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Saturday, March 3, 2012

In the Nick of Time: Mantha's Winner with 0.1 seconds remaining gives the Warriors a 3-2 Victory

By: Joey Battaino

Jamestown, NY- Coming into last nights game versus Jamestown, The Warriors held a seven point lead over the Jamestown Ironmen. They were looking to build on that lead with only 8 games remaining in the season.

The game started with the Warriors pressuring the Jamestown goal but Joey Ballmer shut the door on all Warriors attempts. Jamestown would break through first at the 4:14 mark on a goal from former Topeka RoadRunner Luc Gerdes. The Warriors would get on the board in the first, shorthanded when James Kline picked up the puck at center made a great move to get around the defense, then was able to wait out the goaltender Ballmer, and put the puck over his right shoulder to tie the game. It was 1-1 after the first.

The Second was a goaltending battle between Brach Tiller and Joey Ballmer with neither goalie yielding. The score was 1-1 going into the third.

The third was a back and forth see-saw battle. Both teams exchanging opportunities on each others goal. Finally the Warriors broke through. Travis Hill scored his 3rd goal of the season as C.J Murray threw the puck on goal from a sharp angle. It hit the left pad of Ballmer, and the rebound went right on the stick of the driving Hill. It was 2-1 Warriors. The Ironmen turned on the pressure though and would tie the game at 11:10 on a goal from Aaron Arm. The game settled in from there. It looked like we were headed for overtime until Bobby Bodette picked up the puck inside the Jamestown line with only four seconds remaining. He took three strides in and passed off to a driving Bobby Mantha who fired the puck into the net with only 0.1 seconds remaining.

A game that had a true playoff atmosphere ended in dramatic fashion with the Warriors picking up a huge two points. They try to extend their lead in the North to 11 points over fifth place Jamestown. You can listen to all the action on Supertalk 1570AM locally in Flint and on the world wide web at Puck drop is at 7:05pm

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