(we've got some great links down at the bottom so make sure you don't leave before checking those out.)
Can you believe this is already the last homestand in the regular season for the Johnstown Tomahawks? This first season for the Tomahawks has been a memorable one, hopefully they can build on their successes on and off the ice to make the years ahead even better.
Now of course isn't a time to be sad or a time to reflect since there are still four away games to be played in this season, then hopefully a long playoff run. With six games in total left, the Tomahawks will face the Ironmen four of those times, two of which come this weekend.
So far this season Johnstown is 3-1-0 vs Jamestown.
The first two meetings of the season took place back on November 23rd and 24th, in Jamestown NY.
The first game the Tomahawks won 5-3. In net for Johnstown was Chris Truehl, making 30 saves on 33 shots. The goal scorers for Johnstown that night were, Brandon Reinholz (he scored two), Mitch Kontny, Jeff Bergh, and Casey Nelson. Cody Gylling had three assists in the game. There was one fight in the game which featured former Tomahawks' D-man, Kristaps Bazevics, dropping the gloves with Ryan Urso.
In goal that night for Jamestown was Reid Mimmack, making 29 saves on 34 shots. Mimmack is no longer on the team's roster after posting a record of 16-5-1. He left the team to begin his college career but hasn't played in net this season for Bemidji State University.
Jamestown went 1 for 1 on the power play, and Johnstown went 4 for 7.
The following night both teams faced off against each other for a second time. Johnstown won this game by the score of, 3-2. In net for Johnstown was again Chris Truehl, making 35 saves on 37 shots. Johnstown got goals from Gylling, Reinholz, and Kontny.
In goal that night for Jamestown was Tim Shaughnessy, who on 2/6/2013 was traded to the Coulee Region Chill. He made 24 saves on 27 shots. Ross Pavek had an assist in the game. Pavek spent two seasons with the Alaska Avalanche of the NAHL back in 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 season. That's the same Alaska team that became the Johnstown Tomahawks.
Jamestown was 0 for 3 on the power play and Johnstown went 2 for 5.
Game three and four took place at the CCWM on December 14th and 15th. Johnstown played one of their best games, in game three, winning 5-0. This was the last game Johnstown played before their scoring struggles began. Since that game Johnstown has had a record of 8-12-6, and a home record of, 4-7-4.
Colin Brennan got the shutout that night turning away all 19 shots. He also goes in the record books for Johnstown, being the first goalie in team history to post a shutout. The goals that night were, Connor Wright, Jesse Kessler, Jordan Watt, Brandon Reinholz, and Andrew McDonald.
There were two fights during game three, both of which took place in the second period. Connor Wright vs Luc Gerdes and Jesse Kessler vs Elliot Tisdale, a native of Mars Pa.
Johnstown was 2 for 9 on the power play and Jamestown was 0 for 3.
Johnstown's luck vs Jamestown ended when the Tomahawks' couldn't find a way to get a goal past Mimmack, while Brennan gave up the only goal at the 8:11 mark of the third period. It was scored by Nicholas Sierra assisted by Tyler Dunagan and Dylan Zink.
There wasn't any fights in this game but Boyd got a delay of game penalty along with, soon to be Tomahawks' player, Mitch Hall.
Johnstown was 0 for 3 on the power play and Jamestown was 0 for 4
The Jamestown Ironmen come into the game with a record of 33-15-4, good for 3rd place in the North Division. Johnstown has a record of 23-19-12, good for 4th place in the North Division. Though Jamestown is only one spot ahead of Johnstown, Johnstown trails the Ironmen by 12 points in the division, and have played two more games than the Ironmen.
At home Johnstown is 12-10-6 and away Jamestown is 15-9-2.
Power Play: 19.1% good for 3rd in the league.
Penalty Kill: 84.4% good for 14th in the league.
Power Play: 16.5% good for 10th in the league.
Penalty Kill: 81.4% good for 19th in the league.
Top Scorers vs the Ironmen:
Top Scorers vs the Tomahawks:
Goalie Stats for Johnstown:
***I didn't do goalie stats for Jamestown since Johnstown will be facing a new goaltender since both goalies they've played against are no longer on the Ironmen's roster.
TheTomablog's Key to the Game:
North Division Standings:
North Division Match-ups:
Springfield at Michigan
Janesville at Soo
Port Huron vs Kalamazoo (only game this weekend for both teams)
Springfield vs Michigan
Janesville vs Soo
Links to Checkout:
---On Tuesday we wrote an article called "Last Homestand for 7 Tomahawks' Players" and in that article we told you about Casey Nelson making his college commitment to Minnesota State University, Mankato. Yesterday the NAHL/Johnstown Tomahawks sent our their official press release about the commitment, which you can read here.
---Not too sure when this took place, but sometime recently, a couple Tomahawks' players visited Portage High School to present the SADD club a check for manning the 50/50 table one game this season. Read the article here.
---With this being the last two games of the season for the Tomahawks, this weekend is Fan Appreciation Weekend. This is the team's press release telling you all about it. (here)
---We ran a Twitter contest where we would give away two free tickets if we gained 250 followers before this weekend's games. Unfortunately we didn't reach our goal, but to thank those who have followed us on twitter so far, we drew a random person to win one ticket, in the location of their choice. That winner was @VanHaley ,and this is what was tweeted:
Thanks to @thetomablog for a free ticket to one of the last home games this weekend! #GoHawksGo
— Haley (@VanHaley_) March 6, 2013
Hopefully we can hold some more contests like this one in the future.
---Tickets are still available but looking at Ticketmaster they're going pretty quick (Saturday looks like a for sure sellout). So if you don't have your tickets yet, make sure you get them. You can follow this link to Ticketmaster or you can go down to the Cambria War Memorial Arena's box office.
We'll have a new post on either Friday night or sometime Saturday that wraps up the action from the first game this weekend, and we hope you'll stop by to check it out. Until then...
LET'S GO 'HAWKS!!!