Jamestown, NY ( release ) It was a disappointing finish to a one promising weekend for the Jamestown Ironmen. The Ironmen let a one goal third period lead slip away and eventually lost 4-3 to the Port Huron Fighting Falcons.
Jamestown withstood an early barrage from the Falcons and Eric Fragoso scored his second goal of the season to start the scoring in the first period. Fragoso did a nice job of faking the pass to Anthony Coles before beating Megariotis on the short side.
Jamestown seemed to take over the game after the Fragoso goal and were rewarded on a goal by Jeff McFarland that gave them a 2-0 lead with less than a minute remaining in the first period.
Port Huron came out in the second period firing on all cylinders and Jamestown didn’t appear to know how to respond. The Falcons scored two goals 35 seconds apart in the first three minutes of the period to tie the score 2-2.
Jamestown was not going to go quietly however. They slowly took back the momentum and Anthony Coles scored his 14th goal of the season, on the power play, to give Jamestown back their one goal lead.
The Ironmen took a penalty late in the third period that once again seemed to swing the momentum. The Falcons capitalized early in the third period after a loose puck was slammed in by Easton Powers.
The teams traded chances throughout the final period and eventually Nolan Valleau scored the game winner on a strange play from center ice. Valleau shot the puck from outside the blue line and it appeared to hop at the last second, deflect off of Joe Gladnick and into the back of the net.
Jamestown pressured Port Huron in the final minute and appeared to tie the game with five seconds left, but Megariotis lunged to his right and managed to keep the puck out of the net.
The Ironmen will take a holiday break before returning to the ice on New Year’s weekend when they play host to the Traverse City North Stars.