October 4, 2013

Johnstown Tomahawks vs. the Springfield Jr Blues Weekend Preview

After a few weeks of being road warriors, the Tomahawks are finally back in Johnstown this weekend to take on north division rivals, the Springfield Jr Blues.

Johnstown started off the season weak and had many problems they had to solve. Luckily they've worked hard in turning things around, which has given them a record of 4-4-1.

Springfield finished last season in sixth place, four wins below .500. So far this year they've been a quality team and have a record of 4-2-0 coming into this weekend.

With Springfield currently in 3rd place, and only one point behind Johnstown, this weekend see some exciting hockey being played at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.

On Sunday the Tomahawks' are hosting the 2nd Annual Pucks N' Paws night. From johnstowntomahawks.com:
 
We’re bringing back a fan favorite from last season! We’re celebrating our furry friends by inviting you to bring your dog to the game to benefit the Johnstown Police Department K9 Corps. Each dog attending the game will receive a special Tomahawks dog bandana

Current Standings:
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Team Scoring Leaders:

Springfield
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Johnstown
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Goaltenders:

Springfield
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Johnstown
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Special Teams:

Power Play
Springfield  18.2 (8th)
Johnstown 11.1% (17th)

Penalty Kill
Springfield  95.8% (3rd)
Johnstown  77.6 (20th)

Roster Move:

Earlier in the week the Johnstown Tomahawks' traded Griffin Leach to the Corpus Chirsti IceRays. The team hasn't released any information on this trade and we except that Johnstown in return for Leach either got cash or a draft pick. When we get more information we'll of course pass it along.

Leach played in two games for Johnstown and didn't register any points or penalty minutes.

Port Huron released big defenseman Bobby Brown and the only reason we mention this is because we've liked the way Brown plays and would like to see him in a Tomahawks' jersey. Is that going to happen? Probably not, but we can always wish.

Weekend Schedule:

Friday

Port Huron
Soo

Michigan
Janesville

Saturday

Port Huron
Soo

Springfield
Johnstown

Michigan
Janesville

Sunday

Springfield
Johnstown

Alex Okicki North division player of the week:

From Nahl.com:

Returning from an injury that kept him out of the NAHL Showcase, Johnstown goaltender Alex Okicki, 20, played a role in all three games this past weekend as the Tomahawks traveled to Soo to take on the Eagles. In the two Tomahawks wins on Saturday and Sunday, Okicki started a won both games, which included his first shutout of the season on Sunday. Okicki made a relief appearance on Friday after Soo had taken a 3-0 lead. Okicki stopped 28 of 30 shots the rest of the game. The next night, the Concord, Ohio native made 26 saves in a 3-2 shootout win in which he stopped all seven Eagles shooters.  On Sunday, he made 28 saves in a 2-0 shutout. For the weekend, Okicki (6’1/175) stopped 82 of 86 shots (95.3%) and had a goals against average of 1.37. “Alex is such a great leader and it was important for him to play well coming off the injury,” said Tomahawks head coach Jason Spence. “I saw it first-hand last year playing against him. He never gives up on a play and he works very hard. Has been a good mentor to our other goalies.”
 
2nd Star: Bryce VanHorn, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sandro Aeschlimann, goaltender, Springfield Jr. Blues – Alex Archibald, defenseman, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Michael Caruso, defenseman, Soo Eagles – Pat Curry, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues – Brad Pung, forward, Soo Eagles – Jordan Watt, forward, Johnstown Tomahawks.

1 comment:

Chris said...

Congrats to Alex O'kici for being named North #1 Star!

Good luck this weekend boys!