Detroit Knocks off New Jersey, 16-11
Ironmen forward Adauto Neto had a goal and an assist in the loss (Photo by Rich Graessle)
Plymouth, Mich. (Sunday, January 25, 2009) – A tough weekend for the New Jersey Ironmen (3-5) came to a close today at the Compuware Arena as the first-place Detroit Ignition (5-2) defeated the second-year side, 16-11, to earn their 14th consecutive home victory. Ignition goalkeeper Danny Waltman had a highlight reel of athletic saves to stop any Ironmen momentum in this match-up, earning his league-leading fifth win of the year.
Early miscues and a few Detroit goals converted from seemingly nonexistent angles had New Jersey facing an early 8-0 deficit in this contest before Brazilian playmaker Lucio Gonzaga nailed a three-point shot at 9:37 of the second frame to put his team on the board. Defender Ryan Hall recorded the assist. The notch served as somewhat of an adrenalin shot for the Ironmen, who had a rejuvenated effort for the remainder of the opening half. New Jersey had a few near misses and maintained the majority of the ball possession the rest of the second stanza, but the 8-3 count stood as both clubs headed to the locker rooms for halftime.
The third period was a back-and-forth affair as the host Ignition had an answer each time the Ironmen were able to find the back of the net. Six total goals were scored with New Jersey receiving tallies on a Chile Farias feed to Goran Vasic at a 9:57 restart, a Farias to Tiguinho knock at 4:38 and a nice split of Waltman by Adauto Neto at 1:47, also assisted by Farias. The scoreboard read 15-9 in favor of the hosts at the conclusion of the third quarter.
Waltman put on a display in the final 15 minutes, as the Ironmen were able to create opportunities only to see the University of Washington graduate zero in on the attempts. Reigning Rookie of the Year Frederico Moojen matched a Vahid Assadpour fourth period notch when he finished a Neto pass with 41 seconds left, but an inspired effort from a well-traveled New Jersey club would come up short, 16-11. Ironmen goalkeeper Patrick Hannigan took the loss in net.
New Jersey will look to right the ship next Sunday when they return to Prudential Center for a 1:00 faceoff with the Chicago Storm (2-5). Tickets for that match-up are available now by calling 1-800-IRONMEN.