September 26, 2013

Soo Eagles vs. Johnstown Tomahawks Weekend Preview

Photo by: Chelsea Zalewski
The Johnstown Tomahawks are back in action this weekend for a three game series vs. the Soo Eagles. This is the first time the two teams have met this 2013-2014 season. Both roster have changed from last season, and both teams have recently made some additions and subtracktions trying to get their rosters just right.

A big storyline to watch this weekend is if Colin Brennan gets any starts for the Soo Eagles this weekend. Of course Johnstown fans know that Brennan played last season in Johnstown and was in Johnstown's camp this year before being released.

Brennan has seen action in net with the Eagles this season, appearing in two games with a record of 0-1-0-1. He's GAA is currently 2.88 and he has a save percentage of .909.

Ryan Urso who played for the Jamestown Ironmen last year is calling Soo his home this season. In four games so far this year, Urso has three points, and is a plus four.

The Soo Eagles currently are tied for third place in the NAHL North division with Johnstown sitting in the second place spot by only a point. Soo has a record of 1-1-2 and Johnstown holds a record of 2-3-1 in this young season.

Overall, Johnstown has scored 16 goals and has allowed 21. Soo has scored 7 goals and have allowed 11.

On special teams, Johnstown comes into the weekend with the 21st ranked power play in the league. (There's a total of 24 teams in the NAHL.) Johnstown's penalty kill is ranked 20th overall, killing penatlies 75% of the time. That's a number that has been improving over the past few games.

For Soo, they have the 22nd ranked power play and the 17th ranked penalty kill (6.3/84%).

Leading Scorers:

Soo Eagles

Brad PungF413412
Ryan UrsoF4123414
Jacob McDowellF420222
AJ JaroszF411206
Chase MatsonF4101-118

Johnstown Tomahawks

Joe DrabinF6156610
Brandon ReinholzF6325121
Matt MeierF631444
Shane CuckovichD321332
Mitch HallD6033219

Last Season Meetings:

5-4 Soo SO Boxscore
4-1 Soo Boxscore
3-2 Johnstown SO Boxscore
4-0 Soo Boxscore
6-2 Johnstown Boxscore
5-2 Soo Boxscore
5-4 Johnstown SO Boxscore
5-4 Soo Boxscore

Players Not Playing for Soo This Season:

Cody Von Rueden (overage)
Kyle Froese (Corpus Christi)
Michael Lant (overage)
Alex Robert
Pat Gazzillo
Brandon Adams (overage)
JD Cotroneo
Sean Murphy (overage)
Michael Covach (MN Wilderness)
Jared Van Wormer (overage)
Alexander Taulien (overage)
Eric Rivard (overage)
Chris Waterstreet (overage)
Nikita Zagryadskiy
Anthony Saleh
Michael Crowley (Lone Star)
Tyler Marble (overage)

Tomahawks Trade Gylling:

On Tuseday the Johnstown Tomahawks announced that they had traded returning forward Cody Gylling to the Amarillo Bulls for Omar Mullan.

Mullan's stats:
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He helped Amarillo win the Robertson Cup last season. You can read the team's press release here.

To us, Mullan looks like a great addition to the team. He brings scoring but he also brings a lot of toughness.


The Soo Eagles are a different team than they were last season and so are the Johnstown Tomahawks. Johnstown has proven that when they play disciplined hockey they're a hard team to play against. If Johnstown can stay out of the box vs. Soo it'll give them a great chance to win.

Tomahawks will have Omar Mullan in the lineup and also newcomer Ryan McNeely. It'll be fun to see what these two players are able to bring to the Tomahawks lineup.

After this three game series, the Tomahawks will come back home and faceoff against the Springfield Jr. Blues.

North Division Scoreboard:


Port Huron
Michigan 7pm

Soo 7pm

Coulee Reigion
Janesville 7pm CT

Topeka 7:15pm CT


Port Huron 7pm

Soo 7pm

Coulee Region
Janesville 7pm CT

Topeka 7:15pm CT


Soo 3pm


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