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Blue Jays ice the Midgets

Jan. 23—DICKINSON — The first period went scoreless, on Friday night, between the Dickinson Midgets and Jamestown Blue Jays, but not from a lack of effort. The two sides went back and forth, trading shots, but it wasn't until the second period when the momentum would shift decisively for Jamestown, scoring two well-placed shots. At the end of the match, the score was 3-0 with Stella Belzer assisting in all three goals.

Though the final score may seem one sided, it doesn't reflect the early effort put in by the Midgets who put double figure shots on goal in the first period. However, they suddenly fell off in their offensive opportunities, with the Blue Jays controlling the tempo of the match after taking the lead.

Jamestown bombarded the Midgets defensive zone, with strong pass work, striking in the most opportune times. The first goal came with a flick of the wrist from Blue Jays' Anna Lunde, finding the two-hole. Their second goal followed five minutes later, coming in from a top corner. This time Hannah Soulis behind the shot.

The final period allowed for one more additional biscuit for Lunde and the Blue Jays, this time Grace Allmaras and Belzer contributing in the assist. The Midgets attempted 6 shots on target in the third period, but to no avail.

Between the pipes, it was Olivia versus Olivia, with Jamestown's Olivia Sorlie thwarting 22 shots on goal and Dickinson's Olivia Vaagen stopping 27. With the Midgets defense constantly battling attacks, the score line could have been much grimmer if not for their backchecking and defensive acumen.

This was Sorlie's third shutout on the season, which was greatly needed for their team breaking a six-game skid.

The defeat moved the Midgets down to the bottom of the standings, with a North Dakota League record of 2-8-0-0. Their overall record is 5-8-0-0.