Braves rally for 6-2 win over Jamestown
The Bottineau-Rugby hockey team gave visiting Jamestown a bit of hope on Dec. 20 at Pink the Rink night at Al Wentz Arena in Rugby.
The Blue Jays scored twice in the first period and led 2-1 heading into the third period. Then the Braves showed why they are one of just two undefeated teams remaining in West Region play. B-R rattled off five goals in the third period to improved to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in the West.
“We played pretty well, we just did not score early on,” B-R coach David Hoff said in a press release.
Hoff was happy to see two of his players notch their first varsity goals as all five third-period tallies came in a seven-minute flurry. State-scoring leader and junior Luke Amsbaugh tied the game at 2-2 with a power-play goal off an assist from Cody Bedlion at 5:08 of the third. Freshman Casey Tooke scored his first career goal just 27 seconds later with assists by Austyn Lorenz and Bedlion.
The state’s second leading scorer, senior Harrison Aide, scored two of the final three goals around a first-time goal from senior Nick Schaan. Junior goalkeeper Riley Monson finished with 25 saves and two shutout periods following a shaky start.
Amsbaugh’s 27 points (16 goals, 11 assists) are just ahead of Aide’s mark of 26 (15 g, 11 a). The next closest in points is Bismarck Century’s Keaton Leininger at 23 (11 g, 12 a) through games played by Dec. 25.
The Braves return to action on Jan. 3 in a rematch at Jamestown (1-4, 0-3). Bismarck High (8-0, 5-0) is the top team in the West followed by Minot (5-3, 5-1).