Ironmen Bounce Back With Victory

The Jamestown Ironmen bounced back from Friday’s loss with a convincing, 6-2 victory over the Michigan Warriors in North American Hockey League action on Saturday at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.

Jamestown (36-18-4) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period and never looked back. Ryan Doucet started off the scoring with an unassisted goal only 1:17 into the game. Ross Pavek and Tyler Dunagan each followed with power-play goals later in the first. Assists came from Aaron Scheppelman, Huba Sekesi, Dylan Zink and Evan Ritt. Ritt added a goal of his own in the second period off of assists from Doucet and Luc Gerdes, and the Ironmen headed into the third period with a 4-0 lead.

Michigan (19-30-9) collected two quick goals in the third, but Jamestown answered with two more of its own. Victor Johansson and Sekesi both netted scores with assists from Matt Lanzillotti, Pavek, Daniel Ceasarz and Nathan Ropelewski to round out the scoring.

Joey Ballmer made 31 saves in goal for the Ironmen en route to his eighth win on the season while Jamestown outshot the opposition, 42-33.

“We responded well after a tough night on Friday,” said Ironmen head coach Dan Daikawa. “We got back to Ironmen hockey; simple, work-hard hockey, and it paid off.”

The Ironmen earned two points with the victory and the Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings lost on Saturday. This leaves Jamestown with a three-point lead over Kalamazoo for second place in the North Division. Along with a second-place finish, comes a first-round bye in the playoffs and home ice advantage.

Only two games remain on Jamestown’s regular-season schedule as the Ironmen will host the Johnstown Tomahawks at 7 p.m., Friday and 5 p.m., Saturday.