February 17, 2013
Tomahawks lose to Wild, 3-2
The Wenatchee Wild are a skilled hockey team. Seeing the Wild play first hand, they'd probably wipe the floor with the best team we've seen thus far, the Soo Eagles. With that being said, the Tomahawks played a whole 60-minutes last night but still just came up a goal short.
The first period ended with both teams tied at zero but that didn't mean the game wasn't exciting up to that point. Many scoring chances for both teams, big hits, and even a big scrum behind the night, which resulted in Cody Boyd getting a game misconduct. (two minutes for instigating, five for fighting, and a game misconduct.)
Starting the second period the Tomahawks still had 3:03 left to kill in Boyd's fighting major. It only took :48 seconds into the period for Wenatchee to get the first goal of the game, Max McHugh assisted by Trevor Stewart.
Jordan Watt, who was serving Boyd's penalty, came out of the box giving Johnstown the man advantage. Instead of heading into the defensive zone, Watt, stood at the offensive blue line and waited for a pass. That pass came perfectly from Mitch Hall sending Watt on a breakaway. Watt was able to get day light in between Nichols' legs and score the game tying goal.
Before the period ended, after a waved off goal because of the extra attacker jumpped off the Wenatchee bench before their goalie got to the bench on the delayed penalty, the Wild stuck again. This time it was Joe Sullivan assisted by Chris Kerr at 16:34.
In the third period the Wild would get the insurance marker and the game winning goal when Trevor Stewart beat Colin Brennan, unassisted, to give the Wild the 3-1 lead. Back on the power play late in the game the Tomahawks scored a goal four seconds into the power play to bring the game within one. The goal was scored by Mitch Kontny assisted by Jordan Watt at 15:11. That's how the game would end, keeping Johnstown from getting any points on the weekend.
On the power play Wenatchee was 1 for 6, while Johnstown went 2 for 4.
There were four fights in the game.
Jesse Kessler vs Joe Sullivan
Cody Boyd vs Noah Nelson (Nelson did not receive a fighting major nor any penalty on the play)
Connor Wright vs Nathan Flynn
Cobi Smith-Mass vs Derick Kuchera
Nichols got the win in net stopping 18 out of 20 shots. He improves his record to 29-6-3.
Brennan picked up the loss for Johnstown stopping 25 out of 28 shots. His record now goes to 6-7-5. His winless steak is now at 11 games making his last win on 12-14-2012 vs the Jamestown Ironmen.
Johnstown had 3,725 fans at the game making it their sixth sellout of the season. The Tomahawks are now currently 0-6 when they get a sellout. Also in attendance was 84 dogs. Just a funny stat I thought of after the game, Kalamazoo is averaging this season 354 people to their games. With 84 dogs coming to the game, that's about 24% of their average turn out just in dogs.
Wenatchee out shot Johnstown in the game 28-20.
Tomorrow a few of our players along with Jason Spence will be in Troy, Michigan for the three day NAHL Prospects Tournament. We'll give you updates on how the Johnstown representatives are during throughout the tournament.
The Tribune Demoract's article from last night's game.
The Johnstown Tomahawks Press release from last night's game.
NAHL boxscores from last night.