The Ironmen will play host to the second game on Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. at Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.
Coaches from both teams view the exhibition matches as an opportunity to test their talent while getting the respective local hockey fans primed for the upcoming season.
"I'm very excited, as are our boys, to get into game action," said Jr. Sabres coach-general manager Michael Peca.
The 38-year old Peca, who played in more than 900 National Hockey League games as an energetic, shutdown forward, said there is a buzz around the Jr. Sabres as they look ahead to playing the NAHL Ironmen.
"We have had a tremendous buzz around our team all summer and to be this close to the season you can feel that excitement," said Peca. "Getting the chance to play the Jamestown Ironmen will certainly test us and at the same time give our coaching staff an opportunity to evaluate our group in a true game setting."
The Ironmen, meanwhile, will use the two games with the Jr. Sabres as a springboard to its second season in the NAHL.
"We are very excited to have the opportunity to play a great organization like the Jr. Sabres," said second-year Ironmen coach-general manager Dan Daikawa, who has been busier than usual of late with daily practices and getting his players set up in their billet homes.
The 41-year old Daikawa added that he is hopeful for bigger and better things as the Ironmen prepare for its second NAHL season in Jamestown.
The Ironmen finished last in what was a five-team NAHL North Division with a 19-36-5 record in 2011-12. But not only does Daikawa see improvement ahead for the Ironmen but he awaits the added competition of what is now an eight-team North Division.
"With eight teams in our division, I can't help but think that it is going to be a very-competitive season ahead," Daikawa noted. "I think we are going to be a much-better team this season. We have improved our talent level a lot from a year ago."
Moe Mantha, the much-respected coach-general manager of one of Jamestown's North Division rivals, the Michigan Warriors, offered words of praise for Daikawa and the Ironmen.
"Dan is a hardworking guy and his team plays hard too," said Mantha.
ONE-ON-ONE WITH DAN DAIKAWA