The Jamestown Ironmen won in dramatic fashion Friday night, posting a 4-3 shootout victory over the Springfield Jr. Blues in a North American Hockey League game.
Jamestown (5-2-2) trailed 3-0 until getting on the scoreboard with a goal by Tyler Dunagan with 3:47 remaining in the second period. Springfield's 3-1 lead stood for most of the third until forward Ross Pavek's brawl against the boards help to shift the momentum towards the hometown team.
Dylan Zink scored for the Ironmen on a slap shot from just inside the blue line with 3:10 remaining in the game to cut the Jr. Blues (1-6-2) lead down to one goal and then added his second goal of the night with only three seconds remaining in the game, forcing overtime.
Matthew Crocket of the Jamestown Ironmen, right, battles for the puck with a Springfield Junior Blues player during Friday night’s North American Hockey League game. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Valory S. Isaacson
"My first game here couldn't have gone any better," said Zink, who Jamestown recently acquired through trade and was playing in his third game with the team. "It was great being the new guy and getting a couple of big goals right away. That really helps to break the ice."
The four-on-four, 5-minute overtime was scoreless, thanks to a strong defensive effort by the Ironmen and the game then shifted to the shootout where Jamestown sealed the game with three goals to Springfield's two.
Ironmen goaltender Tim Shaughnessy stopped 20 out of 23 shots on the night and was excellent down the stretch, allowing nothing past him in the third period and overtime and having the edge during the shootout.
Jamestown outshot the visitors, 40-23, and received three assists from Even Ritt and a pair from Victor Johansson.
The Ironmen picked up two points with the win and will square off against Springfield today at 5 p.m. at the JSB Arena.