March 31, 2014

Tomahawks' Drop Both Games In Janesville, But Advance to Playoffs Anyway

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The NAHL 2013-2014 regular season has come to an end. Luckily for the Tomahawks the year is not over yet, as they qualified for the 2014 NAHL playoffs.

It wasn't by winning a game this weekend, as they dropped their last two games of the season vs. the Janesville Jets, 5-3 and 4-1.

The Soo Eagles who were swept by the Tomahawks the weekend before (and gave the Tomahawks the points they needed in the standings) beat Springfield Jr. Blues on Friday night, knocking the Jr. Blues out of the playoffs and gave Johnstown their second playoff birth in their short two season history.

Brett Young played in both games for the Tomahawks as Alex Okicki is still out with a lower body injury. Hopefully, Okicki will be ready to go for the first round of the playoffs, which starts this Thursday in Port Huron.

(Official Playoff Ticket Information Here.)

Though the scores did not go in Johnstown's favor they, for the most part, played two good games. Both games this past weekend saw the Tomahawks even with Janesville until the dying moments. This of course is something the 'Hawks have to work on for the playoffs.

Johnstown finished the season 2-10 in their last twelve games. Now it's a "new" season and a perfect time to put together a nice long winning streak.

On Wednesday, we'll have the Playoff Preview between the Tomahawks' and the Fighting Falcons. We'll take a look at the matchups between the two teams this season, and we'll take a look back at last year's playoff series between the two teams.

Janesville 5-3 F (boxscore, Official Story)
Janesville 4-1 F (boxscore, Official Story)

Season Notes:

---Shane Bednard is the new top scorer for the Johnstown Tomahawks in the regular season posting 51 points (19 goals, 32 assists). Last year Cody Gylling lead the Tomahawks with 45 points (16 goals, 29 assists).

---Alex Okicki set a new single-season wins record, posting 21 wins. Last season, Johnstown's top goalie Chris Truehl posted a team leading 17 wins.

----Last season the Tomahawks' finished the season with a record of 27-21-12 66 points. This year the Tomahawks finished 28-27-5 61 points.

Final Standings:

Final Team Stats:


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