Ohio can't come back from early 3-0 deficit
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Junior Blue Jackets lost their only scheduled game at the Dispatch Ice Haus Saturday night, falling 6-2 to the Sioux City Musketeers. The Junior Blue Jackets trailed 3-0, but cut the lead to 3-2 in the second period before giving up three third period goals.
Ohio gave up two goals in the first three minutes of the game, one to Sioux City's Max Pacioretty and the other to Eddie Olczyk, son of former NHL player Ed Olczyk. The teams then traded goals in the eighth minute of period, with Ohio's goal coming on a wrist shot by forward Eric Rex. The goal was shorthanded and unassisted, and the Musketeers took a 3-1 lead to the first intermission.
The Junior Blue Jackets cut lead to one on a goal by forward Sean McCauley at 7:31 of the second period. Defensemen John Ryder and Nolan Ryan got credit for assists on the goal, which created some excitement for a standing room only crowd at the Dispatch Ice Haus.
After two quick goals to begin the game, Sioux City again struck twice early in the third period, scoring at 0:14 and 2:25 with both goals coming via the power play. After those goals, a combined 12 penalties were called on both teams in the period. Andrew Rowe added a late goal for Sioux City to complete the scoring.
Both teams had 31 shots apiece and Ohio was 0-for-5 on the power play, but did have the one shorthanded goal. The two clubs will meet again Sunday at Nationwide Arena. 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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