The Ironmen are playing an entertaneing brand of NAHL hockey but they need to promote the Team & Players more in order to get more fans into the JSBA. Espesially during High School Football season. They have come a ways from last season but they need to get their name out there more imho. Very nice to see the good coverage that they are getting here from Randy. Also that the Owner cares enough to travel to Jamestown frequently this is a good sign for the future of the Ironmen in Jamestown.
I caught that.
"from Randy" as it pertains to JuniorHockey.com which I beleive gives way more intresting info and tidbits on the Ironmen that the "home town" paper the Post-Journal in Jamestown does. It wasnt a slight on you Mr. Hiesler as you and Randy (and the other writer's to degree) make this site the # 1 for junior hockey BY FAR imho.
So...Jamestown is your top story for the North Division and not Port Huron?...Hmmmmm.
John: I was thinking about Pt Huron and while doing so I could not help...ha ha ha ha lol ha ha ha...to think what a wonderful job Scotty Bowman was doing as a coach. What? That's not Bowman? Ha ha ha ha lol ha ha ha, Shannon only thinks of himself as Scotty Bowman.
Ironmen edge Jr. Blues 2-1
Jamestown Ironmen ironed out a last-minute victory with a 2-1 win over the visiting Springfield Jr. Blues in North American Hockey League action on Saturday.
It was a defensive struggle for a majority of the game as the score was tied 1-1 late in the first period and that didn’t change until under a minute left in the final frame.
With time winding down in the final period of regulation, the score was still tied 1-1.
But Luc Gerdes of the Iornmen changed all that when potted a goal with only seventeen seconds on the clock to seal the Jamestown win.
The goal was the sixth of the season for Gerdes while Ross Pavek added his third goal of the year on a power play early in the first period for Jamestown.
“We believe in each other out there on the ice,” said Ironmen coach-general manager Dan Daikawa. “We play defense first and have faith that someone will step up and make a play offensively when we need it, and it has been working.”
Although Springfield’s record is an unimpressive 1-7-2, Daikawa opined that the Jr. Blues are a good team with a lot of young talent but the inability to finish games. Which is very similar to Jamestown last season.
“That has been the difference for us so far this season,” said Daikawa. “We are able to finish games and record wins.”
I think I mentioned that Jamestown was trying to get its act together and all of you acted like I was insane...
For the record and from my end, Lori, the only issues I had with Jamestown prior to the start of this season were that Ironmen coach Dan Daikawa and owner Kenji Yamada had not responded to several of my e-mail requests for interviews.
Our miscommunication has since been resolved. In fact, our lack of communication was resolved before the start of the current 2012-13 NAHL regular season.
Ergo, if you are suggesting that I am on the Jamestown bandwagon because the Ironmen are winning, check my column archives.
I actually started covering the Ironmen prior to their pre-season series with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres of the Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
Port Huron is a Robertson Cup Team that returned a good chunk of its roster in the first place, that's not much of a story, that was expected. (regardless of who was behind the bench.) The Port Huron story was played out in May and June. Randy is spot on with this one, in the early season, Jamestown is definitely the story.
Jamestown "...is a smart team..." because they are smart enough to sign and keep Evan Ritt, who is proving there are always exceptions to rookies out of AAA playing their 1st year in the NAHL
Christian, good point as Ritt does lead the Ironmen in scoring with 11 points in 10 games. He's hardly a youngster, though, as a 1993 birth year. Still, as you mentioned, a good pickup by Jamestown.
Yes Randy, my "Rookie" reference just comes from here in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain District (and other districts), where it is the "norm" for the top players to graduate HS at home and play through AAA Midjet Major...then (being 18 or 19), leaves 2 years of Juniors left to try and "grab the carrot"... also, the sanctioned HS leagues here are just a few years young so not near top to bottom what, lets say, Minn. is...so the players stay with the 4 (or is it 5 now?) AAA youth organizations in Colorado
...having said that, my son (his choice and a tough decision by all, but was the right one for him) got out of that here and left for Tier III Juniors when he was 15 and just out of AAA Bantam.
Thanks for the explanation, man.
Randy, I never meant you were on the Ironmen bandwagon. I had posted pre-season about the Ironmen and everyone who responded basically made that team a mockery. My son had planned to play on that team, but largely because of the huge amount of negative posting and contact I got from people on here about the team, it swayed our opinions in the wrong direction, and he left without giving them the benefit of the doubt. It's a shame because the influence from this board really can change the path of a player's life...In our case we took the negative and threw away an opportunity, but on the flipside, the positive on here might help another family learn about a team and organization as a whole. This is precisely why I kept trying to say "let's wait until the season" before judging Jamestown, and I was bombarded with all of the negatives from prior seasons and I let that information cloud our decision making abilities. And I don't mean that I am blaming anyone, I'm just saying the things people post on here sometimes can be more than just forum opinions.
Thanks for the explanation.
Lori, with all due respect to you and this forum, postings should never effect the path of a players life...just as opinions, conversations and ideas to agree, disagree and/or do further research
But they do and can influence a parent's opinion. The people at/on this site have experience dealing with teams and coaches and leagues. This is not the only place where I get my information, but certainly it is a place where I come to read what people have to say. Maybe it is more of a guy thing to just come on here and post opinions and let it go as that, but as a mom, I come here to see what experienced people think of junior hockey. I've contacted people on here for their opinions and been given them. I didn't say it is what made us make the decisions about Jamestown, but it did influence it. Almost no one said anything good about that team on here. If you were going to buy a car and you went to a Ford forum to read about owners' experiences with the car, the dealerships and the manufacturer, you might decide for or against that car because of what you read on that forum. The same goes for hockey. Mind you, I am not a naive hockey parent, nor is my 20 year old son new to hockey. My point in my post really was to remind people here that sometimes their words influence others more greatly than they imagine. In our case, they did. We took a lot of bad advice from people this summer and it's all a learning experience in hindsight.
Well the Jamestown Ironmen now seem to "get it" and its a credit to Randy that he reconizes the Franchise in such a good way. I truly enjoy the writeups and the "inside" coveradge and I am willing to bet that the Players, Coach's and Mr. Yameda himself do as well!
Reading Randy's stories has been a great source of information about the NAHL. Again, I wasn't finger pointing at anyone, I was just stating that the info posted on here sometimes is more than just an opinion.
Totaly agree, great insights and writing by Randy ...
and Stephen and JH.com and its Forum gets me going all over the Jr. Hockey world...and now Im behind on my house remodel!
Mac Jansen is the real deal a natural goal scorer and its always nice to read about the Chill. Coach Hamree appears to be good at what he does and we have more talk about the Chill so okay so far.
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