Junior Blue Jackets lose shootout, game 6-5
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Junior Blue Jackets got everything they need from center Tim Hall, two goals, an assist and a shootout goal, but it wasn't enough in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Chicago Steel.
The Junior Blue Jackets (4-28-7, 15 pts.) were down 2-0 after a pair of goals by the Steel (7-29-2, 16 pts.), when forward Danny Hobbs took a pass from Hall and pulled Ohio to within one goal. The score began a three-goal streak for the home team, which included goals in the second period by forward Derek Roehl and Hall.
In the third period, Chicago scored early to tie the game at three apiece, however the Junior Blue Jackets answered with a goal from captain Zac MacVoy. The Steel again fought back, scoring twice in 27 seconds in the third period to take a 5-4 lead. Hall and MacVoy combined to score the final tally of regulation, when the Sewickley, Pa. native scored his ninth goal of the season.
After a five-minute overtime with a combined four shots on goal, a shootout was necessary to determine who would earn the extra point. The Steel went first and missed three straight opportunities, while Hall gave Ohio a 1-0 edge. Goals by Miele and Murovich of Chicago and Hobbs of Ohio made it 2-2. In the sixth round of the shootout, the Steel won it on a goal by Corey Chakeen.
The Junior Blue Jackets travel to Green Bay for a 8 p.m. Friday game, before returning home on Sunday to face the Gamblers at Nationwide Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
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 click here for information on season tickets, mini-plans and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.
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