Round one of the NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs come to this, a final deciding game three. The winner will head to Soo next weekend, and the loser will just go home. No matter the outcome of today's game, history will be made.
In their first season, the Tomahawks have made it to the playoffs, and got the team's first ever playoff win in franchise history this past Friday night. This after noon, the Tomahawks will look to win it's first ever playoff series. On the other side of things, if they lose it'll be the team's first ever playoff series loss.
Game time today is at 3pm but the gates at the War Memorial are opening up very early, 12:30pm.
The Tomahawks during the regular season had a total of eight sellouts, but didn't win once during those sellouts. Any "cup is half full" type of person would say that the team was just waiting to win when it really mattered. Well that time is now.
Cody Bentzel got hurt in Game 2, and might not play today.
Cody Boyd should be back in today's line up after having to sit out the first two games due to league suspension.
Truehl has a save percentage, this playoffs, of .966. He should get the start again today. On the other side, Port Huron's Max Milosek has a save percentage of .957 and should also get the start today in net.
Rick DeRosa leads Port Huron in scoring with two points (goal and an assist). While Cobi Smith-Mass, Jeff Bergh, Connor Wright, and Brandon Reinholz are tied for the team lead with one point each.
As we've said before, today's game should be a sellout or very close to a sellout. In Game 1, Port Huron had an attendance of 404. In Game 2 they had an attendance of 470. So if you don't have a ticket yet, get one, and show Port Huron what it's like to play in a full building.
Well, If the Tomahawks find a way to win today, they'll be guaranteed to host at least one more playoff game at home. If they lose, we'll have to wait until next year to see a game.
Everybody in Johnstown hopes the Tomahawks win, of course, but if they don't, still try to enjoy the game as a fan. This could be your last chance to see several players in a Tomahawks' uniform. Chris Truehl, Ian Spencer, and Casey Nelson will be headed to play college hockey next season. Mitch Kontny, Jeff Bergh, Connor Wright, and Cobi Smith-Mass will be "over age" to play next season. You can read about those players in a blog post we did earlier this season here.
The first two games in this round have been shutouts, so you can except another low scoring game today. Then again, the crowd might factor in for the Tomahawks giving them an added bounce in their step.
Here at TheTomablog, when the game is over, there will be two possible scenarios. 1. The Tomahawks win and we post a blog about how great the team did and how we can't wait to play Soo. 2. We lost in heart breaking fashion and for the next week or so we're on suicide watch. Just kidding of course, but as die hard fan's of any team, when you're team loses it can be hard. So let's just push those sad thought away and hope the guys get the job done and move on to the second round. This team is too go to lose this early.
GIF of the Day:
If you wonder what the Tomahawks will be doing in their locker room right before the opening face off, just look at the above GIF. As they sit at their lockers, they'll look at each other, and know exactly what they need to do to win.
Kalamazoo swept Springfield to advance to the next round. Kalamazoo will play Jamestown next weekend.
Let's Go Hawks!