Ironmen split in Kalamazoo

Good news, bad news.

The Jamestown Ironmen of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) returned from a weekend trip to Kalamazoo, Michigan with a split of a pair of games with the Junior K-Wings.

Things got off to a nice start Saturday with Jamestown (26-10-3) earning a 3-2 shootout victory. Jamestown got off to a great start with a pair of first period goals. Defensemen Dylan Zink scored unassisted before forward Evan Ritt beat the Kalamazoo goaltender for a 2-0 lead. Assists on Ritt’s goal were credited to Tyler Minx and Ryan Urso.

Jamestown was shutout during the next two periods while the Junior K-Wings notched a pair of goals to tie the score at 2-2 and force overtime. After a scoreless 4-on-4 overtime period, a shootout ensued where goals were hard to come by. Minx netted the only goal of the shootout, lifting his team to victory.

Tim Shaughnessy made 40 saves between the pipes for Jamestown en route to his ninth win of the season.

On Sunday, Kalamazoo (24-13-4) handed the locals a 2-0 setback.

The contest was scoreless until just 7:27 remained when the Junior K-Wings broke through. The hosts would later add an empty net goal to close out a surprisingly dominant effort.

Jamestown was outshot, 38-21 on the afternoon, but Shaughnessy had another solid performance in goal for the Ironmen, making 36 saves.

Jamestown earned two points on the weekend and is once again tied with the Soo Eagles for first place in the NAHL North Division.

The Ironmen will travel to Springfield for a pair of games with the Junior Blues on Friday and Saturday and will return home to host the Soo Eagles on Thursday, January 31.