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Hofmann hat trick sparks Jays to victory over DL hockey

Jamestown's Leo Halko (21) collides with Detroit Lakes' Jace Kovash Tuesday during hockey action at John L. Wilson Arena. John M. Steiner / Forum News Service

After holding Williston scoreless Saturday night, Jamestown High School nearly did the same against Detroit Lakes (Minn.) until a third-period goal finally ended the scoreless streak at 95 minutes. Meanwhile, Jamestown cruised to a 5-2 victory over the Lakers Tuesday night at John L. Wilson Arena.

Matt Schneider stopped 25 pucks through two periods. After Jamestown took a 3-0 lead on Hofmann’s natural hat trick to the locker room going into the third period, sophomore Riley Gerhardt took over in the third period and stopped 11 of 13 shots.

Hofmann, Jamestown's leading scorer, returned back from a week-long illness and scored a hat trick 31 minutes into the game.

Hofmann took a slapshot that made its way through traffic and found the back of the net in the first period. In the second, he drove to his backhand side and put a puck past the glove of sophomore goalie Blake Itzen to double up the score. Hofmann completed the hat trick three minutes later.

DL center Ryan Paskey scored off a backhand that managed to beat Gerhardt in the third period.

Leo Halko drove up the ice nine seconds later and scored to give the Blue Jays a 5-1 lead.

Laker sophomore defender Jackson Fields scored with four minutes remaining on a wrist shot.

Jamestown 5, Detroit Lakes 2

JAM 1 2 2 -- 5

DL 0 0 2 -- 2

1. J, Devin Hofmann (Unassisted), 11:45; 17.

2. J, Hofmann (Tommy Falk), 11:06; 18.

3. J, Hofmann (Alex Senf), 14:04; 19.

4. J, Senf (Jace Thompson, Bryce Nelson), 2:44; 13.

DL, Ryan Paskey (Ben Unruh, Alex Bren), 5:58; 3.

Leo Halko ( Hofmann, Parker Stockert), 6:07;

DL, Jackson Carlblom (Unassisted), 13:38; 6.

Goalie saves: J, Matthew Schneider 11-14--25, Riley Gerhardt 11--11.

DL, Blake Itzen 11-10-4--25.

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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