April 3, 2014

Johnstown vs. Port Huron Round 1, Game One and Two Game Preview

The Tomahawks begins their hunt for the Robertson Cup Championship tonight as they take on Port Huron in game one of the North Division semi-finals.

Port Huron is ranked in the first seed, and Johnstown is in the fourth.

These two teams are no strangers to each other, having met last year in the playoffs and 12 times during this year's regular season. Johnstown dropped their first ever playoff series last season, two games to one.

This year the Tomahawks and Port Huron have been pretty evenly vs. each other as Johnstown posted a record of 6-5-1 this season vs. the Fighting Falcons.

If Johnstown can earn a split in Port Huron that'll put them in a good position coming back home to the War Memorial Arena. Can the Tomahawks take both games in Port Huron? Yes, but it's going to take a team effort and a full 60-minutes.

That's exactly what head coach Jason Spence has been preaching to his team about this first best-of-five series. Today in the Tribune Democrat the Tomahawks' talked about what they expect to do in Port Huron and how they'll find success. You can read that article by Mike Mastovich here.

Alex Okicki will be a game time decision as he is still listed by the team as day-to-day with his lower body injury.

WJAC-TV had a report on the Tomahawks before they headed to Port Huron, and the players know that if they play Johnstown Tomahawks' hockey they'll find good results in Port Huron tonight and tomorrow.

Here you can find the video of that report and the article attached, as well.

Previous games vs. Port Huron this season:

 PAST RESULTS                              
     09/14/13    Port Huron 3 at Johnstown 1    
     09/15/13    Port Huron 5 at Johnstown 1    
     11/02/13    Port Huron 4 at Johnstown 1    
     11/03/13    Port Huron 3 at Johnstown 4 OT
     11/22/13    Port Huron 3 at Johnstown 4    
     11/23/13    Port Huron 2 at Johnstown 3 SO
     12/13/13    Johnstown 3 at Port Huron 5    
     12/14/13    Johnstown 3 at Port Huron 1    
     01/17/14    Johnstown 4 at Port Huron 2    
     01/18/14    Johnstown 0 at Port Huron 5    
     01/31/14    Johnstown 2 at Port Huron 3 OT
     02/01/14    Johnstown 4 at Port Huron 2

Mitch Hall led the Tomahawks this season vs. the Fighting Falcons scoring nine points (1 goal, 8 assists).

Alex Okicki has played eight games this season vs. Port Huron posting a record of 4-3-0 and a save percentage of .902.  Brett Young played one game vs. Port Huron and posted a save percentage of .894 in the loss.

For Port Huron Zach Badalamenti led his team in scoring against the Tomahawks, posting 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists).

Max Milosek has played eight games vs. Johnstown this season posting a record of 5-1-1 and a save percentage of .934. Alex Blankenburg played four games and had a record of 1-3-0 with a save percentage of .915.

Last year the Tomahawks dropped game one of the playoffs in Port Huron by the score of 3-0. Port Huron had goals by Ryan Nick, Mitch Maloney, and Rick DeRosa. All three players are not on Port Huron's roster this year.

Game two saw Johnstown tie the series up to force a final third game. Johnstown won 2-0 and had goals from Jeff Bergh, and Cobi Smith-Mass.

The third game, which took place in Johnstown, had the Tomahawks leading 3-1 in the 3rd period, only to give up two goals that sent the game into overtime.

3:28 into the first overtime period, Port Huron's Ian Miller scored a wrap-around goal on Chris Truehl to give the Fighting Falcons the win, and knocked the Tomahawks out of the 2013 Robertson Cup playoffs.

In the game for Johnstown, Brandon Reinholz, Cody Gylling, and Mitch Konoty scored goals.

Port Huron had goals from Mitch Maloney, Rick DeRosa, Brett DAndrea, and Ian Miller.

Max Milosek played all three games vs. Johnstown last season.

The Johnstown Tomahawks have the official game one preview that you can read here.

You can get live updates from tonight and Friday night's game from the Tomahawks' official social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook.

You can get live stats from NAHL.com

You can also watch the game live on fasthockey.com

The Tomahawks will provide their own play-by-play for the game on their fasthockey.com webcast. When you order, the game make sure to select the "away" feed.

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