(On Friday we'll have a game day preview, where we'll break down all the story lines, keys to the game, and a look around the other North division matchups.)
The above picture shows the results the first time the Tomahawks played the Wild. Only seconds earlier Jordan Watt scored in OT to give Johnstown the 4-3 overtime win. The following night the Tomahawks weren't so lucky as they fell to Wenatchee in a defensive battle, 1-0. This weekend (2/15/2013, 2/16/2013) the two teams will battle once again, only this time in the friendly confines of the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.
Johnstown enters the weekend with a record of 22-16-10 good for fourth place in the north division, 54 points. Wenatchee comes the CCWM with a record of 33-7-4 good for first in the west division, 70 points, and third overall in league standings.
Before we look deeper into this weekends matchup lets go back to November 30th and Decemeber 1st when these two teams first met each other in Johnstown Tomahawks' franchise history. As stated before, the Tomahawks won the first game, 4-3 in overtime. The Wild outshot the Tomahawks 37-29, Truehl turning away 34 shots, and Nichols turning away 25. NAHL boxscore
The first match up only saw five penalties called combined, and all of them were called in the second period. There were no fights this game, but both teams made up for that the following night.
Johnstown got on the board first at the 2:05 mark with McDonald scoring with assists going to Wright and Wallace. With the game now in the second period and Johnstown down 2-1, McDonald scored his second goal of the night, this time short handed. On the play, Gylling got the only assist. A little over two minutes later and Johnstown would take the lead with a goal by Mitch Kontny assisted by Jeff Bergh. Wenatchee would get the only goal in the third period to force the game to overtime, with Watt netting the winning goal :53 seconds in.
The following night saw the same goaltenders in net. The Wild outshot Johnstown 39-18 with Truehl turning every shot away except for one. That goal was scored shorthanded at the 12:42 mark of the third period by Jono Daivs, unassisted. The game featured two fights, both taking place in the second period, back to back. Boyd faught McHugh at 3:47, and then Fairchild fought Noah Nelson at 3:50. The penalty that Wenatchee was able to score on shorthanded came at 18:57 when Chris Jones recieved four minutes for spearing and a game misconduct. NAHL boxscore
Now back to this weekend:
Johnstown enters with the 3rd best power play in the league, firing at 18.7%. (47 for 251)
Wenatchee enters with the 2nd best penality kill in the league at 88.8% (teams are 22 for 196 on the powerplay vs the Wild.)
Johnstown is 12-8-4 at home this season while Wenatchee is 15-2-1 away.
Stats to remember for this weekend: (Johnstown first column, Wenatchee second)
LEADING AFTER 1ST 11-2-3 15-0-1
LEADING AFTER 2ND 16-2-2 21-0-1
TIED AFTER 1ST 9-9-5 12-2-1
TIED AFTER 2ND 3-6-5 8-1-0
TRAILING AFTER 1ST 2-5-2 6-5-2
TRAILING AFTER 2ND 3-8-3 4-6-3
Wenatchee is currently on an eight game road winning streak which began on 10/12/2012.
Wenatchee is first in the league in fighting majors with 42. Johnstown is ranked fourth with 33.
Wenatchee Wild Scoring
Johnstown Tomahawks Scoring
- OurSportsCentral has the latest Massey Ratings out. They have Johnstown ranked 11th in the NAHL.
- The Tribune Democrat had a small article on the Tomahawks' win on Saturday with some good quotes from Jason Spence.
- Tomahawks Assistant coach Mike Letizia and his wife, Alana, are proud new parents this week.
- Don't forget that Saturday night's game is Pucks and Paws night. I checked Ticketmaster and tickets seem to be selling pretty good, so if you don't have yours yet, get them quick.