Jackets OT goal downs Stampede 3-2
Columbus, OH. - Ohio used three power-play goals, including the game-winner as the Junior Blue Jackets defeated the Sioux Falls Stampede 3-2 in overtime Friday night at the Dispatch Ice Haus.
Junior Jackets forward Rich Leitner tapped in a rebound only 24 seconds into the extra session to give the club a season-long third consecutive victory. The goal came after Sioux Falls (14-11-5, 33 pts.) forward Jake Hansen, who was the Columbus Blue Jackets' third-round draft pick in the 2007 Entry Draft, was called for tripping at 19:59 of the third period, giving Ohio (7-16-5, 19 pts.) the man-advantage.
Four of the game's five goals were scored on the power play, beginning with the Sioux Falls' opener by forward Robbie Vrolyk in the first period. Ohio forward Tim Hall answered with a power-play goal of his own less than three minutes later to tie the game at 1-1 on assists by defenseman Greg Pateryn and forward Clark MacLean.
After a scoreless second, Sioux Falls forward Jack Connolly gave the Stampede a 2-1 advantage on assists by Hansen and Nick Dineen, lifting a wrist shot over Ohio goaltender Corson Cramer's glove. But the Junior Jackets fought back, and with just under two minutes remaining, defenseman Greg Pateryn fired a slapshot off the face-off that beat Stampede goaltender Eric Hartzell, sending the game to overtime with another power-play goal.
Ohio finished the contest 3-for-6 on the power play, while Sioux Falls converted 1-of-3. Cramer finished the contest with 35 saves on 37 shots as Hartzell stopped 26 of 29.
The two teams will face off for a rematch on Saturday at Nationwide Arena. Game time is set for 1 p.m.
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