Ironmen split pair on ice

The Jamestown Ironmen split a pair of games this past weekend during a trip to play the Springfield Junior Blues in North American Hockey League action.

Jamestown (27-11-3) was rolling on all cylinders Friday, coasting to a 4-1 victory. The contest was tied 1-1 heading into the second period when the Ironmen took control, outscoring the opposition 3-0 the rest of the way.

Ryan Doucet led the Ironmen with a pair of goals on the evening while forward Joe Mottiqua accounted for a goal and two assists. Michael Mazzota netted a goal, Luc Gerdes had two assists and Huba Sekesi, Dylan Zink and Tyler Minx each added an assist in the win.

Blake Wojtala had a near perfect performance in goal for the Ironmen, making 31 saves.

On Saturday, the Ironmen found themselves on the losing end of a 3-2 final.

A goal by Brett Szajner assisted by Ryan Urso and Zink tied the game up, 1-1 with 3:20 left in the first period and the score remained that way until late in the third period. There, Springfield (19-22-3) notched a goal with just over two minutes remaining.

As a last ditch effort, the Ironmen pulled their goaltender and sent in an extra attacker. The move allowed the Junior Blues to score an empty net goal. Still, 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 Jamestown would settle for the 3-2 loss.

Jamestown now sits in third 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.

Jamestown will host the Eagles at 11 a.m. Thursday as well as 7 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, the Port Huron Fighting Falcons visit Jamestown for a 5 p.m. faceoff.

All games are at the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena.