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Game Preview: Tomahawks vs. Michigan Warriors - Junior Hockey News

Published: Saturday, 5 Jan 2013
By: Michael Gosnell

Thanks to some computer issues, I was not able to bring you my weekly Tomahawks Weekend Preview. Luckily, I have obtained another computer to preview tonight's contest with the Michigan Warriors.

The Johnstown Tomahawks will look to snap a two game losing streak tonight against the Michigan Warriors.

Last night, Michigan used a short-handed goal from AJ Marcinek and an empty-net goal from team captain Martin Gruse to put away the Tomahawks and extend their winning streak in front of 4, 014 fans at Perani Arena.

Goals would not be scored until the second period when Johnstown's Brandon Reinholz solved Warriors goalie Trevor Gorsuch just over two minutes into the period.

Michigan would even the score minutes later. Shawn Badali beat Chris Truehl. Connor Lyons and Ryan Dougherty were credited with the assists on the goal.

Mitch Kontny added his 15th goal of the season at the 9:44 mark of the third period, but Sean Campbell tied the game at 12:10.

With Brock Labelle in the penalty box for tripping, Johnstown was on its fifth power play opportunity, but was unsuccessful and let up the game winning goal to Marcinek.

Jaycob McCombs and JB Baker added two assists each for the Tomahawks. Dougherty earned two assists and Lyons and Jon Farkas each had one assist.

Despite the loss, the Tomahawks are still two points behind third-place Kalamazoo.

In order to win tonight, Johnstown will need to capitalize on the power play. The Tomahawks are 1-18 on the power play, which is uncharacteristic for Jason Spence's squad.

Michigan has been on a roll as of late and are looking to make a run towards a playoff spot. While that may be a long shot, Moe Mantha's Warriors are also looking to play spoiler and give teams a challenge when they play against them.


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