You can bet the Bismarck Demons are glad to see Jamestown goalie Matthew Schneider is a senior.
The Demons fires 53 shots at the Jamestown net Thursday night and Schneider intercepted 51 of them. The two that got away made the difference, however, as BHS won 2-0 at the Capital Ice Center in its final regular season game
Schneider's wizardry is nothing new to the Demons. He stopped 50 shots in a 3-2 Bismarck win at Jamestown in January.
"That kid is a stud. He's a good goalie" said junior forward Caleb Petrie, who scored the second Bismarck goal. "That being said, five goals on 100 shots? We've got to make better use of our opportunities."
Indeed, BHS has found the net just six times in its last four games, three of them losses to Fargo Davies, Fargo South-Shanley and Century.
That lack of firepower was on the mind of Bismarck head coach Mike Peluso after the game, as well.
"This was a game to get ourselves playing a certain way. I liked the way we played tonight," Peluso said. "But we've got to figure out a way to get stronger on the puck. Sooner or later something has got to give. We're playing the right way -- the way we want them to play coming down to tournament time."
The only place the game was fairly even was on the scoreboard. BHS outshot the Blue Jays 14-3 in a fruitless first period and 25-8 in a scoreless third session for a game advantage of 53-19.
Senior goalie Austin Martin picked up his sixth shutout of the season in the Bismarck net, turning sway 19 Jamestown attempts.
In the wake of an exasperating first period at the hands of Schneider, Bismarck finally got on the scoreboard in the second minute of the second session.
Junior forward Dain Sardelli tipped a blast from the point by sophomore Dayton Deics past Schneider at 1:52 as the puck skipped off the goalie's left leg pad and into the net.
It didn't take Petrie a full three minutes to follow up. He beat Schneider from close range at 4:23, a goal set up by senior linemate Grayden Stone.
"(Stone) had his head up. He was looking at me coming into the slot and he fed me as I was crashing the net," Petrie said. "It was a great pass."
Petrie said the Demons absolutely needed a win on Thursday with the West Region tournament in Minot right around the corner.
"We needed a comeback game. We went on a three-game skid there. We got 50-plus shots tonight, and that was good, but going into the tournament we'll be looking for a little more (offensive) finish," he observed.
The victory gives Bismarck a 15-6 mark, 10-2 in the West Region. BHS will go into the regional tournament seeded second behind Century.
Jamestown dipped to 11-9, 7-7 in the region. The Blue Jays, fourth with 21 points, have also completed regular season play.