December 29, 2013

Johnstown Hosting Michigan in New Year's Eve Showdown

Written by: Mike Gosnell



MICHIGAN WARRIORS STATS LEADERS
SKATERS
Goals: Colin Larkin and Jake Hopfner – 11
Assists: Jon Farkas – 16
Points:  Zack Szajner – 24
PIMS: Jon Farkas – 87
+/-: Ryan Dougherty -  +10

GOALIES                              Record                        GAA               SV%
Trevor Gorsuch                       8-4-4                2.67                 .910
Dillon Kelley                           7-6-3                2.66                 .905

Coaches:
Moe Mantha: Head Coach
Jon Jepson: Assistant Coach

We are in the thick of the North American Hockey League season and we have intriguing storylines that have dominated the outset of the season. 

One of those storylines is the battle between the Michigan Warriors and the Johnstown Tomahawks. Certainly, it has been a battle between these two teams throughout the season and until Monday and Tuesday, the games have taken place 400 miles away in Flint.

The Tomahawks have a 2-2-0 record against the Warriors and are returning to the Cambria County War Memorial to gain ground on the North Division-leading Port Huron Fighting Falcons, who have cooled off as of late.

Well-respected former NHL player Moe Mantha coaches the Warriors. They come to Johnstown with a 1-3-1 record in their last five games coach the Warriors.

When I look at the two teams playing Monday and Tuesday, I see two identical teams.

Both Johnstown and Michigan rely on contributions throughout the lineup, a smothering defense and reliable goaltending.

Look up and down the lineups and you will not find a player who is running away with the stat sheet. All four lines are utilized and expected to share the load offensively.

Mantha and Spence coach blue-collar teams, who work hard in all three zones, grind it out every night and leave everything on the ice.

Eerily similar, if you ask me.

Expectations were high for both teams prior to the beginning of the season.

Johnstown was expected to be leading this division rather handedly and Michigan was expected to compete for that first place spot.

The Tomahawks have yet to lead the division but both teams are contending for the first place spot in the standings.

Michigan presents a healthy mix of grit and speed and could present some problems for the Tomahawks.
It is sure to be a Physical series between these two teams.

Players to Watch for the Warriors:

AJ Marcinek:

Marcinek is a skilled forward who has performed very well for Mantha throughout his tenure at Michigan. He has had a tough go of it this season, but I think Marcinek will make things happen in Johnstown. Marcinek has 14 points in 31 games for the Warriors.

Jake Hopfner:

A forward with good size and offensive skill, Hopfner will present matchup problems for the Tomahawks. I expect him to use his size and crowd the crease in order to clean up loose pucks. Hopfner has 11 goals and 10 assists in 24 games.

Jake Fairchild:

Fairchild returns to Johnstown after being a last minute cut by Johnstown before the season. He has since found a home in Flint and has provided the same toughness and physicality provided for the Tomahawks. It should be a special two games for him. He has two assists and 21 penalty minutes in 10 games for Michigan.

Keys to Victory:

Johnstown:

Score the First Goal:

-          No team enjoys playing from behind and with large crowds expect to inhabit the War Memorial it is important to get the crowd into the game early. It is proven the War Memorial is a very difficult building to play in when the crowd is into the game

Omar Mullan:

-          The NAHL veteran is enduring a scoring slump and has not scored a goal since Nov. 9 against Springfield. Mullan loves playing at home and this could be the chance for him to take over this weekend. Getting him going this weekend is crucial for the Tomahawks.

Capitalize on the Man Advantage:

-          This one is obvious but it is very important. Johnstown is clicking at only 13% and have had a difficult time this season scoring power play goals.

Michigan

Establish a Forecheck:

-          By pinning the Tomahawks in their own end, you dictate the pace and quiet the crowd. The Warriors need to establish a forecheck and generate offense from below the goal line. When the Tomahawks overload to a side that is when the opportunities become great.

Get Traffic to the Net:

-          The perhaps the best way to make sure you crack Alex Okicki. He will not stop what he cannot see. Mantha should place a forward like Hopfner in front to really create a nightmare for Okicki.
Draw Penalties

-          Get Johnstown off their game and send them to the box. Johnstown has been known to take a surplus of penalties and that can only hurt them.

Final Analysis:

Finally, the Tomahawks have a reprieve from the road and finally the fans can see them play at home.
This is a huge test for Johnstown and they have the opportunity to create some separation between themselves and Michigan.

The Tomahawks have been playing consistent hockey and have managed to pick up points. However, now is the time they need to start sweeping more series and taking more points.
Monday and New Year’s Eve are perfect opportunities to do that.

Spence and crew want to end 2013 on a high and the same can be said for Mantha’s Warriors.

My prediction:


Johnstown Splits with Michigan.

Current Standings:



Stats:

Michigan



Johnstown


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December 23, 2013

Tomahawks' Split Again, and Sign Colorado Rampage Forward

Again this past weekend the Tomahawks didn't play great in the first game of the weekend but battled back the next night to split the series.

Getting two out of four points this weekend put Johnstown back in second place in the division.

After a fight filled first game, the second game on Saturday night was more defensive and it was the Tomahawks' that found a way to get the timely goal to win in regulation.

The Tomahawks are back in action next Monday and Tuesday at home vs. the same Michigan Warriors.

Game 1- Warriors 4-1 (Boxscore, Official Team Recap)
Game 2- Tomahawks 2-1 (Boxscore, Official Team Recap)

Notes:

---Forrest Donovan was placed on IR 12/19

---Jake Moore played 24:50 minutes on Friday night, coming in relief for Okicki. He allowed one goal on 15 shots. Moore than played the complete game on Saturday night, allowing one goal on 21 shots.

---Joe Drabin assisted on every goal for Johnstown this weekend.

---Johnstown Tomahawks have signed forward Zach Geiger. Geiger stands at 5'11, 196lb. He's spent the last couple of years playing for the Colorado Rampage. Geiger played last season with Tomahawks' defensman Brady Bender, while with the Rampage.

Last season Geiger played in 40 games registering 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists).

In 2011-2012 he played in 26 games and scored 3 points, all assists.

In 2010-2011 he appeared in 18 games scoring 15 points for the U16 Rampage team.

Geiger is coming off an injury from last season, and is just getting to 100% now. The team hasn't made a finial decision if he'll stay on the team permanently but will use the next couple of weeks to get a good look at him in practice and possible game action.




December 19, 2013

Tomahawks and Warriors Battle Next Four Games



The Tomahawks' are back in the state of Michigan this weekend as they play the Michigan Warriors. This is the last game before Christmas break and is also the last away game before the team comes home to face the same Warriors team, for New Year's Eve.

Last year Michigan was the worst team in the division. This year is another story. Coming into the weekend, the Warriors hold a record of 14-8-7, and sit only one point behind Johnstown for a second place tie. Just like last weekend vs Port Huron, this will be another great battle for positioning in the North division.

If Johnstown can win both games without giving up any points it'll give them a nice little gap between Michigan and themselves. Also if Port Huron has a bad weekend, it could lead Johnstown to be tied with the Fighting Falcons for first place.

What a wonderful Christmas gift that would be.

The Michigan Warriors have two players with past ties to the Johnstown Tomahawks. The first being Jake Fairchild, and the other being Cam Jorgensen.

Jorgensen never played for the Tomahawks but he did make it to Johnstown's main training camp back in 2012-2013. Of course he did not make the team.

This season he has been called up a few times from the Flint Generals (NA3HL) and has appeared in eight games with the Warriors. In those eight games he has one goal, two assists, good for three points, and has two penalty minutes.

Jake Fairchild was a fan favorite during his time in Johnstown. Fairchild was one of the last players cut from the team's roster coming out of training camp this season. Fairchild hasn't seen much playing time with the Warriors so far this season due to injury at the start of the year which saw him out of the lineup for a couple months.

Fairchild has played in eight games this season, scoring two assists, good for two points, and he also has two penalty minutes.

Last season for the Tomahawks, he appeared in 47 games, scoring one goal, seven assists, good for eight points, and had a team leading (and league leading) 210 penalty minutes.

