Balanced scoring leads Minot to 6-0 win

Sean Williams/MDN Payton Lang (16) of Minot High sets up in the offensive zone against Jamestown on Friday afternoon at the Maysa Arena.

Opening a two-game weekend slate was the Minot High girls’ hockey team, as they hosted the Jamestown Blue Jays on Friday afternoon at the Maysa. Entering Friday’s tilt, the Majettes (9-4-2 overall) were winners of three consecutive games as they look to keep the positive momentum building before a big matchup with Fargo Davies later this afternoon.

On the other end of the matchup, things have not been a pleasant for the Blue Jays (4-11-0), who have lost seven of their last eight. Lately, however, they have seen a bit of improved play as they have scored three goals in each of their last two matchups.

Taking an early lead and remaining in control throughout the entirety of the contest were the Majettes, who got a boost from a two-goal performance by the duo of Payton Lang and Marissa Votava, helping the Majettes win 6-0 over the Blue Jays.

Coming out strong offensively were the Blue Jays, who fired off five shots on goal in the first four minutes, but Majettes goaltender Jillian Ackerman stopped all of them. Ackerman put together another brilliant period by stopping the 12 shots she faced to begin the game.

The Majettes took the first advantage of the afternoon when Lang got a rebound sent right to her near the center of the crease, and she did not miss, giving Minot a 1-0 lead on a Brynn Hanson assist with 1:22 left in the first period.

Although Minot took 38 seconds of the power play into period two, it wasn’t until after the advantage that they would strike again. Getting a two-goal burst in a three-minute span, Eve Slind scored her first of the game and Lang netted her second, giving the Majettes a 3-0 lead with 11:43 left in the second frame.

Not stopping there, the Majettes would add another goal courtesy of a crisp finish on a breakaway by Hanson, extending the lead to 4-0 that they would bring into the final intermission. In a period dominated from start to finish, the Majettes only allowed six shots on goal with Ackerman fighting off all of them.

Overcoming multiple penalties throughout the second period, the penalty kill unit did not allow the Blue Jays to capitalize on the plethora of opportunities. Even with the brief sloppy play, the Majettes remained in firm control of the contest.

Both teams would go quiet for a long duration of the final period. Two late third period goals by Votava would make it a 6-0 Minot lead, putting a bow on what was a balanced attack by Minot as they managed to score at least one goal in every period.

With the shutout on Friday afternoon, that marks the fifth of the season for Ackerman as she continues to be dominant in net for the Majettes. Securing another win, the team’s winning streak has now reached four in a row.

This afternoon, the Majettes will be back at the Maysa when they host Fargo Davies for an exciting matchup at 3:45 p.m. Minot will look to rebound from a 3-1 loss to Fargo Davies earlier this year.


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