JAMESTOWN-- The Jimmie hockey team, ranked No. 14 in the first ACHA Division 1 Coaches' Poll, opens its second season Friday at Midland (Neb.), with the puck scheduled to drop at 7:45 p.m.
Jamestown finished with a 20-10-3 record in 2016-17, but was ineligible for the national tournament due to being a first-year program. Now that the Jimmies are eligible, the Orange and Black has its sights set on qualifying in 2017-18.
UJ returns its top 14 scorers from a year ago, led by Trevor Okino (SO/Richmond, British Columbia) (3 goals, 22 assists), Jason Richter (SO/Cranbrook, British Columbia) (12 goals, 12 assists), and Cameron Todd (SO/Burraneer, Australia) (10 goals, 13 assists). Eric Buckley (SO/Penticton, British Columbia) also hit the 20-point mark (8 goals, 12 assists), and Cole Zimmerman (SO/Lone Butte, British Columbia) reached the 10-goal plateau.
Tyson Brouwer (SO/Lethbridge, Alberta), who recorded a 2.46 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage, returns in net.
New to the team this year are forwards Tyler Chavez-Leech (FR/Red Deer, Alberta), Dylan Haney (FR/Brandon, Manitoba), and Ryan Pereverzoff (FR/Kelowna, British Columbia); defensemen Hayden Yaremko (FR/The Pas, Manitoba) and Trevor Pereverzoff (FR/Kelowna, British Columbia); and goaltender Tallon Kramer (FR/Grand Prairie, Alberta).
The Jimmies and Warriors will finish their weekend series Saturday and UJ will host Minot State on September 28.