January 12, 2014

Johnstown Ends Weekend Empty-handed


It was not a good weekend for the Johnstown Tomahawks has they lost both games vs. the Springfield Jr Blues. There wasn't many bright spots except for a few, which we'll take a look at in a moment.

This weekend saw a couple new faces in the lineup but to the hardcore Johnstown fans their names are very familiar. Tristan Ramage joined the team this weekend on the blueline, and up front at forward, 2013 NAHL first round draft pic, Casey Linkenheld dressed for the team on Saturday night.

Game 1- Springfield 5-4 F (Boxscore, Official Team Press Release)
Game 2- Springfield 4-2 F (Boxscore, Official Team Press Release)

Johnstown is now 5-5 in their last ten games and only 1-4 in their last five. Things don't get any easier as they will face the Port Huron Fighting Falcons next weekend.

Sure, the team is battling some injuries right now and are in the middle of a very long road trip, but you can't make excuses for the recent losses. There's nothing the team can do now except work hard this week and step up their game in Port Huron.

The good from this weekend:

---Newcomer Tanner Barnes had two points in two games for the Tomahawks, scoring an assists on Friday night, and a goal on Saturday night. He was also a plus one.

---Shane Bednard continues his hot play, adding a goal and four assists this weekend to give him 32 points now on the season.

---Matt Meier had a goal and three assists this weekend bring his point total to 27 on the season thus far.

---Tristan Ramage was an even this weekend and had two penalty minutes in his first action with the Tomahawks.

The Bad:

---Alex Okicki started both games this weekend but was unable to finish either game. He was pulled after two periods on Saturday night. He got the loss in that game. He was pulled also pulled in Friday's game only after playing 26:18, and making 15 stops on 18 shots. Moore would get the loss after the team tied the game only to give up the lead later in the third period.

---Special teams. Johnstown went 1 for 8 on the power play while Springfield were 4 for 14. (three of those goals coming on Friday night).

---On Friday night the Tomahawks were outshot in the third period 15-1. (Though their only shot on net tied the game at 4, via Dakota Menslage shot.)

Final Thoughts:

All teams go in a funk at least once a season. The good teams find a way to get out of it and back on the winning track. The Tomahawks will see what they're made off this upcoming weekend. We expect to see a very hungry Tomahawks' team in Port Huron. Except for two more games against the Wenatchee Wild, the rest of the game this season the Tomahawks will play in are division games, so getting back on the winning track is a must.

Though Okicki seemed to be out of it this weekend, he's proven to be a good goaltender in this league and we feel he'll be fine.

It'll be interesting as well to see what Linkenheld does as he is a player that the Tomahawks picked first overall this past off-season and had very high hopes for. He could add an extra scoring punch to this roster.

P.S. We're adding Omar Mullan to the Alumni Stat updates. You can see those updated stats from this weekend here . So far it looks as if the trade has worked out for both teams.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Tomahawks looked very weak defensively this weekend. Sprigfield's forwards were given way too much space in the Tomahawks zone. Any idea how serious the Jaeckle and Cuckovich injuries are? Looks like they were really missed.

Jon Kohan said...

I looked into the injuries and have a couple updates on that which I'll provide in this weeks "Weekend Preview". So make sure to check that out this Thursday!