Ohio Junior Blue Jackets score overtime win in franchise opening game
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Junior Blue Jackets skated to a 3-2 overtime victory over the Waterloo Blackhawks in front of 1,631 fans at Nationwide Arena Saturday night in the first game in Junior Blue Jackets franchise history. Adam Comrie scored 1:31 into overtime and Derek Danowski added two assists to lead Ohio to victory.
After the Blackhawks tied the game 2-2 on a third period goal from Tim Gilbert, both teams missed golden opportunities to end the game in regulation. In the overtime with the Junior Blue Jackets deep in the Blackhawks zone, Comrie skated in behind the defense on the opposite side and took a perfect feed from Danowski, fired a shot on net and it trickled past Waterloo goaltender Ryan Rondeau.
The Junior Blue Jackets got on the board first when Erik Rex scored the first goal in franchise history on assists from Chris Reed and Pat Geobel. The Blackhawks tied it up 1:30 later when Joshua Turnbull lit the lamp. Ohio answered right back with Sean McCauley's goal at the 13:37 mark. Craig Smith and Blake Kessel assisted on the power play goal. Waterloo fired off 37 shots, but Ohio goaltender Drew Palmisano turned away 35 to earn the win.
The two clubs will meet again on 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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