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Cedar Rapids holds off Jr Blue Jackets 3-1

November 11, 2006 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Ohio Junior Blue Jackets News Release

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Junior Blue Jackets had a chance to tie the game, on a penalty shot by forward Tim Hall late in the game, but it was stopped by Cedar Rapids RoughRiders goaltender Pat McGann. The RoughRiders went on to score an empty net goal with under a minute to play, to seal a 3-1 victory.

There was little action or scoring until period three, when the visitors got on the scoreboard first with a goal by Andy Miele. It was the first power play goal given up by the Junior Blue Jackets in the last three games.

A couple minutes later, Ohio forward Donnie Hallmark took the puck at center ice, drove hard to the net and scored, tying the game at one. Despite the goal, the Junior Blue Jackets could not gain momentum because of six consecutive penalties. Of the six, three came before Hallmark's goal and three after, none by the same player.

After two shootouts last weekend, Ohio seemed destined for overtime and a third successive shootout. However, it was not to be, as Cedar Rapids scored with 2:07 left to play and added an empty net goal, which was a clearing attempt that hit off the boards near center ice and sailed directly into the center of the open goal.

Ohio finishes an eight-game home stand Sunday night against the RoughRiders, game time is set for 6 p.m. (ET) at Nationwide Arena.

Ohio Junior Blue Jackets individual game tickets for 2006-07 regular season home games are on sale now at Nationwide Arena, The Chiller Ice Rinks, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and www.BlueJackets.com. For information on season tickets, mini-plans and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.

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