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Junior Blue Jackets get two power play goals in 3-2 defeat

November 4, 2006 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Ohio Junior Blue Jackets News Release

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Junior Blue Jackets hadn't scored a point since opening night, but were able to get one Saturday in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Omaha Lancers. After falling behind in the first period, the Junior Blue Jackets tied the game at two and forced overtime.

The first power-play goal in franchise history was scored by forward Danny Hobbs (UMASS-Amherst) with just under nine minutes left in the game. Hobbs beat Lancer goaltender Jordan Tibbett (Michigan State) and gave Ohio momentum. Forwards Charles Brockett (Yale) and Derek Danowski were credited with assists on the play.

A little over two and half minutes later, forward Dan Barczuk received a pass in front of the net, from forward Eric Rex, and scored the game tying power-play goal. The man-advantage goal was the team's second of the night, after beginning the season 0-for-48. For Barczuk, it was his second goal in three games.

After giving up two first period goals, Junior Blue Jackets goalie Drew Palmisano made 22 saves between the second period and overtime to push the game to a shootout. However, he could not stop Omaha's Mark Olver (Northern Michigan) in the fifth frame, as Ohio lost 3-1 in the final session. Rex scored the first ever shootout goal for Ohio in the fourth frame.

The Junior Blue Jackets continue their eight-game home stand Sunday at Nationwide Arena against the Omaha Lancers. Game time is set for 6 p.m. (ET).

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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