The Jamestown Ironmen put up a valiant effort, but fell short to the Port Huron Fighting Falcons in their first home game of the 2012-13 season, suffering a 3-2 overtime loss in North American Hockey League action at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.
Jamestown (3-1-1) pushed the Fighting Falcons all the way into a 4-on-4 sudden death overtime before Port Huron defensemen Ryan Nick beat Ironmen goaltender Tim Shaughnessy with 1:11 left on the clock for the game-deciding goal.
The game stood scoreless until Port Huron (6-1) scored a power-play goal with only 29 seconds remaining in the first period.
Kenny Curtis of the Jamestown Ironmen takes a shot on goal during Friday night’s game against Port Huron. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Scott Reagle
The Ironmen answered back early in the second as forward Tyler Dunagan netted a goal only 1:45 into the period with assists credited to Ryan Urso and Michael Mazzota.
With the game knotted at 1-1 for a bulk of the second period, the Fighting Falcons added another goal with only two minutes remaining in the period to regain the lead.
Jamestown forward Luc Gerdes took an assist from Victor Johansson to capitalize on the power play with his fifth goal of the season at the 9:49 mark in the third period to once again even the score and the game remained 2-2 as regulation ended.
"We were behind the entire game, but did a great job of battling to stay in it," said Ironmen head coach and general manager Dan Daikawa. "We made one more mistake than they did and it cost us the game."
The Ironmen tallied 40 shots on goal compared to the Fighting Falcon's 23.
"We had a game plan and we stuck to it pretty well," said Daikawa. "We know we outshot them, but they capitalized on their opportunities, and that was the difference in the game. If we can clean up the few mistakes we made and capitalize with a win tonight, we can walk away from this weekend with three points." said Daikawa. "Earning three points every weekend will land you at the top of the division and in the playoffs."
The teams play again today at the JSBA at 5 p.m.