Jamestown rout Dickinson on home ice
Dickinson's three-game win streak in conference play was snapped Saturday night.
DICKINSON — Defensively, it was the Midgets’ worst performance of the season Saturday night. But to be fair to Dickinson, it’s been hard for anyone to slow down the Blue Jays this season. They’ve scored at least six goals on four occasions and average 4.4 goals per game.
It was the third game in a row Jamestown scored at least six goals as they poured it on in Dickinson, winning 7-1 at the West River Ice Center.
From the opening face-off Jamestown’s quality was on display. The Midgets (1-4-2-1, 1-7-2-1) were already behind the eight ball before the game began when starting goaltender Jayce Concha was injured in warm-ups.
It meant junior Merik Low got the call between the pipes, who also played in the junior varsity game earlier in the day.
It was a tough spot to be in given the quality of the opponent, but he was able to hang in there for all three periods.
“Our best defense is our offense,” Dickinson head coach Dallas Kuntz said. “I thought our defenseman played admirably today in front of our net…at the end of the third period he’s (Low) six periods in and 80 to 90 shots on the day so I thought our defense did a good job of keeping pucks away from him.”
Jamestown (7-2-1-0, 7-3-1-0) fired on goal early, scoring four goals in the first period. The first came just a few minutes into the game from junior defenseman Conner McLachlan. The next came when Dickinson was on the power play. Junior forward Brooks Roaldson corralled the loose puck and maneuvered his way through the Midgets’ defense for the unassisted goal to make it 2-0.
Dickinson responded with a stellar goal of their own. Junior forward Cole Kadrmas found the puck to the right of the goal close to the blue line and fired in the slapshot that struck the back of the net.
For a moment it was a beacon of hope for the Midgets down 2-1, but their fortunes went south again as the Blue Jays found another goal 27 seconds later. They were determined on the night to not give Dickinson a sliver of hope.
One last goal with 17 seconds remaining in the first period made it 4-1 to Jamestown with the Midgets looking to catch their breath after a five-goal opening period.
“We knew they were difficult coming in,” Kuntz said. “We know what kind of team they are, we've played them a lot. We have to match that speed and intensity.”
It was all defense in the second period with both teams remaining scoreless. Both had nine shots on goal.
The goals came alive again in the third but only for Jamestown, bagging three more. They made quick work in getting back on the scoreboard, notching a goal just over a minute into the period.
Two more later in the period cemented the 7-1 scoreline.
Low made 32 saves. Jamestown senior goaltender Brode Hillstrom had 18.
Despite the two losses in West Fargo in late December, the Midgets held a three-game win streak in WDA play dating back to Dec. 11. That streak came to an end Saturday night against the second-placed team in the region.
“This was a slice of humble pie,” Kuntz said. “We can’t feel sorry for ourselves because we have Legacy on Tuesday.”
Dickinson won’t return home until Jan. 22. Their next four games will be on the road against Bismarck Legacy, Mandan, Jamestown and Hazen-Beulah.
Dickinson - 1 0 0, 1
Jamestown - 4 0 3, 7
J - 2:25, Conner McLachlan (2), assisted by Hunter Nelson (13) and Brooks Roaldson (10), 1-0
J - 9:50, Roaldson (6), unassisted, 2-0
D - 10:11, Cole Kadrmas (3), assisted by Ryker Klaman (1), 2-1
J - 10:38, Ashton Stockert (3), assisted by Nelson (14) and Zach Rene (2), 3-1
J - 16:43, McLachlan (3), assisted by Hillstrom (1), 4-1
J - 1:06, Joe Cummings (5), assisted by Nolan Nenow (15), 5-1
J - 12:51, Cummings (6), assisted by Nenow (16) and Nelson (15), 6-1
J - 16:00, Easton Romsdal (1), assisted by Jarrett Zalumskis (5) and Jordan Johnson (3), 7-1