The Jamestown Ironmen walked away with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings in North American Hockey League play Friday night at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.
Jamestown (20-8-3) led off the game with a goal from Nico Sierra less than a minute into the first period. Assists came from Ryan Urso and Aaron Scheppelman and the Ironmen headed into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead.
The Ironmen took a two-goal lead by adding another early goal in the second period as Tyler Dunagan beat the Kalamazoo goalie less than a minute into the period off an Urso assist.
Elliot Tisdale of the Jamestown Ironmen breaks away in Friday night’s NAHL game against Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Scott Reagle
Jamestown proceeded to let in a pair of Kalamazoo (19-10-2) goals late into the second period and the teams headed into the third period knotted up at 2-2.
After a scoreless third period, the teams entered a four-on-four overtime and neither scored a goal.
Next came a shootout ended by Ironmen forward Elliot Tisdale as he slipped one past the Kalamazoo goalie in the ninth round. Ross Pavek and Urso also scored in the shootout to help lift the Ironmen to victory.
Jamestown head coach Dan Daikawa was not as ecstatic about the win.
"We had full control of that game and it shouldn't have been that close," he said. "We let them back into the game when we should have shut them down and taken away their confidence for the weekend."
With the shootout victory, the Ironmen earned two points, but Kalamazoo also walked away with a point. Jamestown is still tied with the SOO Eagles for first place in the NAHL North Division while the Jr. K-Wings sit only three points behind them.
Jamestown outshot Kalamazoo 33-26 as Reid Mimmack earned the win in goal, making 24 saves on the night and improving his record to 16-5-1 on the season.
The teams will meet again today with a 5 p.m. faceoff and it will be Mimmack's final game with the Ironmen. He will be playing NCAA Division I hockey for Bemidji State University in January.
The first 200 fans through the door will receive a Mimmack trading card.
Any fans who drop of a toy to support the Toys for Tots program on their way into the game will receive a $2 discount on their ticket.