The Jamestown Ironmen's weekend didn't get off to a great start Friday evening with a loss to the Soo Eagles, but the locals bounced back Saturday and Sunday with victories over Soo and Port Huron.
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) weekend didn't start well for Jamestown after a 7-3 loss to Soo Friday at the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena.
Soo jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first period and headed into the first break with a 3-1 edge. Aaron Scheppelman put Jamestown on the scoreboard in the first with assists from Evan Ritt and Ryan Doucet.
Jamestown was outscored 3-1 again in the second period. The Ironmen goal came from Tyler Dunagan off of assists from Michael Mazzotta and Ryan Urso. The two teams traded goals in the final period of regulation as Luc Gerdes netted his 17th goal of the season for the Ironmen with assists from Kenny Curtis and Doucet.
The Ironmen bounced back in a big way Saturday with an impressive 3-2 victory over their bitter NAHL North division rivals.
Jamestown was led by its leading scorer, Gerdes, who had a hand in all of the Ironmen's scoring. Gerdes supplied the hometown team with a pair of goals - his 18th and 19th on the season - along with an assist.
Jamestown jumped out to an early lead with a goal from defensemen Tyler Minx. Assists came from Gerdes and Doucet. The Ironmen built upon the lead when Gerdes scored a power play goal with an assist from Ritt and Jamestown took a 2-0 advantage into the first intermission.
The Eagles (26-10-3) answered back with a goal in the second period to pull to within one. In the third period, Gerdes took another pass from Ritt and netted his second goal of the game to push the margin back to two scores. Soo added another score with less than five minutes remaining to get within one goal, but the score wouldn't get any closer.
Jamestown finished the weekend Sunday with a narrow 2-1 victory over the visiting Port Huron Fighting Falcons.
Ross Pavek started the scoring for Jamestown with a first period goal with assists from Nico Sierra and Dunagan.
Port Huron (18-20-3) answered with a second period goal and the two clubs headed into the third tied at 1-1. The final period of regulation was scoreless until Mazzotta netted a goal to give the Ironmen the edge with only 4:14 left on the clock. Mazzotta's goal proved to be the gamewinner and was assisted by Joe Mottiqua and Elliot Tisdale.
The Ironmen (25-9-3) went 2-1 on the weekend and sit only two points behind Soo in the North Division standings with a pair of games in hand on the first place team.
Jamestown gets back into action this weekend with a pair of games in Kalamazoo where they will take on the Jr. K-Wings.
The Ironmen won't return home until the end of the month for another three-game homestand, beginning Thursday, January 31.