April 4, 2013

Game 1- 7:05 vs Port Huron- Tonight

Johnstown Tomahawks (5) vs Port Huron Fighting Falcons (4)
McMorran Arena, Home of the Port Huron Fighting Falcons
It's playoff time, and that raises the level of play in any league, but since this first round is only a best of three, the stakes and raised ten fold. Tonight, the Tomahawks will put everything on the line to win the game because if they don't, it could be all over before it even really starts.

How To Watch the Game:

There's only one way to see the action live, Fasthockey.com. It'll cost you $7.99 and the video quality isn't always the best, but it's the only way to see your Tomahawks on the road, unless you're there in person.

The Johnstown Tomahawks will be giving live game updates via their facebook and twitter accounts.

Getting to 100%:

Update: Cody Boyd will be out two games for his hit last Saturday on Jamestown's Luc Gerdes. Jake Fairchild will also be out of the game tonight as he was given a one game ban for fighting from the bench during Saturday's game. 

Mitch Kontny will be back in the lineup tonight after missing the last game of the season due to a knee injury. Casey Nelson will also be back in the lineup for the Tomahawks. Nelson missed the last couple of weeks due to an injured shoulder that he received during the Tomahawks last home game vs the Jamestown Ironmen.

Tomahawks are still missing the services of Dakoda Menslage and Corey Schafer whom have been out of a few months now.

Game Quote:

“It’s definitely a goal to take the first two games and get into the next round,” said Tomahawks captain Mitch Kontny. “If we do get back home, at least we know we’ll be playing in front of our fans in the deciding game, but we want to take care of business at Port Huron.”

Read today's Tribune Democrat article written by Mike Kovak, here, to see more quotes and get even more ready for tonight's match-up.

Probable Starters:

Johnstown- Chris Truehl

During the regular season, Truehl, posted a record of 17-11-6, with a GAA of 2.33, and a save percentage of .923. The last goalie in Johnstown hockey history that posted a similar record and save percentage during a one regular season was back in the 2005-2006 Johnstown Chiefs season, Morgan Cey, posted a record of 17-9-7, with a GAA of 2.75, and a save percentage of .922.

Port Huron- Max Milosek

During the regular season, Milosek, posted a record of 22-16-1, with a GAA of 2.62, and a save percentage of .917. Milosek has won eight of his last ten starts. The last time the city of Port Huron saw a goalie with a record like Max Milosek was back in the 2009-2010 season when starter, Larry Sterling posted a record of 23-11-1, with a GAA of 2.76, and a save percentage of .912. Also on the roster that season for Port Huron was, current Fighting Falcons head coach, Mike Gershon.

Last Year's Playoffs:

Port Huron:

Last season the Fighting Falcons made it the whole way to the Robertson Cup Final game, where they lost to the Texas Tornado. Last season the Fighting Falcons were coached by Bill Warren.

Players from last years team that are currently on Port Huron's roster:

Name (GP-Goals-Assists-Points)
Ian Miller (11-3-5-8)
Easton Powers (11-2-7-9)
Rick DeRosa (11-1-6-7)
Brent D'Andrea (11-2-3-5)
Alex Archibald (11-1-3-4)
Ryan Nick (1-0-0-0)
Nick Horne (8-1-1-2)
Jonathan Kopacka (did not play a playoff game)
Max Milosek

Division Playoffs- 5-1 GAA 1.54 Save % .941
Cup Tournament- 1-2 GAA 3.34 Save % .885

Alaska Avalanche (aka Johnstown Tomahawks)

Last season, the Avalanche made the playoffs but lost in the first round to the Wenatchee Wild, 3 games to 2.

Players for last years team currently on the playoff roster:

Name (GP-Goals-Assists-Points)
Mitch Kontny- (5-0-1-1)
Jordan Watt- (5-1-0-1)
Connor Wright (5-1-1-2)
Casey Nelson (5-0-0-0)
Jeff Bergh (5-1-1-2)
Cobi Smith Mass (2-0-0-0)
Jesse Kessler (5-0-0-0)

Final Thoughts:

Tomahawks have had their problems this season against the Fighting Falcons, so this series isn't going to be any walk in the park. That being said, if the Tomahawks can play like they've played recently, and not let Port Huron get under their skin, there's no reason why Johnstown can't beat Port Huron.

Game one is  really a must win for both teams, because whoever losses is going to find themselves that quickly facing elimination.

Let's hope the Tomahawks can get the job done.

LET'S GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!


Tonight is also Game 1 between the Springfield Jr. Blues and the Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings

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