This is only the second weekend these two teams have faced-off against each other this season. 

Previous Meetings:

October 11th- Michigan 3-2 F (Boxscore)
October 12th- Johnstown 4-3 F SO (Boxscore)

Head to Head Stats:

Michigan




Michigan is 1 for 12 on the power play vs Johnstown this season.

Michigan is 9-2-3 at home this year.

Johnstown




Johnstown is 3 for 16 on the power play vs Michigan this season.

Johnstown is 7-5-1 on the road this year.

Standings:


Notes:

---Soo and Michigan play tonight, so Michigan could jump ahead of Johnstown in the standings before they play the Tomahawks. Also with the Warriors playing Thursday, they'll be playing three games in three days, as the Tomahawks will only be playing two.

---On Sunday the Tomahawks made to minor roster changes. Joe Drabin was sent back down to the Tomahawks. Drabin played two more games this past weekend with the Phantoms, and did not record any points.

The second transaction the Tomahawks made was sending Tucker Murphy back to the Richmond Generals. Murphy who was in Johnstown's main camp this season, backed up Okicki and did not get any playing time vs. Port Huron.

Scoreboard:

Thursday

Soo
Michigan

Friday

Johnstown
Michigan

Soo
Port Huron

Saturday

Johnstown
Michigan

Soo
Port Huron

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December 17, 2013

Eagles Sweep the Weekend and Look to Finish First Half Strong

Article and Photos by: Chelsea Zalewski


Oh, how “sweep” it is to be an Eagle player (for the most part) or fan after this weekend’s games against the Michigan Warriors.  The team worked hard and beat the third place team in the north this weekend, despite being plagued by injuries.   Although they are a still at the bottom, these two wins this weekend have boosted their confidence to hopefully lead to a successful weekend down in Port Huron.

Friday, the Eagles did not have a single captain on the ice due to injuries.  It didn’t seem to really affect them though.  The first period, while chippy, was uneventful.   Midway through the second the Eagles went up 1-0 with a goal from Sandis Zolmanis, assisted by Dante Suffredini and Derek Lodermeier.  Michigan answered back with two goals shortly after, the goals coming from Tyler Groat (Zack Szajner and Colin Larkin with the assists) and Alec Pellegrino (Jake Faiella with the assist).  Before the end of the second Derek Lodermeier found the back of Michigan’s net and tied up the score at two apiece.  Perhaps also worth noting is the fight between former Soo Eagle, Connor Lyons, and current Soo Eagle Matt Menta, each being sent to the box for a five minute timeout.  A minute into the third Soo Eagle player Evan Mills was sent to the box for checking from behind and eleven seconds later, veteran forward Mike Sabatini received an odd bounce and was able to make a breakaway to score shorthanded.  Thankfully for Eagles fans, despite their efforts, Michigan was unable to score on two more power plays and the Eagles took the game with a score of 3-2.  Stars of the game were Tyler Groat (MI), Derek Lodermeier who had a goal and assist, and Eagles goalie Nathan Klebe who made 34 saves. 

Saturday looked to be a lot like Friday with regards to the chippiness and the first goal scored.  Sandis Zolmanis pushed the puck past Warrior goalie Dillon Kelley with an assist from Darren Brady.  Sandis would only see around 8 minutes of the game though because he was thrown out due to a weak head contact call.  Michigan answered back a minute later with a goal by Ryan Dougherty from TJ Stuntz and Cam Jorgensen.  The Eagles went back up with a goal by Nick Belger assisted by Mike Sabitini but the goal was answered before the end of the second by Ryan Dougerty assisted by Cody Kuster and Nick Mosher.  Once again the Eagles went to the locker room during intermission tied up.  At the 6:40 mark of the third, Chase Matson scored assisted by AJ Jarosz putting the Eagles up, but not for long because the goal was answered, this time by Tyler Groat from Zack Szajner.  Neither team could finish in regulation so they went to overtime.  It was half way through OT when Scott Cuthrell made a quick pass to Derek Lodermeier to win the game.  In the process, Derek tripped over and maybe speared Michigan’s goalie which caused a little after the whistle shove match to ensue.  As the Eagles exited the bench onto the ice to celebrate, so did Michigan but they weren’t up for celebration.  There was a lot of pushing, and shoving and a few words were exchanged.  After all was said and done, the game winning goal scorer Derek Lodermeier received a spearing major and a game misconduct for his contact with the goal while the goalie Dillon Kelley received a matched penalty for kicking him.  Stars from the game were Nathan Klebe who blocked 34 shots for the second night in a row, Michigan goalie Dillon Kelley who faced 46 shots and made 42 saves, and forward Derek Lodermeier who had the game winning goal.



If I were to issue stars for the weekend for just the Eagles as a whole I’d give third star to Mike Sabatini, who had the GWG on Friday night, and then a tie for first between Derek Lodermeire who had two goals and an assist and Nathan Klebe who faced 73 shots and only let in 5 goals.  As a whole though, the team proved that they are still trying.

With the wins, the Eagles advanced to 11-14-5 with 27 points, just two behind Janesville.  The team will play three more games before getting some much needed rest.  They will travel to Michigan, again, and then to Port Huron Friday and Saturday.  The Eagles are only halfway through their series of games with Michigan and judging by the amount of penalties and injuries accumulated in just four meetings, I’m sure the series isn’t going to get any less physical.

Trades and Injuries

The Eagles have been making major roster changes as of late.  Jackson Barliant and Evan Erickson were released while Jacob McDowell and Jeremy Norway were traded to Bismark.  To replace them the Eagles brought in Scott Cuthrell (F), Nick Belger (F), and Trevor Boyd (F).  In addition, Eagles picked up Nathan Klebe for between the pipes to help relieve Brennan while Skoog is out.  Cuthrell is a 1993 birth year from Waterford, Michigan. He began the season with the Michigan Warriors before coming to the Eagles. He put up 9 points in 21 games and was a +7.  Belger is a 1994 birth year who hails from Yorktown Heights, New York.  The Eagles acquired him from Springfield where he played 18 games and scored 3 goals and had 6 assists.  Boyd is a 1994 birth year from Muskegon Michigan and comes from Austin where he played 14 games and had 4 points. He is a large presence on the ice at 6’3. Nathan Klebe is a 1994 birth year hailing from South Lyon Michigan.  He comes from Flint in the NA3HL with a 0.94 save percentage.

I mentioned at the beginning that the Eagles had no captains on the ice and perhaps that is untrue, as Bradley Mueller is an away captain, but does not wear a letter while home.  Captain Ryan Urso was out due to a knee injury but should be healthy enough to play Thursday against Michigan, Denver  Pierce is out with a concussion until after Christmas, and AJ Jarosz was out with a lower body injury but did play in Saturday’s game.  Matt Menta is finally back in the lineup after missing most of the beginning of season.

After the weekend, new injuries were made.  Brad Pung is working through a lower body injury after collision with a Warrior player during Saturday’s game.  Nick Belger has some very interesting dental work after a scrum that stemmed from the hit on Pung.  Defensemen Michael Caruso, who has been in and out with shoulder issues, is now out with a concussion.  Goalie, Paige Skoog will not be back until after the New Year as he is also concussed after being run twice in previous games against Michigan. 


One thing is for sure, if the Eagles could get healthy, they’d be unstoppable.


December 16, 2013

Johnstown Splits Another Weekend, This Time in Port Huron

Tami Knopsnyder 2013 Copyright
Omar Mullan has said before, "Good teams don't lose twice in a row". That's something that this Tomahawks' team has been able to prove. The last time Johnstown lost two in a row was back in October, which was their second longest losing streak. The most games Johnstown has lost in a row this season was four, and that came in the first four games of the season.

This weekend they dropped the first game of the weekend before battling hard and picking up the win the following night.

Johnstown went into the weekend four points behind Port Huron for a first place tie. Johnstown then left Port Huron still four points back after picking up only two of the four points.

This upcoming weekend the Tomahawks face off against the Michigan Warriors, another key battle in the standings.


Game 1- Port Huron 5-3 F (Boxscore, Official Team Wrap-up)
Game 2- Johnstown 3-1 F (Boxscore, Official Team Wrap-up)

Notes:

---Neither team scored a power play goal this past weekend.

