With more winning come more fans and Jamestown Ironmen head coach Dan Daikawa has been pleased to see a greater number of area residents deciding to take in a game at the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena.
"I think it's getting better," he said on Saturday following the Ironmen's 3-1 victory over visiting Kalamazoo during the semifinal round of the North American Hockey League playoffs. "I think that as we continue to win we will continue to get more support.
"I love seeing this building filled, and I think our fans are turning the corner."
Fans watch the Jamestown Ironmen win their second straight North American Hockey League playoff game over the Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings on Saturday at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.
P-J photo by Scott Reagle
It sure looks that way.
A better-than-average 785 cheered for the Ironmen on Saturday; that total coming just a day after an Ironmen franchise-record 1,164 filled the seats for the squads' 7-1 dusting of the K-Wings during the series' opening contest.
The Ironmen have now sold out three of their last four games.
"We've been committed to this town from day one, and I hope we continue to get people hooked on hockey here in Jamestown," Daikawa continued. "It sure makes it a lot more fun when (fans are) here."
After a lackluster inaugural season, Jamestown went 37-19-4 this year, earning a first-round bye into the playoffs. In two playoff games - both victories - the Ironmen have outscored Kalamazoo 10-1.
The squad can close out the best-of-five series on Wednesday, which would give fans a few more chances to watch a game at JSBA as they continue their battle for the North Division title and, possibly, the franchise's first-ever Robertson Cup.
At this point of the year, Daikawa says, success in the seats helps leads to success on the ice.
"This town is a big part of our success," he explained. " We have the best rink in the league, or at least in our division...and when we have a big fan base (in the arena) we play really well. The players get excited about it."