it tied, or a one-goal game, and we were able to do that,” Dickinson coach Dallas Kuntz said. “But it was a hard-fought hockey game. Basically what you come to expect from a West Region hockey game.
“It’s good for our boys to be in games like these tight, one-goal games. We just didn’t really catch a break today.”
Dickinson applied plenty of pressure in the first period, outshooting Jamestown 14-5 on shots on goal. But Jamestown was able to take a 1-0 lead into the second period behind senior forward Gage Thompson’s third goal of the season.
Thompson put a nice move on Dickinson junior defender Dawson Kram deep in the Dickinson zone to get 1-on-1 with junior goalie Gabe Vaagen. Thompson banged it home for his 16th total point, with assists going to Braden Sherfy and Devin Hofmann.
Dickinson got the equalizer in the second to send the game to the third period tied at a goal apiece. Senior captain Michael McChesney scored unassisted off a faceoff in the Blue Jay zone with each team down a skater.
McChesney leads the state in goals scored (23), and has scored all four goals the Jays have allowed to the Midgets this season after putting up a hat trick against the Jays in Dickinson.
“We did what we needed to do to win a hockey game,” JHS coach Matt Stockert said, who also mentioned the flu-bug has been going around the JHS locker room as of late. “I thought we did some better things on the power play than we have the past couple games, so that’s a plus.
“I think overall we’re just happy to get three more points in the region.”
Jamestown entered the game two points behind Bismarck Century in fourth in the West Region standings, but Minot defeated the Patriots 5-1 on Tuesday to catapult Jamestown past Century.
The Blue Jays (6-4-1 West Region) received another solid performance from sophomore goalie Matthew Schneider. Schneider recorded 39 saves in the game, as Dickinson outshot Jamestown 40-25.
“It’s definitely a huge confidence booster that we can get some wins and some confidence rolling going into the grind month here where we’ve got 12-13 games,” Rene said. “It’s nice. We’ve just got to keep going.”
Dickinson junior goalie Gabe Vaagen posted 23 saves in the contest. The Midgets fell to 4-8 overall.
Jamestown travels to Williston for another region battle against the Coyotes on Saturday. Jamestown and Williston finished in a 3-3 tie at Wilson Arena back on Dec. 12, with Williston winning a shootout.
“It was pretty much a well-fought, hard hockey game on both sides tonight, and we win 2-1, thank goodness,” Stockert said. “We’ve played good hockey here, and hats off to the kids for grinding it out.
“We’ve just got to get back to work (today) and do what we need to do in Williston on Saturday.”

D 0 1 0 - 1
J 1 0 1 - 2
First period: 1, J, Gage Thompson (Braden Sherfy, Devin Hofmann), 8:30.
Second period: 2, D, Michael McChesney, 13:34 (4-on-4).
Third period: 3, J, Austin Rene (Kelton Beedy), 0:33 (pp).
Goalie saves: D, Gabe Vaagen 4-10-9-23; J, Matthew Schneider 14-16-9-39.

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