The Jamestown Ironmen suffered a pair of losses against the Soo Eagles in North American Hockey League action last weekend.
The Ironmen held a commanding 3-1 lead with under six minutes left in Friday's contest, but the Eagles scored a pair of late goals to push the game into overtime, including a score with only 10seconds remaining in regulation.
"We played so well in the first two periods," said Ironmen head coach and general manager Dan Daikawa. "We went into a defensive mode, not by design, and gave them an opportunity to get back into the game, which they (Soo) took advantage of."
The Eagles (4-4-1) scored a goal 3:40 into the extra period to earn a 4-3 overtime victory over Jamestown.
Rookie forward Evan Ritt led the Ironmen on Friday, scoring his third goal of the season and adding a pair of assists. Forward, Daniel Cesarz also scored a goal and tacked on an assist while defensemen, Dylan Zink contributed with a goal. Matt Lanzillotti and Kenny Curtis each tallied an assist in the loss.
Ironmen goaltender, Tim Shaughnessy saw 41 shots and made 38 saves while the Ironmen racked up 45 total shots.
Saturday's game didn't turn out well as Jamestown (4-2-2) fell to the Eagles again, this time in regulation, 6-2.
Jamestown had no answers for the Eagles as Soo jumped out to a 3-0 lead only nine minutes into the first period.
"We were still on our heels after a tough loss on Friday; it carried over to Saturday night's game and we paid the price for it," said Daikawa.
Rookie forward Ryan Urso and Swedish-born forward, Victor Johansson each recorded their first goal of the season to bring the Ironmen to within one goal of tying the game in the second period.
The Eagles had a quick answer for Jamestown's surge with a goal less than three minutes after the Ironmen made it a one-goal game. Soo added a pair of goals in the third to finish off the game.
The Eagles did an excellent job on the penalty kill as Jamestown went 0 for 5 on power plays in Saturday night's contest.
Ironmen goaltender, Tim Shaughnessy made 26 saves before he was replaced by Reid Mimmack. Jamestown notched 34 shots and saw assists from Matt Lanzillotti, Luc Gerdes, Dylan Zink and Evan Ritt.
Aside from the NAHL Showcase Tournament which took place in Minnesota at the beginning of the season, this was the first true road trip for the 2012-13 Ironmen as well as the first road trip for Jamestown's rookie players.
"We need to learn from this trip, learn from our mistakes, move forward and use what we learn to get better," said Daikawa.
Jamestown earned one point which puts them in a three-way tie for second place in the NAHL North Division.
The Ironmen are set to host the Springfield Junior Blues (1-6-1) at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena Friday at 7 p.m.and Saturday at 5 p.m.