SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Jamestown Ironmen split a pair of games on the road this past weekend as they took on the Springfield Jr. Blues in North American Hockey League action.
Jamestown (27-11-3) was rolling on all cylinders on Friday night as they coasted to a 4-1 victory.
The contest was all knotted up, 1-1 heading into the second period. That's when the Ironmen took control, outscoring Springfield, 3-0, the rest of the way.
Ryan Doucet led the Ironmen with a pair of goals while forward, Joe Mottiqua accounted for a goal and two assists. Michael Mazzota netted a goal, Luc Gerdes made two assists and Huba Sekesi, Dylan Zink and Tyler Minx each chipped in with assists.
Blake Wojtala had a near perfect performance in goal for the Ironmen, making 31 saves while Jamestown was outshot 32-28.
Saturday's game didn't turn out as well for Jamestown as the Jr. Blues walked away with a 3-2 victory.
A goal by Brett Szajner tied the game up, 1-1 with 3:20 left in the first period. Assists came from Ryan Urso and Zink.
The contest stood at that same score until late into thae third period when Springfield (19-22-3) notched a goal with moe than two minutes left in regulation.
As a last-ditch effort, the Ironmen pulled their goaltender and sent in an extra attacker. The move came back to bite them as the Jr. Blues scored an empty net goal with 57 seconds remaining and all but ended the game.
Ironically the Ironmen didn't quit and proceeded to take advantage of the extra attacker. Doucet took assists from Mottiqua and Gerdes and netted a goal with 15 seconds remaining, but it was a case of too little, too late.
Tim Shaughnessy made 37 saves and the Ironmen were outshot, 40-37 on the night.
"We had good chances, but just couldn't finish," said Ironmen head coach Dan Daikawa about Saturday's 3-2 loss.
Jamestown now sits in third place in the NAHL North Division, one point behind the Soo Eagles (27-10-4) and the Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings (27-13-4), who are tied for first place.
"We have three games in hand on Kalamazoo and have the Soo coming into Jamestown this upcoming week," said Daikawa.
Jamestown will host the Eagles on Thursday at 11 a.m. for the School Day Game at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena as Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday will see the Port Huron Fighting Falcons travel into town for a 5 p.m faceoff.