The Jamestown Ironmen grabbed their second win in two days on Sunday evening with a 2-1 victory over the Port Huron Fighting Falcons in North American Hockey League play at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.
Ross Pavek started off the scoring for Jamestown with a goal 14:20 into the first period with assists from Nico Sierra and Tyler Dunagan.
Port Huron (18-20-3) answered with a second-period goal and the two clubs headed into the third all knotted up, 1-1.
Above, Michael Mazzotta of the Jamestown Ironmen fires a shot past Port Huron’s Easton Powers in Sunday’s North American Hockey League game at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena. Below, Joe Mottiqua of the Ironmen races for the puck. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Scott Reagle
The final period was scoreless until defensemen Michael Mazzotta netted a goal to give the Ironmen the edge with only 4:14 left on the clock. Mazzotta's goal proved to be the game winner and was assisted by Joe Mottiqua and Elliot Tisdale.
Jamestown (25-9-3) outshot the opponent, 42-17 and Tim Shaughnessy made 16 saves on the night in goal for the Ironmen, improving his record to 8-4-2 on the season.
"It was a good game by both teams today," said Ironmen head coach Dan Daikawa. "It was the third game in three days for both teams. We threw everything we had at them, their goaltender played great and they proved they are a good team."
Although Daikawa couldn't help but give credit to the visitors, he was also excited about where his team is at the moment. The Ironmen went 2-1 on the weekend, splitting with the North Division-leading Soo Eagles (26-10-3) on Friday and Saturday. Soo also lost on Sunday, so with the win over Port Huron, Jamestown is two points behind the Eagles in the standings with a pair of games in hand on the first-place team.
Jamestown gets back into action this weekend with a pair of games in Kalamazoo, Mich., where it will take the Jr. K-Wings. The road trip will offer an opportunity for the Ironmen to get back on top of the North Division standings as the first-place Eagles are idle this weekend.