The Jamestown Ironmen earned a pair of 3-2 victories over the Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings in North American Hockey League play Friday and Saturday at the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena.
On Friday, Jamestown led off the game with a goal from Nico Sierra less than a minute into the first period. Assists came from Ryan Urso and Aaron Scheppelman and the Ironmen headed into the first intermission with the one-goal lead.
The Ironmen took a two goal lead by adding another early goal in the second as Tyler Dunagan beat the Kalamazoo goalie less than a minute into the period off of an Urso assist.
Jamestown proceeded to let in a pair of Kalamazoo (19-10-2) goals late into the second and the two teams headed into the third period tied at 2-2.
After a scoreless third period, the two teams entered a four-on-four overtime in which both teams failed to produce any goals.
Next came a shootout ended by Ironmen forward, Elliot Tisdale as he slipped one past the Kalamazoo goalie in the ninth round. Ross Pavek and Urso also scored in the shootout to help lift the Ironmen to victory.
On Saturday, the Ironmen were a 3-2 winner in overtime.
The Ironmen trailed 1-0 after the first period, but lit up the scoreboard in the second with a pair of goals. Even Ritt scored his seventh goal of the season, 5:42 into the second with an assist from Pavek to tie the contest at 1-1. Pavek then put Jamestown ahead, 2-1 scoring his eighth goal of the season with only ten seconds remaining in the second period. Assists came from Aaron Scheppelman and Kenny Curtis.
The Jr. K-Wings tied the game in the third period to force overtime for the second straight night. This time, no shootout was necessary as Luc Gerdes supplied the game-winner, beating the Kalamazoo (19-10-3) goaltender with his 16th goal of the season. NSierra was credited with the assist and Jamestown earned two points on the evening.
Jamestown (21-8-3) outshot Kalamazoo, 34-26 over the course of the game while goaltender, Reid Mimmack made 24 saves and picked up his seventeenth victory of the season in his last game as an Ironmen. Mimmack has committed to play hockey at NCAA Division I Bemidji State University starting in January.
Jamestown earned four points on the weekend and executed a sweep of the Jr. K-Wings with a pair of wins in two very close games that went right down to the wire. This keeps the Ironmen in first place in the NAHL North Division as they enter their holiday break.
Jamestown will dive back into the action with a trip to Janesville for a pair of games on January 4-5. It returns home January 11 for a three-game homestand.