When you play solid defense, get good goaltending, and score when given the opportunity you're going to find yourself with two points at the end of the night. That's exactly what happened for the Johnstown Tomahawks as they beat the visiting Springfield Jr. Blues, 3-2.
Omar Mullan played in his first game with the Tomahawks at the War Memorial and scored two of Johnstown's three goals in front of the hometown fans.
Alex Okicki was in net for Johnstown and made a couple big saves late to keep Johnstown in the lead.
The team played a really solid game, keeping things simple.
Springfield came into the game with a record of 4-2, and didn't seem to impressive. Their best player of the night was goaltender Sandro Aeschlimann who stopped 17 of the 20 shots he faced.
Away from the game itself things seemed kind of sloppy tonight at the War Memorial. The opening player intros were done with the lights on, at times the scoreboard wasn't run properly (including the last few seconds where they let the clock run out of time even though the whistle had been blown many seconds before), there was no ice crew during the intermission (so the ice girls had to do double duty), and last but not least, the F-word was played on the PA system, not once, not twice, but three times.
I'm not a prude when it comes to langue, but it just made the team look amateur tonight.
Like I said, the team played well, the War Memorial staff on the other hand, weren't on their A games tonight.
Springfield - Alex Baskakov (power play) (Patrick Curry, Joshua Lammon) 6:22
Johnstown - Collin Finkhouse (Ryan McNeely, Shane Bednard) 7:23
Johnstown - Omar Mullan (Mitch Hall, Shane Cuckovich) 3:38
Johnstown - Omar Mullan (unassisted) 7:09
Springfield - Max Kalter (Davis Dekorte, Patrick Curry) 17:46
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Johnstown went 0 for 2 on the power play and Springfield went 1 for 5.
Springfield outshot Johnstown 22-20
There were no fights in the game. In the third period Omar Mullan offered to drop the gloves with Jack Sloan but Sloan decline the offer.
Okicki picked up the win in tonight games and improves his record on the season to 3-2-0 with a GAA of 2.25 and a save percentage of .920.
Via Johnstown Tomahawks Facebook page, post game interview with Omar Mullan.
The Johnstown Tomahawks made a roster move added a new player to the roster. It hasn't been announced on NAHL.com or by the Johnstown Tomahawks, but he appears in the teams media guide at the game.
Josh Bowes is a 5'8, 150 pound forward from Sturgeon County, AB, CAN. Last season he played in the BCHL for Salmon Arm SilverBacks. In 34 games he had nine points. You can see all his stats here.
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The Tomahawks are back in action tomorrow afternoon at 3pm vs. the Jr. Blues. It's pucks n' paws night were you can bring your dog to the game with you. Last year the Tomahawks welcomed 84 dogs to the game.