Johnstown has yet to play a great game this season and if they're able to play for a full 60 minutes they might be a tough team to play against. The Tomahawks played a hard first period out shooting the RoadRunners 12-6, and went into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead.
The RoadRunners tied the game at one, a power play goal by Tyler Poulsen. Before the RoadRunners could celebrate tying the game, Shane Bednard put the Tomahawks' back up by one with a great individual effort, taking the puck from the goalie and beating him to the empty net.
After going up 2-1 the Tomahawks' game fell apart. They couldn't build any offensive pressure and the goaltending seemed to not be able to make a save to keep the game close. Topeka would score the next four goals in a row and lead the game, 5-2.
After the fourth goal by the RoadRunners, Jason Spence pulled Brett Young in favor of Colin DeAugustine. DeAugustine allowed the fifth goal before coach Spence called a time out. That time out was a key play for the Tomahawks' as it lit a fire under the team and got them back playing good hockey.
In about three minutes time, the Tomahawks found a way to tie the game up at five. The game tying goal came from Shane Cuckovich, who played forward for today's game instead of his natural defensive position.
In overtime neither team could score and the game went to a shootout. In the shootout the RoadRunners were able to beat DeAugustine all three times, while Johnstown was held scoreless.
In the shootout loss, Johnstown picks up their first point of the season. Their record now stands at 0-3-1.
Topeka outshot Johnstown 34-25 in the game.
Brett Young played the first 41:15 of the game. He stopped 23 of 27 shots. DeAugustine then came into the game and played the rest of the way. He faced 6 shots and made 5 saves.
Thoughts and Notes:
Johnstown played a great first period, a good half of second, and a good half of third period. They showed that they're willing to battle till the end which is a good sign. If they can put together a full 60 minutes they might be able to bring home two points.
Topeka was 1 for 4 on the power play and Johnstown was 1 for 2.
There were no fights in today's game.
Brandon Reinholz had a big night scoring two goals and assisting on another.
Joe Drabin had some big hits, one of which lead to a goal.
Connor Gilmartin was not in the lineup due to a possible injury.
Giffin Leach did not make the trip with the team as we believe is was injured during Sunday's game vs. Port Huron.
The Tomahawks will play Aberdeen tomorrow at 11:30am our time tomorrow. Aberdeen currently has a record of 2-0-0.
Johnstown - Brandon Reinholz (unassisted) 18:44
Topeka - Tyler Poulsen (power play) (Peter Halash) 13:14
Johnstown - Shane Bednard (unassisted) 13:35
Topeka - Tomas Nechala (Mike Gornall) 14:40
Topeka - Tyler Groat (Andrew Roye, James Ring) 18:39
Topeka - Jerad Tafoya (James Ring) 1:15
Topeka - Peter Halash (unassisted) 3:42
Johnstown - Brandon Reinholz (Joe Drabin) 7:50
Johnstown - Jordan Watt (power play) (Shane Bednard, Brandon Reinholz) 9:53
Johnstown - Shane Cuckovich (Trevor Recktenwald) 10:28
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