The Lumberjack hockey team has been playing well lately, and were looking to stay hot for when they head to the national tournament. A two game home stand for the Jacks came as they would play first the Williston State Tetons, and then the University of Jamestown Jimmies.
The first game against WSC would be a great matchup for the Jacks, because last time they play, the Jacks were able to get the victory, but came with hard work and timely goals. In the first period, the Jacks were able to get a power play goal from Matt Miniaci at the 10 minute mark. Soon after, the Tetons answered back with a power play goal of their own to tie it one a piece.
In the second, Harrison Aide was able to get a breakaway goal early in the period to give the Jacks a 2-1 lead. Not to be outdone, the Tetons answered back to tie it at two. On a penalty kill, Harrison Aide was able to take advantage of a mishandled pass by the Tetons and score a short-handed goal to give the Jacks the 3-2 lead.
In the third, both teams had great opportunities to score, but both goaltenders played phenomenally, which would keep the score at 3-2 with the Jacks getting the victory.
The second day, the Jacks knew they would have to play solid as the Jacks were coming off a tough game, and the Jimmies being able to have a break the day before.
To start the game, Jacks forward, Zach Garrett was able to put two goals up to give the Jacks a 2-0 lead before heading into the intermission.
In the second, the Jimmies scored within the first ten seconds to cut the lead in half 2-1. That goal gave the Jimmies a spark as they were able to tack on another point to tie the game 2-2. From there it was all Lumberjacks as Harrison Aide, Andrew Carriere, and Austyn Lorenz were able to each score a goal to give the Jacks a 5-2 lead.
In the third period, the Jimmies changed their goalie and helped not allow the Jacks to score anymore, but Fitzgerald's performance in the crease was too much for the Jimmies, which would keep them from scoring any in the third.
The Jacks' final home game will be on February 14 against Minot State with puck dropping at 7:30.