The Jamestown Ironmen dominated their way to a 6-0 shutout victory over the Fresno Monsters (12-28-6) on Friday night during North American Hockey League action at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.
Ryan Doucet kick started the scoring for Jamestown (30-14-4) with a powerplay goal 16:44 into the first period. The assist came from Kenny Curtis.
Tyler Dunagan buried another goal less than two minutes later with assists from Nico Sierra and Ryan Urso.
Jamestown Ironmen goalie Blake Wojtala makes a save in his shutout against Fresno in North American Hockey League action on Friday at the Jamestown Saving Bank Arena. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Scott Reagle
Michael Mazzotta and Nathan Ropelewski both chipped in with goals during the second period to give the Ironmen a 4-0 lead. Assists for that pair of scores were accredited to Urso, Tyler Minx, Elliot Tisdale and Joe Mottiqua.
Dunagan and Doucet each added another goal in the final period en route to the shutout victory. Assists came from Sierra, Minx and Evan Ritt.
Blake Wojtala made 28 saves in goal and earned the victory with his second shutout in six starts this season for the Ironmen.
"This was one of the better games we've played all year," said a satisfied Ironmen coach Dan Daikawa said. "We played well defensively and were very unselfish. We got back to the way we were playing at the start of the season; we played as a team and had fun. This win was a stepping stone and we look to continue this upcoming week."
A tough week lies ahead for the Ironmen, who now sit in second place, four points back from the lead in the NAHL North Division.
Daikawa and five of his players; Dunagan, Ritt, Luc Gerdes, Brett Szajner and Dylan Zink, will be heading to Troy, Mich., for the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament on Monday through Wednesday. This is a type of ''all-star weekend'' for the NAHL where players can showcase their skills in front of over 160 national scouts. Daikawa was chosen by the league to coach one of the teams involved.
The rest of the team will continue to practice at the JSBA with assistant coach Yuji Iwamoto throughout the week until the Top Prospects group returns to rejoin team for practice on Thursday. After only one practice as a complete unit, the Ironmen will play host on Friday to the Wenatchee Wild, who boast an impressive 33-7-4 record.
"The Wild are one of the top three teams in the league," said Daikawa. "They are a top-tier team with some high-end players, but we look to keep our momentum going."
The Ironmen will take on the Wild next Friday at 7 p.m. and next Saturday at 5 p.m. at the JSBA.