February 9, 2013

Gameday #48 Tomahawks vs Jets

After losing last night in a shootout the Tomahawks will be looking for revenge tonight when they battle the same Janesville Jets at Janesville Ice Arena.

Remember, 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 of tonight's game Sunday afternoon.

Last night the 'Hawks power play was 2 for 9 which helped their special teams move from the fifth best to the leagues third best power play. As one of our Key's to the Game yesterday stated, Johnstown needed to move the puck around better and get more shots on net. Well, they did just that last night and converted when they needed to. Hopefully that continues tonight.

Matt Williams played his first game with the Tomahawks last night and looked like he'll be a good player for Johnstown. Late in yesterday's game, Williams had an excellent chance right in front of the yet and would have scored if not for Jets' goalie, Kautz, who stood on his head all night long. Williams will try again tonight to get his first point in a Johnstown jersey.

There were a few scrums in last nights game and one fight. Only 27 seconds into the second period Cody Boyd got tangled up with a Janesville player who challenged him to drop the gloves. As Boyd agreed, Jets' captain Conor Lemirande jumped in and fought for his teammate. Because of this, Lemirande was given five minutes for fighting, two minutes for instigating (could have been called for 3rd man in), and a game misconduct. Boyd was only given five minutes for fighting.

Jordan Watt had himself a big game last night as he scored one goal, assisted on two others, and netted the only shootout goal.  This was the first time this season that Watt had a three point night. Up to this point Watt had put together two point nights, five times. In his last six games Watt has nine points (2 goals, 7 assists).

One of his linemates Cody Gylling, also had a good night scoring one goal and assisting on another. Gylling has been on fire and leading the team in point production. In his last seven games he has 13 points (8 goals, 5 assists).

Colin Brennan got the shootout loss last night giving him a record of  6-6-5 with a GAA of 2.72 and a save percentage of .908. This is the fourth time Brennan has lost a game in a shootout this season. On 1/26/13 at Soo, Brennan took the game to a shootout but was replaced by Truehl. The Hawks would win that game 5-4. Brennan has been in a total of five shootouts, 1-4.

This year Brennan has a save percentage of .524 in a shootout, allowing 10 goals on 21 shots. Truehl has a save percentage of .684 allowing 6 goals on 19 shots.

Also, in his last ten starts Brennan is winless, and two of those games he did not get the decision. His last win for the Tomahawks came all the way back on 12/14/2012 vs Jamestown Iron men, a 5-0 win.

Brennan has to be better if this team wants to hunt for a Robertson Cup championship.

Keys to the Game:
1- Continue scoring on power play- Now with the 3rd best power play in the league, teams that take penalties against the Tomahawks have to pay. If Janesville takes as many penalties tonight as they did last night, it could be a step towards the win column for  Johnstown.

2- Secondary scoring- Our best line this season and our best line in the last few games has been Gylling, Kontny, and Watt. Those three men are also the team's leading point producers in that same order. In the last six games Johnstown has scored 21 goals. A player on that first line has either scored or assisted on 16 of those goals. If Johnstown can get more scoring from third and fourth line players it can give them the extra push they need to pick up a win tonight and get a few more wins before the end of the season.

3- Goaltending- I keep bringing it up because it still is a problem. We need saves, as simple as that. Brennan has been picking up OTL points but we need him to shut the door and get regulation two points.

Looking Ahead:

After tonight's game the Tomahawks have 12 more games in the regular season. The next four will take place at home as they will battle the Wenatchee Wild next weekend and the Fresno Monsters the following weekend. Johnstown then will not play at home again until March 8th and 9th when they take on the Jamestown Ironmen, the final two home games of the season.

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