February 28, 2013

Weekend Preview: Johnstown at Springfield (3/01/2013-3/02/2013)

Suzanne Grove and Ed Sheets have the official Johnstown Tomahawks weekend preview here.

The Johnstown Tomahawks make the 630 mile bus ride to Springfield IL to take on the Jr. Blues. This will be the 3rd and 4th game of the season between the two teams, with the first two taking place back at the CCWM early in the season.

Before we can get to all the wonderful stats, storylines, keys to the game, and whatever our little heart desire, we've got to check out the latest news and links.

News from Johnstown Tomahawks official website:

----Earlier this week the Tomahawks announced that fans can submit questions to the players to have them answered...

Do you have a question you would like to ask a Tomahawk? Well, here's your chance! The Tomahawks players want to hear from you. Please submit your question (1-2 sentences, please) along with your name, location, and the name of the player you would like to ask. Then, we'll randomly select questions from your submissions and the corresponding player will respond to you on here, Facebook, and Twitter!
You can submit your question by following this link to their official website.

---The Tomahawks have been busy making sure that next year's team does even better than this year. Johnstown, tendered four players for next season, Collin Finkhouse, Matt Meier, Aaron Bland, and Eric Tien. You can read the official press release from the 'Hawks here.

Here at Thetomablog we took a look at each tendered player to give you a small preview of what might be in store next season. That post is here.

**Great signings by Rick Boyd. This team, this year, has had problems scoring goals, but Boyd may have solved that problem for next season. Of course being tendered doesn't mean they'll make the team, we just have their rights, but judging on how talented they are, they shouldn't have a problem making the club.***

Back to the Upcoming Weekend:

The Johnstown Tomahawks come into this weekend in fourth place with a record of 22-18-12, good for 56 points. The Springfield Jr. Blues have a record of 22-26-4, good for 48 points and a six place spot in the standings. (also the last playoff spot).

Johnstown only has a better record because of all the games we've been able to push into overtime. If it was just counted as a loss any time you lost in overtime, Johnstown would have a record of 22-30.

Last weekend Johnstonw lost both of their games to last place Frenso Monsters, both in a shootout. Springfield was at home vs Soo and went 1-1. In the first game vs Soo, Springfield won in a blow out, 7-1. Game two was closer but still very high scoring, 6-5 Soo.

Johnstown is on a four game losing streak which they hope to break this weekend.

Johnstown has a few injuries in their lineup, Dakoda Menslage, Jaycob McCombs, and Corey Schafer. Hopefully McCombs will be able to play soon as the Tomahawks could use his offensive abilities. In 38 games this season, McCombs, has eight goals, six assists, and fourteen points.  Before getting injured McCombs had scored eight points in eleven games.

Last Meeting:

These two teams last played each other on November 3rd and 4th at the CCWM. Springfield won both games, the first in OT and the second in regulation.

The first game saw Chris Truehl in net for Johnstown and Matt Leon in net for Springfield. Truehl made 22 saves on 26 shots. Leon picked up the win making 28 saves on 31 shots.

Johnstown goals came from, Casey Nelson, Jordan Watt, and Jeff Bergh. Springfield got goals from, Ryan Atkinson (two in regulation and one in overtime for the game winner) and Mitch Rogge. Johnstown lost the game, 4-3. Boxscore.

Game two saw both team's backup goalies in net. Brennan got the loss stopping 21 of 26 shots. Kellenberger got the win for the Jr. Blues making 21 saves on 25 shots.

Johnstown received goals that night from, Andrew McDonald, Connor Wright (scored two), and Mitch Kontny. Springfields goal scorers were, Ryan Atkinson, Trevor Stone, Mike Severson, Devin Mitchell, Mike Fazio (now plays for Kalamazoo) and Nate Chasteen. Springfield won the game, 6-4. Boxscore.


Springfield is 10-15-1 at Home this season.
Their power play is 16.4% good for 9th in the league.
Their penalty kill is 82.9% good for 18th in the league.
When Springfield is leading after one period they are 8-3-2.
When Springfield is loosing after one period they are 2-14-0
They are averaging 855 fans per home game this season (17th in the league)

Johnstown is 10-8-6 on the road this season.
Their power play is 18.4% good for 3rd in the league.
Their penalty kill is 84.3% good for 14th in the league.
When Johnstown is leading after the first period they are 11-2-4.
When Johnstown is loosing after one period they are 2-6-2.

Team Leaders:

Springfield Jr. Blues

Brett Skibba- 27-22-49  in 50 games
Ryan Atkinson - 18-15-33 in 40 games
Nate Chasteen- 11-14-25 in 40 games

Penalty Minutes:
Jack Sloan- 72 in 47 games

Johnstown Tomahawks

Cody Gylling- 16-26-42 in 51 games
Mitch Kontny- 19-16-35 in 52 games
Jordan Watt- 16-16-32 in 48 games

Penalty Minutes:
Jake Fairchild- 133 in 39 games
Cody Boyd- 127 in 47 games
Brandon Reinholz- 103 in 45 games

TheTomablog's Keys to the Game:

 Keep foot on pedal: Hockey is a 60 minute game and you've gotta play for a whole 60 minutes. If the Tomahawks can keep up their pressure and not take shifts off, they have a very good chance of winning both games this weekend. But if they get lazy or think a game is over before the buzzer sounds, we might just have another weekend like the last couple.

Shut down Atkinson: So far in the two games vs Springfield, Atkinson has been a Tomahawks killer. In two games he has four goals for four points. Limit Atkinson's chances and you greatly effect Springfield's chances to win.

Simple Road Game: Sometimes when you play at home, in front of large crowds, you can find yourself trying to do too much or trying to make great "jaw dropping" plays. On the road there's nobody to impress. Get the puck in the zone deep, and grind it out, bringing home four points.

North Division Weekend Match Ups:


Jamestown at Michigan
Janesville at Coulee Region


Jamestown at Michigan
Janesville at Coulee Region
Soo at Kalamazoo


Soo at Kalamazoo

Hopefully we're seeing a lot of this from the Tomahawks this weekend.


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