Dunagan’s Hat Trick Leads Ironmen To Win Over Fresno
The Jamestown Ironmen cruised to a 7-4 victory over the Fresno Monsters Thursday night during North American Hockey League action at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.
Jamestown was led by forward Tyler Dunagan, who scored a hat trick.
“I haven’t scored three in a game since high school,” said Dunagan. “It’s just a great feeling to put the puck in the net.”
Fresno actually struck first and hung onto a 1-0 lead until Dylan Zink buried a slap shot on a powerplay to tie the game, 1-1 with 6:28 left in the first period. The assist came from Huba Sekesi.
The Ironmen struck again less than four minutes later as Ryan Urso scored off of a flashy pass from Daniel Cesarz.
The second period belonged to the home team as the Ironmen outscored Fresno, 3-0.
Dunagan netted two of his three goals in the period, one unassisted and one with the dish from Aaron Scheppelman. Luc Gerdes also buried his first goal of the evening with assists from Sekesi and Matt Lanzillotti.
In the final period, Gerdes buried his second of the night and 24th of the season for the Ironmen with assists from Zink and Ryan Doucet.
Dunagan got in on the action for the last time as he rounded out the hat trick with a powerplay goal, assisted by Sekesi and Zink.
Joey Ballmer made 19 saves and earned the win in goal for the Ironmen.
Although Jamestown controlled nearly the entire game, the Ironmen did let in three goals in the final period, which was very unsettling for the coach Dan Daikawa.
“If we want to be a championship team, we can’t let up four goals in a game like that,” explained Daikawa.
It never looked as though there was any chance that Jamestown would relinquish their lead, yet the third period was very sloppy and littered with penalties as the teams combined to record 65 penalty minutes.
The team play again tonight at 7 at the JSBA.