The Jamestown Ironmen dropped their second straight home game, losing to the Johnstown Tomahawks, 3-2, in North American Hockey League play on Saturday at the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena.
Jamestown outshot the Tomahawks 17-6 in the first, but failed to get the puck past the goaltender as the game was scoreless through one period of play.
Johnstown opened up the scoring with a pair of goals in the second. Jamestown finally got on the scoreboard with a goal from Victor Johansson, assisted by Ross Pavek, with 3:04 remaining in the second to bring the score to 2-1.
Ironmen goalie Tim Shaughnessy makes a save in Saturday night’s North American Hockey League game against the Johnstown Tomahawks at the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
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Johnstown scored its second power-play goal of the game early in the third period to extend its lead to two. Luc Gerdes netted his 14th goal of the season for the Ironmen with 10:18 left in the third to bring the hometown team back to within one. That was all the scoring for Jamestown as it couldn't muster up another goal the rest of the way, allowing Johnstown (11-6-6) to hang on for the victory.
Ironmen head coach Dan Daikawa wasn't disappointed in the effort he saw from his team.
"We played well," said Daikawa. "We knew that special teams play would be the difference between winning and losing this weekend and our penalty kill hurt us again (on Saturday)."
Johnstown scored two power-play goals on five strong-handed opportunities during the contest while the Ironmen went 0-for-3. Tim Shaughnessy got the start in goal for Jamestown, tallying 24 saves on the night. Matt Lanzillotti and Nathan Ropelewski each chipped in an assist for the Ironmen.
This is only the second time this season that Jamestown (16-6-2) has been swept in a two-game weekend series, and the first time it has happened at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena. The Ironmen are 9-3 at home with two of those losses coming this weekend.
"You can't take any shifts off, or else you will pay the price," said Daikawa. "We need to refocus and prepare for a long road trip."
Jamestown won't play another home game until the Dec. 21 and is slated for six games away from JSBA in the meantime.
Jamestown will travel to the west coast for a pair of games in California against the Fresno Monsters next weekend. The team will then make its way up the coast to Washington to take on the Wenatchee Wild the following weekend. The Ironmen will round out their road trip with a pair of games in Johnstown before returning home to take on Kalamazoo on Dec. 21 and 22.