Anticipation rose for the first Jimmies Hockey game, at the Wilson Arena on Thursday night. With new talent and fresh faces of 4 new freshmen playing for the D1 team this year, such as Philippe Lessard and Mario Decapite, among familiar faces, with the likes of our goalie Tyson Brouwer and our Captain this year, Jason Richter. The season started off with the Jimmies’ first game against Minot State, with an exciting first period. No goals were conceived, and none scored, but that didn’t portray the level of competition displayed by both teams in the exciting first period.
The second period is where things got interesting. Canadian Sophomore, Greg Susinski, scored the first goal of the game and the first goal of the Jimmies hockey season in this case, giving the Jimmies a 1-0 lead against the Beavers.
Minot State came back scoring the tiebreaker, followed closely by another goal, meaning the Jimmies were 2-1 down at the end of the second period.
Hope was slowly diminishing for the Jimmies, until Greg Susinski scored the sensational tying goal, with 12.2 seconds remaining of the third period. This led to overtime, when unfortunately, the Beavers claimed the game within the first few minutes, resulting in a 3-2 win to Minot State.
This is only the beginning of the season for the D1 Hockey team, with so much potential and talent, there is no doubt that they will have a successful season.
The next home game is against Midland University on October 15th, where talent and determination will definitely be displayed.
The University of Jamestown Women’s Volleyball team is poised for a huge season after finding massive success in last year’s regular season and playoffs but ended up falling short in the Final Four losing to Midland in four sets. The 2021 team has many new faces, but also only graduated two seniors from last year so the continuity is still there for the Jimmies. Last season there was only 1 loss on the Jimmie ledger and it was in straight sets to University of Northwestern- St.Paul. This was non-conference so it never ended up hurting the Jimmies in their overall standings, but it let people know they were human after all.
If there is one thing to note about these Jimmies it is that there is a lot of experience on this roster. Kalli Hegerle came off one of her best seasons as the leading attacker and captain of the squad. This fall in GPAC play the Jimmies will face the team that squashed their national championship hopes in GPAC play a team in Midland that the Jimmies took care of business against two times last year beating them in the regular season and again in the postseason in the GPAC tournament.
In the opening coaches poll for women’s volleyball the Jimmies received the No. 2 overall ranking in the country. Initial thought could be nervous with that high of a seed and with such high expectations there might be a lot of pressure on this team. So far the Jimmies have played exceptional volleyball posting an 11-0 record and 2-0 in conference. It has been utter domination for the Jimmies, out of the first eleven matches so far only one has gone to an additional set, and that was against the No. 8 team in the nation Northwestern and the Jimmies won that match in five sets winning the 5th set 15-12.
The Jimmies played their first home match of the season this week as they took on another tough opponent, the Dordt Defenders, who came into the match No. 5 in the country. The GPAC has become one of the best conferences in the country for women’s volleyball having seven ranked teams in the nation and five of those seven are in the top ten.