The Jamestown Ironmen came up short with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Soo Eagles during North American Hockey League action on Thursday morning at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.
Jamestown (27-11-4) never held a lead in the contest and the Eagles jumped out to a 1-0 edge off of a powerplay goal with 4:13 left in the first period.
The Ironmen never fell back by too much either as they tied the game up at 1-1 with a goal from Luc Gerdes 5:04 into the second period. Assists came from Evan Ritt and Ryan Doucet.
Above, Jamestown’s Michael Mazzotta, right, keeps Michael Lant of the Soo Eagles away from the puck during Thursday morning’s North American Hockey League game at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena. Below, Ironmen goaltender Tim Shaughnessy gets ready to block a shot by Soo Michael Covich’s during a shootout. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photos by Scott Reagle
The Eagles (28-10-4) climbed back on top, netting a goal with less than nine minutes remaining in the third period.
Jamestown hung around and tied the contest up once again with a slapshot from Dylan Zink with just over a minute left in regulation. Assists on the powerplay goal were credited to Tyler Dunagan and Daniel Cesarz.
The teams took the 2-2 tie into a four-on-four overtime, which went scoreless, and then headed into a shootout.
Cesarz was the only Ironmen player to beat the Soo goaltender in the shootout and the Eagles walked away with the 3-2 win.
Jamestown outshot the Eagles, 35-27 and earned one point in the shootout loss while Tim Shaughnessy made 24 saves in goal for the Ironmen.
"It was a really good game, and both goalies played very well," said frustrated Ironmen head coach Dan Daikawa. "It's disappointing to lose. We are talking about a couple bounces here or there; that's the difference between a win and a loss. For the most part we played well, and we need to come out and win our next one."
In a tight race for the NAHL North Division, Jamestown sits in second place, two points behind the Eagles.
The teams play again tonight at 7 at the JSBA. It is Ladies Night sponsored by Elite Kreations and ladies will receive $2 off their ticket to the game along with food and beverage specials in Sully's Irish Pub.