The Johnstown Tomahawks played their first full 60-minute game as a team and in return got their first win of the season, 3-0. Colin DeAugustine was perfect in net for Johnstown as he posted the shutout.
Johnstown's record now stands at 1-3-1 good for second place. Of course Johnstown will move out of the temporary second place spot once the other teams in the division play their games later today, unless everyone below them doesn't pick up at least one point.
The Tomahawks' first goal of the game, and what would be the game winner, came off the stick of Brandon Reinholz. The goal is Reinholz's third goal of the season. The assist went to Joe Drabin.
Johnstown would go up by two when defenseman Alex Jaeckle joined the rush and was able to beat Aberdeen netminder, Chad Chatt. The assists on the play went to Cody Gylling and Cody Bentzel.
In the third period the Tomahawks took a few penalties and it looked like they might be in trouble, but for the first time this season their penalty killing was able to get the job done. In total Johnstown was penalized four times and was able to kill off all four Aberdeen power players. On the reverse side, Johnstown went 0 for 5 on their power play opportunities.
The Tomahawks would score one more goal as Aberdeen pulled their netminder for the extra attacker. Taking a shot from just over the center ice red line, Cody Gylling was able to seal the deal and give Johnstown their first win of the season.
Colin DeAugustine didn't face a ton of quality shots, but when he had to make a save he made all of them, turning away all 17 in the win.
Last season the Tomahawks had a total of two shutouts. With the win DeAugustine's record improves to 1-1-1.
Johnstown outshot Aberdeen 27-17.
Johnstown - Brandon Reinholz (Joe Drabin) 4:18
Johnstown - Alex Jaeckle (Cody Bentzel, Cody Gylling) 12:11
Johnstown - Cody Gylling (empty net) (unassisted) 19:30
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Three Stars of The Game
3- Cody Gylling- After going scoreless in his first three games of the season, Gylling was able to get a goal and an assists, and was a +2 in today's contest.
2- Brandon Reinholz- Scored the first goal which became the game winning goal. He now has four points in five games.
1- Colin DeAugustine- He helps the Tomahawks record their first win of the 2013-2014 season and does it by recording his first NAHL shutout.
This was the first game all season that the team played hard and smart for all 60 minutes. The team defense was great and they kept Aberdeen on their heels all game long.
Now that the first win is out of the way, the team should feel more at ease and begin to play the way we know they can.
Johnstown will face the Bismarck Bobcats tomorrow at 10:30am (our time). It's the last game for the Tomahawks' in the NAHL Showcase.
Next weekend they'll visit the Soo Eagles and play three games before returning home.
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