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Posted: June 5th, 2013

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – The Jamestown Ironmen hockey club has suspended operations for the 2013-14 season, Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena officials announced Wednesday. The Ironmen spent the past two seasons in the North American Hockey League, the largest USA Hockey-sanctioned Junior A league that recently completed its 37th season. They finished second in the North Division this past season with a 37-19-4 record, and then won the division’s playoff title before finishing fourth in the four-team Robertson Cup national championship tournament.
The roster included Erie native Nathan Ropelewski, 19, a forward who had four goals and seven points in 24 regular-season games and one point in eight playoff games.
“The team made a valiant effort at the Robertson Cup this season, and that effort was matched by some local people and business owners who worked diligently in multiple attempts to save the team and maintain operations for the 2013-2014 season,” Kurt Silcott, the arena’s chief executive officer, said in a statement. “Unfortunately those efforts ultimately did not come to fruition, and the team will not be playing in the upcoming season.”
In the statement, Ironmen owner Kenji Yamada said that “I am strongly looking forward to make the Jamestown Ironmen come back on the ice for the 2014-2015 season.”

Posted: January 25th, 2013

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – The Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team felt right at home at Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena.
Behind a potent offense left by Christine Bestland’s six points and Jenna Dingeldein‘s two goals, the No. 6 Lakers dominated Lindenwood from start to finish in a 10-0 College Hockey America win Friday afternoon in a game that was initially scheduled for Mercyhurst Ice Center.
A water main break Thursday forced Mercyhurst officials to close the school and send students home through the weekend. But the change of venue didn’t bother the Lakers (18-4-1, 9-2-0 CHA), which have won all seven career meetings with the Lions by a combined 47-3 score.
Bestland assisted on all three first-period goals on her way to six assists. Her fourth assist, on Dingeldein’s second goal, sparked a three-goal second period. Bestland also assisted on the final two of the Lakers’ four third-period goals to give her 95 career assists. She also reached 150 career points in the game. Shelby Bram added three assists, while Caroline Luczak had her first career goal and an assist. Molly Byrne added a goal and assist for the Lakers, which outshot the Lions 48-17.
Amanda Makela (eight saves) and Julia DiTondo, which made nine saves in her collegiate debut, combined on the shutout. Taylor Fairchild made 36 saves for the Lions (2-22-1, 2-8-1). The two teams conclude the weekend series today at 2 p.m. at Erie Insurance Arena.

Posted: January 25th, 2013

Lindenwood (2-21-1, 2-7-1 CHA) at No. 6 Mercyhurst University (17-4-1, 8-2-0)
When: Today, 3 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.
Where: Today at Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena – Jamestown, N.Y., Saturday at Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: (live statistics)*
What to expect: Mercyhurst returns to College Hockey America action after splitting a two-game series at home last weekend against then-No. 2 Boston College. … The games were moved out of Mercyhurst Ice Center because of a water main break in the city Thursday, which forced university officials to close school and send students home through the weekend. … The Lakers have a three-point lead over second-place Syracuse in the conference standings. Robert Morris and Rochester Institute of Technology are four and five points behind, respectively. … The Lakers rose two spots in the Division I poll this week. … They have won six career meetings with Lindenwood by a combined 37-3 score, including a two-game sweep (6-1 and 6-0) Nov. 2-3 in Wentzville, Mo. … The Lakers will play three games in the next five days, capped by Tuesday’s trip to Ithaca, N.Y., to face No. 4 Cornell. … Mercyhurst ranks sixth in the latest Ratings Percentage Index and fifth in the PairWise rankings – two of the criteria the NCAA Division I selection committee uses to determine the eight-team field in the national tournament. … Lindenwood, a second-year D-I program in its first season as a CHA member, are 0-14 against non-conference opponents that includes nationally ranked North Dakota and Wisconsin as well as Minnesota State-Mankato and St. Cloud State. … The Lions shocked defending CHA champion RMU 5-2 Jan. 11. Lindenwood also beat Penn State and tied fellow CHA newcomer RIT earlier this season. … Mercyhurst holds its seventh annual “Pink the Rink” event this weekend as part of CHA’s “Skate for a Cure” campaign, which benefits breast cancer awareness. The Lakers will honor survivors during a ceremonial puck drop. They will have auctions for a jersey and American Greetings gift basket, as well as sell pink Mercyhurst hockey hats for $5 apiece. All ticket and 50-50 sales will be donated to a charity. The team also has held a coin drive on campus this week.
* The games won’t be broadcast on America One Sports’ webcast.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: December 21st, 2010

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Slovakia-Norway pre-World Junior Championship game scheduled for today at the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena in Jamestown, N.Y., has been postponed by one day due to unforeseen delays in the arrival of Norway’s hockey equipment. The game will now be played at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena. Those holding tickets for the game on Tuesday may simply present the same tickets for admission to Wednesday’s contest.

Tickets still remain for Wednesday’s game and also for the Russia-Slovakia and USA-Norway contests on Thursday in Jamestown. For more information, fans may visit or call (716) 484-2624.

- From USA Hockey news release

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