Jamestown scores a 3-2 win over Michigan on Friday night to remain in first place in the NAHL North, one point ahead of the Soo, which blanked Janesville 1-0.
Jamestown is home to Michigan again today, 5 p.m. start at Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.
Randy...good stuff I think Jamestown is still one of the most interesting teams to keep track of in junior hockey...if Soo vs Soo on a pond would make a good documentary, the Jamestown story would make a great movie (if they keep winning.)
Jamestown Ironmen are a "feel-good" story, to be sure. I am enjoying following this team, et al.
Friday: Jamestown 3, Michigan 2
Teams play again today at 5 p.m. at JSBA
A second-period scoring surge by the Jamestown Ironmen led to a 3-2 victory over the Michigan Warriors on Friday night in North American Hockey League action at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.
After a scoreless first period, Jamestown (12-3-2) struck first with a goal by forward Ryan Urso 5:11 into the second period. Michigan quickly responded less than four minutes later, knotting the game at one goal apiece.
Dylan Zink and Tyler Dunagan each scored as the Ironmen tacked on two more goals to take a 3-1 lead heading into the final period of play. Michigan brought the score to within one when it scored a goal with less than two minutes remaining. It was too little, too late for the Warriors (3-14-0), as Jamestown held on to win and earn two points on the evening.
Jamestown had a slight edge in shots on goal, with 26 compared to Michigan's 23. Ironmen assists were credited to Matt Lanzillotti, Payden Mielke, Urso, Brett Szjaner, Ross Pavek and Evan Ritt. Tim Shaughnessy received the nod in goal for the hometown team and had a solid performance with 21 saves.
"A win is a win," said Ironmen coach-general manager Dan Daikawa. "We need to learn how to put the other team away when we have the opportunity, and not let them back into the game. We had a goal of getting two points tonight, and we got it. But, we will need to be better tomorrow night in order to win, because we know Michigan will be."
Daikawa's frustration sprouts from the fact that his team let Michigan hang around and nearly mount a comeback very late in the game. Despite the close call, the Ironmen are still on a roll, winning eight of their last nine games, with the only loss coming on the road last Friday.
The Ironmen still sit in first place in the NAHL North Division and haven't lost at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena since their home opener on September 21.
Last night's contest marked the best attended home game so far this season, and the Ironmen look to extend their home win streak as they face off against the Warriors tonight at 5.
Already miss it so gonna try my luck at your North Division:
Jamestown completes sweep today
KZoo splits at home
Soo complete sweep on the road today
and heres one: Springfield sweeps Johnstown on the road
* Warriors get a point today (OT loss.)
* Eagles complete sweep
* Johnstown, Springfield split
* K-Zoo, Port Huron split
Gotta go. Watching Warriors at Jamestown at 5 p.m.
Jamestown 4, Michigan 3 (shootout.)
Warriors get a point.
Randy...i want your crystal ball!...nice pick...hey, does pick rhyme with Ritt that rhymes with fit?
No crystal ball, just the luck of an old puck head, ha ha.
Sorry guys but I have to say it...everyone expected the worst from jamestown and Daikawa and the organization and now look at them!
No need to be sorry. I have no problem saying I was wrong, none at all. To err is human. To admit is divine.
Well Lori, im a newer member so went back and read a bunch of Jamestown posts...i think your "everyone" is a little harsh on this Message Subject...
...i only find positives from Randy on them at least going back through last summer...and i had a gut feeling about them before i even found JH.com (due to them signing a Co. "homey" last spring)...and hmmmm, those other guys seem to have had the cat bite their tongue...
...but we better not rub in "i told you so's" too early because 75% of the season still remains to be played, and as Stephen stated today; we have one heck of a league...
Randy, you were very fair to Jamestown once you got to speak to Daikawa so I wasn't finger pointing at you :-).
Christian, the earlier posts about Jamestown were harsh, to put it mildly. They would have been prior to summer, and had great influence on how we felt about the team when my son went there. As I posted a few months ago, while these comments are all opinions of ours (meaning everyone's), they do sometimes effect how we feel about a team. After reading so many negative comments about Jamestown it was hard to give them a chance. Daikawa introduced himself to my son at a showcase in Minn and really wanted him there, but after doing my online research about the organization (done here for a great part, as well as on other sites) I was concerned about the way the team was operated...mention of being locked out, not paying employees, bogus practices, etc. We had a family advisor who was uninformed and useless, and so today I can admit we learned a valuable lesson- decide for yourself. I received several emails from forum members here telling me what a train wreck the Ironmen were, and we let that get to how my son felt there. It's a shame because as a 92 it would have been a great opportunity for him. I'm definitely not rubbing it in, just mentioning that I kept telling everyone to give them the benefit of the doubt, and then ignored my own advice.
I believe Randy was fair to Jamestown from the start. I remember investigating Jamestown and reading a post from someone named "Bar down" asking JH.com to reserve judgment until they see the team that Dan assembled and at the very least have a chat with the coaches. That was around 8/25 - shortly after Randy had a chance to talk with Dan and shared that interview and insight for JH.com. The players have been writing the story since...
I was hard on the team...and they deserved it. Owners should not be on the ice taking shifts in practice. That is just plain stupid, and the Jamestown owner was doing exactly that.
As for other issues, everything said was 100% accurate or stated as an opinion.
I don't know if they deserved it. It was the start of a new season - clean slate and all that. I actually attended many practices this season and did not see him take shifts. He may have laced em up but in no way interfered with the practice plan. Clearly they have put the work in at practice as it has translated to game time success.
I still appreciate your opinions...I guess this is the jar of vinegar you were expecting!
The owner has often skated shifts in practice in the past and maybe that has now changed. There you go...
I think that Jamestown should be happy with the covreage they are getting on this site as Randy does a great job covreing the North Division.
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