---Tomahawks got 26 shots each game this weekend.

---Mitch Hall had another two point weekend. He's currently has a five game point streak. In those five games he has seven points (1 goal, 6 assists). Hall has 23 points on the season, one point behind Brandon Reinholz for the team lead.

Last season Casey Nelson lead all defensman in scoring for the Tomahawks. In 56 games he scored 10 goals, 22 assists, good for 32 points. Hall has played in 29 games for the Tomahawks' so far this season, scoring 3 goals, 20 assists, good for 23 points. He is also an impressive +12.

Current Standings:



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December 12, 2013

Johnstown and Port Huron Set for First Place Showdown

Photo by: Tami Knopsnyder 2013 Copyright

This weekend the Tomahawks make their way to Port Huron to take on the Fighting Falcons for the first time this season away from the War Memorial Arena.

If Johnstown can pick up all four points and not give up any, they'll tie Port Huron in the standings for first place in the North Division.

Games between Johnstown and Port Huron are always exciting to watch and with the raised stakes, this weekend should be very fun to watch.

Previous Meetings:

September 14th- Port Huron 3 Johnstown 1 F Boxscore
September 15th- Port Huron 5 Johnstown 1 F Boxscore
November 2nd- Port Huron 4 Johnstown 1 F Boxscore
November 3rd- Port Huron 3 Johnstown 4 F OT Boxscore
November 22nd- Port Huron 3 Johnstown 4 F Boxscore
November 23rd- Port Huron 2 Johnstown 3 F SO Boxscore

Port Huron comes into the weekend with a first place record of 16-5-6.

Johnstown holds a tie for 2nd place (with Michigan Warriors) with a record of 16-10-2

Port Huron is on a three game losing streak, their longest of the 2013-2014 season.

Johnstown is 7-2-1 in their last ten games and 6-4-1 on the road this season.

Team Leaders:
(head to head)

Port Huron




Johnstown



News:

Brett Young Traded to Port Huron

Brett Young was traded to the Port Huron Fighting Falcons earlier this weekend in exchange for future considerations. Young appeared in two games with Johnstown with a record of 0-1-0 a GAA of 4.74 and a save percentage of .860.

Drabin Called Up to Youngstown

Today Joe Drabin was called up to the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL. This is the second time this season that Drabin has been sent to Youngstown. His first call up only lasted two games. It is yet unknown whether this most recent call up will be long term or short term.

Joe Drabin has played 26 games with the Tomahawks this season, scoring 15 points (5 goals, 10 assists).

Johnstown Calls Up Richmond Generals Goalie, Tucker Murphy

Via Twitter @tuckermurphy194
Jake Moore is out, at least this weekend with Tonsilitus, which means the Tomahawks need a solid backup goalie. So Johnstown has called up Tucker Murphy who tried out for the Tomahawks during this past off season.

This year with the Richmond Generals, Murphy has a record of 10-3-0 with a GAA of 2.21 and a save percentage of .938. You can read the Generals' official team press release here.

Tomahawks Tender Forward

Johnstown made their third tender for the 2014-2015 season, signing Philadelphia Jr. Flyers forward Andrew Romano.

You can read the Jr. Flyers full press release here, which features quotes from the Johnstown Tomahawks.

Last season for the Jr. Flyers, Romano played in 40 games scoring 49 points (19 goals, 30 assists). In 2011-2012 he appeared in 40 games scoring 39 points (18 goals, 21 assists).

Note:

Brady Bender is still injured which means that Logan Hudson will remain with the team a bite longer than expected. Hudson has played in one game for the Tomahawks which came against Wenatchee last Saturday night. He is an even rating and has two penalty minutes thus far.

Standings:



North Division Schedule:

Wednesday:

Michigan 4
Port Huron 3 F

Friday:

Johnstown
Port Huron

Michigan
Soo

Springfield
Janesville

Saturday:

Johnstown
Port Huron

Michigan
Soo

Springfield
Janesville

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December 10, 2013

Tomahawks Split in Wenatchee

The first weekend in Wenatchee the Tomahawks were able to get three out of four points. This past weekend the Wild were able to get three out of four points. Johnstown would have loved to win both games, but since Wenatchee isn't in their division, it doesn't hurt too much giving up a couple.

