Ironmen split weekend set

The Jamestown Ironmen have already clinched a playoff spot, but are still battling for position in the North American Hockey League North Division with eight games left on their regular season schedule.

This weekend, the Ironmen split a pair of contests with the Michigan Warriors. On Friday, Jamestown edged Michigan, 4-3, before falling on Saturday by a 3-1 count.

On Friday, Jamestown squeaked out with a 4-3 victory. The Ironmen headed into the third trailing 2-1 with only a first period goal supplied by Matt Lanzillotti with an assist from Joe Mottiqua.

Jamestown proceeded to light up the scoreboard with three goals during the final period of regulation. Dylan Zink kicked off Jamestown’s surge with a powerplay goal assisted by Tyler Dunagan and Ryan Urso to tie the game at 2-2. Just over a minute later, Evan Ritt netted a goal to give the Ironmen a 3-2 lead. Ritt’s score was assisted by Ryan Doucet and Luc Gerdes.

Michigan quickly tied the score, but Dunagan added a goal with under two minutes to play to complete the scoring at 4-3. Zink had the assist. Joey Ballmer earned the win in goal for the Ironmen with 29 saves on the night.

Saturday evening was not as favorable for the Ironmen.

Jamestown’s only goal of the night came from Victor Johansson with an assist from Huba Sekesi to begin the scoring in the first period.

After the conclusion of the weekend’s NAHL schedule, Jamestown sits in third place in the North Division – four points behind the Soo Eagles in first place and a point back from the Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings in second. The Ironmen will head to Johnstown this weekend for a pair of games against the Tomahawks on Friday and Saturday.