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Tom Mix, Published February 21 2013

Jamestown makes program history with ND state girls hockey win

GRAND FORKS – The Jamestown girls hockey team accomplished two things it never had done before on Thursday.

The Blue Jays scored their first-ever win in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota state tournament by defeating Fargo South-Davies 4-2 at Olympic Arena. The victory was Jamestown’s first over the Bruins in team history.

Jamestown (18-6-0) advances to play West Fargo at noon today in the semifinals at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

“I don’t even have the words to explain it,” Jamestown senior defenseman Amber Schaack said. “We are so excited. We have never beaten (South-Davies) before, so beating them and playing West Fargo in the semifinals just adds to it.”

Schaack scored a goal 3 minutes, 27 seconds into the second period that gave Jamestown an early 2-0 lead. It was her 40th goal of the season.

Jamestown only carries 13 players on its roster and has qualified for the last four state tournaments.

“It goes without saying that this is a huge win for us,” Jamestown head coach and Amber’s father Brad Schaack said. “It is an awesome feeling. Hopefully we get another first (today). We have never beaten West Fargo.”

Sophomore forward Torri Kamlitz scored the Blue Jays’ first goal with 2:07 left in the first period. Kamlitz also scored an empty-net goal in the third period.

Senior Steph Kamlitz scored a power-play goal for Jamestown with 39 seconds left in the second period, which restored the Blue Jays’ two-goal lead after Bruins freshman forward Alex Woken scored midway through the second.

South-Davies (14-10-0) plays Williston in the consolation semifinals at 5:30 p.m. today at Olympic Arena.

“They blocked a lot of shots and were on our sticks the entire game,” South-Davies head coach Josh Issertell said. “The premium scoring opportunities that they created for themselves were put in the back of the net. Unfortunately for us, we did not do that.”

The Bruins were held in check most of the game thanks to the crafty play of Jamestown’s senior goalie Carissa Finck, who stopped 23 shots in the win.

“We kept their first line under control and took advantage of our chances,” Brad Schaack said. “We could have had a few more, but our goalie (Carrisa Finck) came up big. When they had a shot in the slot, she came out and challenged it. She took everything away.”

FIRST PERIOD: 1, J, T. Kamlitz, 14:53.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, J, Schaack, 3:27. 3, FSD, Woken, (Thomas, Tupa), 6:51. 4, J, S. Kamlitz, (Schaack), 16:21 (pp).

THIRD PERIOD: 5, FSD, Tupa, (Woken, Hanson), 14:22 (pp). 6, J, T. Kamlitz, 16:48 (en).

SAVES: J, Finck 8-7-8–23. FSD, Grothmann 8-11-3–22.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562