You can watch the game tonight on FASThockey, you can also receive great live game updates via the Johnstown Tomahawks Twitter @Johnstownhawks or from their facebook page. For up to the minute stats you can visit http://nahl.com/ and will we have a recap and game two preview Saturday afternoon.
Tonight your Johnstown Tomahawks face the Janesville Jets at Janesville Ice Arena. This will be the 3rd out of 4 meetings these two teams will have this year. The first two meetings took place at the beginning of the season in Johnstown, with Johnstown winning both games.
The first match up was on October 6, 2012 and saw the Tomahawks beat the Jets, 5-3. Engum was in net for Johnstown allowing three goals on eleven shots. Johnstown out shot Janesville in their first meeting 38-11. The goal scorers in the game for Johnstown were Kontny, McCombs, Brossoit, Nelson, and Gylling. You can see the whole boxscore from that game here.
The following night the Tomahawks would pick up the sweep over Janesville by winning 4-1. Engum picked up the victory in this game as well. Johnstown once again out shot Janesville this time 46-17. Johnstown's goal scorers for the night were Kontny (twice), Watt, and Wallace. At the center ice faceoff to start the third period Jesse Kessler fought David Becker, Becker has since been released from the Jets. You can read the whole boxscore from that game here.
Before we get to the Key Stats, Player Profiles, Key's to the Weekend, and Links, let's catch up on some of the things that Janesville has been up to since these two teams last met.
---Jets won Prestigious Community Service Award
---Defenseman Ruslan Pedan accepted scholarship to play hockey at Bemidji State University starting in the 2013-2014 season.
---Forward Zack Diamantoni accepted scholarship to play hockey at Northern Michigan University starting in the 2014-2015 season.
---Leading scorer Jason Ford accepted scholarship to play hockey at Bemidji State University starting in the 2015-2016 season.
Recent Transactions for the Jets:
2/07/2013- (D) Shane McLaughlin and (D) Donovan Gardiner traded to Texas
2/06/2013- (F) John May transfer to Minnesota (NA3HL)
1/19/2013- (F) David Becker released
Here is the current standing coming into tonight's game:
1. Power play- Johnstown enters the night with the fifth best power play in the league (44 for 239). Last weekend on the power play the 'Hawks were 3 for 14. One of those power plays vs Soo was a five minute major that would have tied the game if Johnstown would have been able to score on the advantage. If Johnstown is going to have a deep run into the playoffs they must capitalize as often as they can on the power play. With players like JB Baker able to agitate opponents into taking dumb penalties and Johnstown playing in close scoring matches recently, every chance to bury teams has to be taking.
Janesville though comes into the game tonight with the sixth best penalty kill in the league. If the 'Hawks can make quick passes (like they've done in the past) and get every possible puck on net during man advantages they should be able to bury a few.
2. Stay Disciplined- Last weekend there were periods when it seemed the team was more interested in "getting even" with a couple players on the opposite side of the ice then playing the game. Both times this happen, Johnstown blew their leads and lost the game. If the Tomahawks can stay out of the box they'll improve their chances of bringing home four point tremendously. (Last weekend Johnstown took 18 penalties, 10 in the second game vs Port Huron)
3. Timely Saves- Whether it's Truehl in net or Brennan we need our goalie to make the timely saves. Both men are able to stand on their heads and make great saves but as of late it seems the simplest shots are beating them. If they can make the one or two big saves that every goalie needs to make and stop the soft goal from going in when they have all the momentum, the 'Hawks outcome will be guaranteed.
Players to Watch:
Andrew McDonald- McDonald hasn't recorded a point since 1/13/13 vs Soo where he had two assists. If McDonald can get a few points this weekend it will make Johnstown's offense that much more potent.
Matt Williams- This is be Williams' first game in a Tomahawks jersey. This year while playing for Coulee Region he had three point games three times. Hopefully he can put up the same type of numbers for his new club. Williams also has two fights this year both coming against the Janesville Jets. He's danced with team captain Conor Lemirande, and Donovan Gardiner.
Todd Koritzinsky- He's played the last two years for the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL but Janesville has had his rights for the NAHL. With the USHL's roster deadline approaching they decided to release Koritzinsky. Janesville was happy to finally get him into their line up, and since joining the Jets he has eight points in four games. Last game vs Kalamazoo, Koritzinsky scored one goal and assisted on three others.
Brock Kautz- Doesn't have a win in his last six starts, the last of which came back on 1/1/2013 vs Port Huron, a 3-0 shutout. If Kautz gets one or two starts this weekend look for him to battle as hard as possible to break the winless streak.
Last but not least here are some random News and Notes. Tomorrow (2/9/2013) we will have a game recap, and a breakdown of the rematch between Janesville and your Johnstown Tomahawks.
----Ever wanted to bring your dog to a hockey game? Well next homestand vs Wenatchee Wild you can do just that. February 16th is Pucks and Paws night. Tribune-Democrat had a story about the K-9 that's going to drop the opening puck.
---Head over to Sportslogos.com and rate the Johnstown Tomahawks logo. Currently it has 50 votes with a user rating of 5.8/10
---Johnstown is 5th in the league in attendance.
---If you have a Twitter account make sure to follow us @TheTomablog. Also make sure you follow the team's official twitter account @Johnstownhawks
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