September 13, 2013

Port Huron vs. Johnstown (Game 1 and 2 Preview) and JB Baker Traded


Game 1: September 14, 2013 at 7:30pm
Game 2: September 15, 2013 at 3:00pm
Cambria County War Memorial Arena
Port Huron Fighting Falcons vs. Johnstown Tomahawks
September 14- Opening Night---Second Annual HockeyFest (5pm-7pm in front of Arena)---Bill Guerin puck drop---Opening Ceremonies. The Tomahawks' will also wear their new 3rd jersey.
Mitch Hall (

The new jersey is on sale now. There's also a possibility of a 4th jersey on it way.
September 15- Kids Day/Skate with the Players: This afternoon game, presented by J.A.H.A., will feature fun activities designed especially for our younger fans, including a chance to meet and skate with the Tomahawks players for the first time following the game.

How To Watch:

Of course the best way to take the game in is to be at the War Memorial in person, but for some people that just won't be possible. Luckily you can still see the game LIVE at Sign up is free but it does run $7 a game.


JB Baker Traded:

Before we get too deep in our weekend preview, we'd like to mention that JB Baker has been traded to the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. Baker played in 58 games for the Tomahawks last season where he scored 9 goals, assisted on 10 others, good for 19 points.

The move was made so that Cody Gylling could be added to the roster.

We will be watching how JB does down in Rio Grande, and wish him the best of luck.

We will add him to our Alumni page and keep track of his stats for this season.



Last year the Tomahawks had trouble beating the Fighting Falcons and they saw their playoff hopes die at the hands of the Fighting Falcons as well.

In a trend that seemed popular last season, the Tomahawks had a two goal lead in the deciding game of the best-of-three first round series. Just like many times before last season, the team's defense imploded and the offense couldn't get another goal, included an empty net goal that would have guaranteed victory.

The game headed to overtime, where Port Huron's Ian Miller beat Chris Truehl on a wrap around shot, ending the Tomahawks' season.

Luckily this year, Ian Miller has gone to college, and the Tomahawks are determined to learn from last year's mistakes.

Articles from Last Year:

We started this blog back in February (2013) so the earlier match ups (of course) we don't have our own information on. Here are some of our blog posts you can check out to learn more about this rivalry, going into the playoffs and the first round games.

Our playoff preview vs. Port Huron from last year. (it's the second part of the article).

Before last years' playoffs got underway the team colored their hair.

Playoff Game 1 Preview

Playoff Game 1 Review

Playoff Game 2 Review

Playoff Game 3 Preview

Final Game 3 Thoughts

Okay, let's get back to this season and this weekend's home opener.

Not Returning for Port Huron:

Ryan Nick
Mick Bruce- Overage
David Parrottino
Easton Powers- Overage
Brett DAndrea
Dunk Abbott- Coulee Region
Tyler Spezia
Dan Dupell- Overage
Kyle Plageman
Ian Miller- Overage
Matthew Uvodich- Overage
Rick DeRosa- Overage
Payden Mielke- Overage
Tommy Abrams

Last season Port Huron finished 4th in the North division with a record of 32-24-4. That was good for 68 points.

2013-2014 Port Huron Fighting Falcons Roster
Click to enlarge

Not Returning for Johnstown:

JB Baker- Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees
Colin Brennan- Soo Eagles
Ian Spencer
Cody Boyd
Casey Nelson- Overage
Cobi Smith-Mass- Overage
Matt Williams- Overage
Andrew McDonald
Connor Wright- Overage
Mike Sandor- Overage
Corey Schafer
Jeff Bergh- Overage
Jake Fairchild- Michigan Warriors
Mitch Kontny- Overage
Chris Truehl- Overage

You can keep a track of all these players and more over on our Alumni/Where are They Now Page.

Last season the Tomahawks' finished 5th in the North division with a record of 27-21-12. This was good for 66 points.

Johnstown Tomahawks 2013-2014 Roster

Click roster to enlarge

Out of Town Scoreboard:

There are a few other teams playing this weekend but the Tomahawks vs. the Fight Falcons are the only North Division match up. The rest of the division starts the season next week at the 2013 NAHL Showcase Tournament.

Final Thoughts:

Last year was an exciting season because it was the first time in two years that Johnstown had a team to call their own.

The excitement is even bigger this year because the front office and coaching staff have put together a really good group of players, learning from last years mistakes. On top of that, we've learned last year what kind of quality people work behind the scenes for the team, and we know they'll be working their magic again this year to make the experience for the fans even more enjoyable.

Remember, we'll have an in depth game review after Saturday night's game. We'll then have another game review after Sunday's afternoon game.

Then on Monday head over to to read our Weekend Review report.

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Anonymous said...

What did the Tomahawks recieve for Baker? A future player or possibly a tender?

Jon Kohan said...

It hasn't been stated what we got in return, but with I could guess it was for a draft pick since we are at our roster limit right now. If I hear anything I'll make sure to update the information.