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Jimmies hockey engulfed by the Flames in 3-1 loss

Despite 26 blocked shots, the Jimmies gave up three third period goals.

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Two late goals dropped the University of Jamestown hockey team 3-1 versus Liberty University at John L. Wilson Arena on Tuesday. The Jimmies drop to 3-3-2 overall on the season. The win improves the Flames record to 7-2 on the year.

The Flames got a shot seconds into the game before Tyson Brouwer froze the puck less than 20 seconds into the opening period. The Jimmies’ Jordon Kromm blocked a shot with 16 minutes left in the first period and could only skate on one leg as he stayed in the play by pushing off on his good leg, but he managed to stay on the ice until the Jimmies got the puck out of their zone. Kromm jumped back on with 10 minutes to go in the first period and took regular shifts for the remainder of the game. With 3:52 to go in the first period, Phillippe Lessard for the Jimmies threw one in front that deflected off a Flames player and past the Flames goalie, Hunter Virostek, to give the Jimmies a 1-0 lead.

The Jimmies drew the first penalty of the game with 17:52 to go in the second period when Josh Fricks got called for slashing. Greg Susinski got close on the power play with 20 seconds left on the man advantage when his shot from the point, rang the iron behind Virostek but that would be as close as the Jimmies came. The refs had to step in the way after a whistle with 9:36 to go in the second period when the Jimmies’ Nathan Cohen Wallis and Flames’ Colin Baird got into a shoving match and Baird gave Cohen Wallis a few shots to the face. As a result, both teams got incidental minors for roughing. Immediately after the Jimmies killed off a 5 on 3, Kromm got in on net on a two on one and Virostek had to step up big and shut the door to prevent his team from going down 2-0.

Early in the third period, the Flames’ Brett Gammer shot one that squeaked through the pads of Brouwer and into the net to tie the game up with 14:12 to play in the game. After Baird cross-checked Cohen Wallis with 9:34 to go in the third period, Cohen Wallis left the ice holding his neck but told the trainer that he was ok. As a result of the hit, Cohen Wallis got two minutes for roughing and Baird got five minutes for contact to the head. The Jimmies and their head coach Dean Stork were frustrated by the cross check to Cohen Wallis.

"It was kind of a dirty play but I guess he instigated it, so there is nothing we can do about it," Stork said.

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Less than a minute after that, Liberty emptied their net and it paid off as Fricks took the rebound past Brouwer to make the game 2-1 in favor of the Flames. The two teams came together when Jackson Vercellono for the Flames cross-checked Andrew Clark in the corner, who was slow to get up. After the penalty, the Jimmies called their timeout with 7:09 remaining in the third period. The Jimmies emptied their net with 1:45 to go, as they pushed for the tying goal. With one second left in the game, Daniel Schwenke picked the puck up and put it into the empty net to give the Flames the 3-1 win.

The loss was a frustrating one for the team and their captain Jason Richter.

“Every loss is frustrating obviously. I thought we played a pretty good game,” Richter said. “They’re a really good team, you gotta give them credit but tomorrow is a new day.”

The two teams meet up for an immediate rematch back at Wilson Arena at 7 p.m on Oct. 18.

LU 3 UJ 1

LU: 0 0 3---3

UJ: 1 0 0---1

Scoring:

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First period:

UJ: Phillippe Lessard (Quin Garrison), 1-0, 16:08

Third Period:

LU: Brett Gammer (Nathan Cox, Colin Baird), 1-1, 5:48

LU: Josh Fricks (Cox), 2-1, 11:42

LU: Daniel Schweinke (Gammer), 3-1, 19:59

Saves:

LU: Hunter Virostek, 38

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UJ: Tyson Brouwer, 42

Power plays:

LU: 0/4

UJ: 0/5

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My name is Max O'Neill. I am a Sports Reporter at The Jamestown Sun. I am a native New Yorker, who graduated from Ithaca College in 2020 with a degree in Television-Radio.
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