Yesterday afternoon the Johnstown Tomahawks needed just one point to qualify for the NAHL Roberson Cup Playoffs, but instead got two in the 3-2 regulation win against the Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings. The Tomahawks record vs Kalamazoo now this season is 5-0-2.
Ed Sheets of the Johnstown Tomahawks has the team official game review here.
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Mike Mastovich has today's Tribune Democrat article about the Johnstown Tomahawks clinching a playoff spot, with some great quotes, here.
Not only did the Tomahawks win last night, which is great news, but it also was the return of Tomahawks' forward Jaycob McCombs. McCombs hadn't seen action since January 19th, due to injury. Yesterday, he was finally back in the lineup and got an assist on the Tomahawks second goal of the night.
1st Period Scoring:
Kalamazoo: Patrick Spellacy assisted by Taylor Burden and Mike Fazio (power play) 12:48
2nd Period Scoring:
Johnstown: Ian Spencer assisted by Andrew McDonald and Cody Gylling (power play) 8:07
Note: At the end of the second period, Kalamazoo's Brett Beauvais received a five minute major for head contact and a game misconduct.
3rd Period Scoring:
Kalamazoo: Robbie Payne assisted by Taylor Burden and Mark Esshaki 2:14
Johnstown: Jeff Bergh assisted by Jaycob McCombs and Jake Fairchild 7:04
Johnstown: Brandon Reinholz assisted by Jake Fairchild 18:48
Note: At 9:02 of the third period, Kalamazoo's, Brendan Vetter, received two minutes for roughing, five minutes for checking from behind, and a game misconduct. Johnstown's JB Baker received, four minutes for roughing on the play as well.
In goal for Johnstown was Chris Truehl as he made 30 saves on 32 shots. In net for Kalamazoo was Marcus Due-Boje as he made 32 saves on 35 shots.
With the win, Truehl now has a record of 15-10-6 with a GAA of 2.47 and a save percentage of .919.
With the loss, Due-Boje now has a record of 13-6-2 with a GAA of 2.25 and a save percentage of .936.
Johnstown went 1 for 6 on the power play. Kalamazoo went 1 for 5.
Three Stars of the Game:
3- Kalamazoo- Taylor Burden- had an assist on both Kalamazoo's goals.
2- Johnstown- Jake Fairchild- Had back to back assists on Johnstown's second and third goals. This was the first time all season where Fairchild had a two point game.
1- Johnstown- Brandon Reinholz- Scored the game winning goal with less than two minutes to play. It's his third game winning goal this season.
Action Around the North Division:
Johnstown clinched a playoff spot with the win yesterday but the order in which teams will finish are still up for grabs.
Jamestown 6 F Boxscore
Soo 5 F Boxscore
Port Huron 4
Janesville 3 F/SO Boxscore
Johnstown vs Kalamazoo is the only action in the North Division today.
North Division Standings:
Springfield and Janesville are battling for the last playoff spot in the division. Johnstown wants to finish in fourth place so they can have home ice advantage in the play-in round. Looks like it's going to come down to the last game of the season. Hopefully Johnstown can get the job done.
Remember, Johnstown is back in action today vs the Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings at 2pm.