The Jamestown Ironmen split a pair of games on the road with the Port Huron Fighting Falcons in North American Hockey League action this last weekend.
Jamestown (16-4-2) captured the first game on Friday night by a score of 2-1, while Port Huron answered with a 3-2 victory of their own on Saturday night.
On Friday, the Fighting Falcons (13-10-1) got off to a quick start and took a one-goal lead into the second period.
Jamestown then took advantage of the powerplay, scoring two strong-handed goals within three minutes of each other.
Victor Johansson scored the first goal for the Ironmen with assists from Matt Lanzillotti and Kenny Curtis while Dylan Zink netted the second with assists from Brett Szajner and Luc Gerdes.
Both teams were scoreless in the third period and the victory went to Tim Shaughnessy in goal for the Ironmen. Shaughnessy saved 33 of 34 shots en route to his fourth win of the season.
On Saturday, the Ironmen were the ones off to the quick start with a powerplay goal less than five minutes into the contest from Szajner with assists from Evan Ritt and Gerdes.
Port Huron tied the game at ones early in the second, but Jamestown answered right back to regain the lead with a goal from Tyler Dunagan, assisted by Aaron Scheppelman.
The Fighting Falcons followed with a powerplay score from Kody Polin and the division rivals headed into the third period deadlocked, 2-2.
Polin burnt the Ironmen for a second powerplay goal just over a minute into the third, which proved to be the game winner as the rest of the period was scoreless.
Mimmack took only his third loss on the season in goal for Jamestown, recording 35 saves on the evening.
"It's not exactly what we wanted," said Ironmen head coach Dan Daikawa about going 1-1 on the weekend. "We want to win them all, but every point we can get is important, especially on the road against a very tough opponent."
After earning two points with Friday's victory, the Ironmen currently sit atop the NAHL North Division with a five-point cushion from the second-place Soo Eagles while Port Huron trails Jamestown by seven points in third place.
Although no other team in the NAHL has more wins than the Ironmen, Saturday's loss didn't sit well with Daikawa's squad. On Sunday, the team's day off, Daikawa was in Erie for his son's hockey game, yet couldn't avoid calls from his players trying to get a workout in at the Jamestown Arena.
"It's a good feeling to know that your players want to work and get better, even on their day off," said Daikawa. "We want to win a championship for this town; that kind of work and dedication is what might make that goal possible."
Jamestown now readies to host the Johnstown Tomahawks (9-6-6) at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m.
NOTES: Friday night's game is billed as 'Welcome Home College Night' with $5 tickets available for anyone with a valid college ID. A flat screen TV will also be given away at Friday night's game. ... For both Friday and Saturday's games, anyone who donates a canned good to support St. Susan's Center on their way into the arena will receive a discounted ticket to that night's Ironmen game.