Both games Johnstown faced a lot of shots but both Jake Moore, and Alex Okicki were up for the task.

Moore lost his game on Friday night by the score of 2-1. In the game Moore made 31 saves on 33 shots.

Johnstown was just unable to score goals, their lone goal being scored in the first period by Shane Bednard, on the power play.

On Saturday night, Okicki turned away 37 of 41 shots, including 6 of 7 in the shootout.

Johnstown had a 4-2 lead with just over a minute to go into the third, only to see Wenatchee find a way scoring two quick goals and tying the game. This of course forced overtime and then the shootout.

Tyler Basham who seems to be a shootout specialist for Johnstown, scored in the fourth round to tie things up. Then in the seven round, Mitch Hall was able to beat Chase Perry to give Johnstown the win.

Game 1- Wenatchee 2 Johnstown 1 F (Boxscore, Official Game Recap)
Game 2- Wenatchee 4 Johnstown 5 F SO (Boxscore. Official Game Recap)

Thoughts and Notes:

---You never want to lose a lead late, but you've got to be happy that the team didn't quite and found a way to get both points on Saturday night.

---Johnstown will play Wenatchee again this season with the Wild coming back to Johnstown. The Wild may be joining the BCHL next season so this could be the last chance to see the Tomahawks and Wild in action.

----Logan Hudson played on Saturday night for the Tomahawks. In the game he didn't record any points, had two penalty minutes (slashing) and was an even for the night.

----Alex Okicki picked up the win on Saturday night, meaning Okicki is now 6-0-1 in his last seven games. He has a total of 12 wins so far this season. Last year with Kalamazoo he went 18-11-4 overall.

---Mitch Hall had an assist on Friday night and two on Saturday giving him a total of 21 points in 27 games this season. That is a career high for Hall. Last year he had 13 points in 24 games with the Tomahawks.

---Johnstown is now 16-10-2 on the season. Four points behind Port Huron for a first place tie. It just so happenends that Johnstown and Port Huron will battle each other this upcoming weekend.

---Johnstown has been playing good hockey and in their last ten games are 7-2-1.

TheTomablog's Three Stars of the Weekend:

3- Johnstown- Shane Bednard- In two games he had 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 points, was a +2 and had 9 penalty minutes.

2- Wenatchee- Parker Tuomie- In two games he had 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 points (all coming on Saturday night) and was a +1.

1- Johnstown- Mitch Hall- In two games, he had 3 assists for 3 points, a fight, was a +1, and scored the game winning shootout goal.




December 5, 2013

Tomahawks Look to Leave West Coast with Four More Points

The Tomahawks last weekend played the Wenatchee Wild where they took three out of four points. This weekend they face that same Wild team again. During the past week the team practice in Wenatchee, took in the city's sites, sounds, and mingled with the locals.

Johnstown continues to find a way to pick up points. Currently the Tomahawks have a record of 15-9-2. They're only one win behind Port Huron's win total and only five points behind Port Huron for first place tie.

Johnstown is 5-3-1 on the road this season.

Alex Okicki is 5-0-1 in his last six starts in net for Johnstown.

Via Facebook:



Instead of doing our usual weekend preview we're going to make a slight adjustment this weekend and instead of looking at both team's season totals, were going to focus strictly on this years head-to-head match-up.

Previous Meetings:

November 15- Johnstown 6-4 F Boxscore
November 16- Wenatchee 5-1 F Boxscore
November 31- Wenatchee 4-3 SO F Boxscore
December 1- Johnstown 3-2 F Boxscore

This isn't the last time the two teams will meet this season. Wenatchee will make another visit to Johnstown on February 21st and 22nd.

