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Warriors Defeat Tomahawks in Shootout - Junior Hockey News

Published: Saturday, 5 Jan 2013
By: Michael Gosnell

The Tomahawks were looking to rebound from their heartbreaking loss to the Michigan Warriors, Friday.

However, Trevor Gorsuch had different ideas.

Gorsuch stopped 34 of 38 Johnstown shots and saved a Zach Wallace shootout attempt to preserve the victory for the Warriors, which is their fourth straight win.

Johnstown and Michigan failed to solve each other's goalies in the first period. Collin Brennan made eight saves and Gorsuch stopped 10 shots.

Johnstown's Andrew McDonald would break the scoreless tie in the second period. Jake Fairchild would spring McDonald on a breakaway and McDonald buried a shot past Gorsuch.

The Tomahawks would hold onto the lead until late in the period.

With Jesse Kessler in the penalty box for tripping, Michigan cashed in on the opportunity.

Jake Hopfner found the back of the net with 20 seconds left to play to bring the game to one goal apiece.

The goal was Hopfner's first in 14 games as well as his first point in the same amount of games.

The one goal tie would last both the third period and overtime and the Tomahawks and Warriors would head to a shootout.

Michigan would receive goals from Zack Szajner, Corey Schueneman and AJ Marcinek in the shootout. Johnstown would get goals from Jordan Watt and Mitch Kontny.

Despite the loss, Johnstown is one point behind Kalamazoo for third place. The Jr. K-Wings fell to the Soo Eagles earlier in the day.

The Warriors and Tomahawks are back in action Sunday afternoon. Johnstown and Michigan are the only teams from the North Division playing Sunday.


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