Special Teams:

Wenatchee

Power Play 5 for 22
Penalty Kill  10 for 11

Johnstown

Power Play 1 for 11
Penalty Kill 16 for 22

Wenatchee has outshot Johnstown 170-78

Wenatchee Goals By Period: 2-5-7

Johnstown Goals By Period: 1-5-7

(not counting overtime/shootout goals)

Team Leaders:

Wenatchee


Johnstown



Note: Trevor Recktenwald has a 100% shooting percentage against the Wild so far this season.

Watch Away Games at Scott's By Dam:

WJAC-TV had a segment about fan's gathering at Scott's to watch Tomahawks' away games. Here's the link.

You can also watch the games yourself at Fasthockey.com for $7.99 per game.

Johnstown Finishes 2nd in Mo'Vember, Josh Bowes Raises Most Money Among All Players:

Check out the official link from the NAHL. It would have been great to have one, but second isn't bad out of 24 teams.

Standings:



North Scoreboard:

Wednesday:

Michigan 4
Soo 3 F SO Boxscore

Friday:

Port Huron
Michigan

Soo
Janesville

Topeka
Springfield

Johnstown
Wenatchee

Saturday:

Soo
Janesville

Topeka
Springfield

Johnstown
Wenatchee

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December 2, 2013

Johnstown Earns 3 of 4 Points in First Weekend at Wenatchee (Quick Post)

This weekend, point wise, was as close as you could get to perfect without being perfect. Sure, Wenatchee seemed to control play for the most part, but Johnstown found a way to get the job done. Johnstown will stay in Wenatchee all week, and then play the Wild again this upcoming weekend.

We didn't get a chance to watch the game on Saturday. We watched most of the game on Sunday before falling a sleep in the third. Lightweights.

Because of those reason we're keeping this post short. Here are the boxscores and game links.

Saturday- Wenatchee 4-3 SO Boxscore, Official Game Review
Sunday- Johnstown 3-2 F Boxscore, Official Game Review





November 29, 2013

Tomahawks Invade West Coast (Weekend Preview)

This weekend (and next weekend) the Johnstown Tomahawks travel to the West Coast to take on the Wenatchee Wild.

Last season Johnstown visited Wenatchee and in two games they finished with a record of 1-1.

So far this season both teams battled each other at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena twice. Each team picked up one win.

The two games in Johnstown only a couple weeks ago were very physical and entertaining games. We except to see the same hockey the next two weeks.

Coming into this weekend Johnstown is on a two game winning streak and have won six of their last seven games. On the other side, the Wild have won three in a row, and six of their last eight games.

Wenatchee is 11-10-2 good for 5th place in the Midwest Division.

Johnstown is 14-9-1 good for 2nd place in the North Division.

Previous Meetings:

November 15, 2013- Johnstown 6-4 Boxscore
November 16, 2013- Wenatchee 5-1 Boxscore

Special Teams:

Wenatchee

Power Play 20.8% (4th) 25 for 120
Penalty Kill 89.4% (7th) 11 for 104

Johnstown

Power Play 13.5% (15th) 14 for 104
Penalty Kill 80.3% (20th) 26 for 132

When Johnstown scores first they're 8-1-1
When the Tomahawks lead after two periods they're 7-0-0

When Wenatchee is trailing after two they're 0-6-0
The Wild are 7-3-1 at home this season

Team Leaders:

Wenatchee
(click to enlarge)


Johnstown
(click to enlarge)


Standings:
(click to enlarge)




Tomahawks' Add D-man for Road Trip:

At the beginning of this week we broke the story about the Tomahawks' adding a defenseman to the roster for this current road trip. That player is Logan Hudson. You can read all the details here.

Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Teams Playing at War Memorial This Weekend:

Just because the Tomahawks are on the road doesn't mean you have to go without seeing live hockey in Johnstown. The Pittsburgh Penguins Elite teams will be playing the Boston Advantage at the War Memorial Arena. All details can be found on our blog post here.

Notes:

Eric Tien recently played two games with the Michigan Warriors, scoring no points and was a minus 2. He was released by the Warriors this past Tuesday.

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North Division Scoreboard:

Friday

Coulee Region
Janesville

Saturday

Springfield
Port Huron

Janesville
Coulee Region

Johnstown
Wenatchee

Sunday

Springfield
Port Huron

Janesville
Coulee Region

Johnstown
Wenatchee

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November 26, 2013

Johnstown Adds D-Man for Upcoming Road Trip

The Johnstown Tomahawks are heading to the west coast this weekend and they'll be taking an extra defenseman with them. Logan Hudson has joined the team as an affiliate player and will be available for the team while they are in Wenatchee.

Hudson tried out for the Tomahawks during the off season but failed to make the team. Since that tryout, Hudson has improved his game to a point that Johnstown felt it was a good time to take another look at the young D-man and have him as insurance as the team is 2,429 miles away from home.

This season Hudson has been playing for the Michigan Hounds. The Hounds play part of their season in the NAPHL. In nine games, Hudson has one assist and 14 penalty minutes.

Hudson stands at 6'1, 210lb and is a 1995 birth year player.

In AAA action with the Hounds, Hudson has played in 30 games, scoring two goals, seven assists, good for nine points, and has 87 penalty minutes.

The Tomahawks take on the Wild this Saturday and Sunday, and then take them on again the following weekend.

We've updated the roster page, which you can check out now.

Note: Cameron Smith, was sent back down to the Potomac Patriots. Smith, anther affiliate player, can be called up to Johnstown at any time.

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November 25, 2013

Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Teams in Johnstown This Weekend

The Johnstown Tomahawks are taking to the road for the next couple of weeks, but there still will be some action taking place at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.

The Pittsburgh Penguins Elite teams will faceoff against The Boston Advantage on Saturday and Sunday at the arena. In total there will be four games played, two vs. the Midget Minor teams, and two vs. the Midget Major teams.

If you have a chance to head down to the War Memorial you definitely should. This could be your first chance to see possible future Johnstown Tomahawks' players in action.

Colin DeAugustine who saw some action in a Tomahawks' jersey this season, spent last year playing for the Penguins Elite Midget Major team.

Austin Lemieux, Mario Lemieux's son, plays for the Midget Major team. It would only make sense that his father will probably be in attendance this weekend to watch his son play.

All players on both teams are birth year players between 1996-1998, just a year or two younger than current Tomahawks' players.

For local youth hockey players and coaches that compete at the A and AA level this would be great to come out and watch to see where they may be able to fit in, or give them an idea of what it takes to play at the next level.

Schedule:

Saturday
 
Midget Minor vs. Boston 5:30pm
Midget Major vs. Boston 7:30pm
 
Sunday
 
Midget Minor vs. Boston 8:30am
Midget Major vs. Boston 10:30am
For more information about the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite teams, here's an excerpt from the team's website.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have teamed up with the Pittsburgh Hornets amateur program and Dick’s Sporting Goods to create a new amateur hockey program in the Pittsburgh area.

The “Pittsburgh Penguins Elite” will feature 14 teams playing at the AAA level – nine boys teams and five girls teams.
“Part of our overall vision of supporting local youth hockey has been to create an elite Pittsburgh Penguins youth program that would attract top players in different age groups, offering an excellent environment to develop skills, teach teamwork and compete against top teams from other areas,” said David Morehouse, CEO and President of the Pittsburgh Penguins. “The Pittsburgh Amateur Hockey League (PAHL) and Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (PIHL) do such a great job of growing the game here, and there are a number of good amateur programs. But we thought it made sense to have a AAA program directly affiliated with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

“The opportunity to partner with one of the top AAA programs in the country in the Pittsburgh Hornets and one of the most socially-conscious, sports-oriented businesses in Dick’s Sporting Goods is one that excites us. We think we can do great things together as Pittsburgh Penguins Elite.”

NHL Hall of Famer and Pittsburgh Penguins alum Bryan Trottier and NHL referee Stephen Walkom are part of the new program’s board, while former Penguin Mark Recchi will be part of the coaching staff.

The Pittsburgh Penguins Elite teams will compete in the Tier I Elite Hockey League that includes the Philadelphia Junior Flyers, the Buffalo Junior Sabres, the DC Capitals, the Dallas AAA Stars, the Phoenix Junior Coyotes and the Los Angeles Junior Kings, among others.

To read more follow the link here.

We plan on attending the games and hope to see you there.

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