Three Goal Third Period Life 'Hawks over Warriors - Junior Hockey News
Published: Sunday, 20 Jan 2013
By: Michael Gosnell
Saturday night, the Johnstown Tomahawks honored over seventy years of hockey in Johnstown.
In front of 3,304 fans, the Tomahawks used a three goal outburst in the third period to defeat the Michigan Warriors 3-2 and earn a much needed two points.
"We get to take that period into this week," Tomahawks head coach Jason Spence siad. "There were some guys that were frustrated after last night. They all know they worked real hard and didn't get rewarded. Tonight, we got that reward."
Johnstown and Michigan skate to a scorless first period, but Michigan controlled most of the time in the attacking zone because of Johnstown penalties.
Early in the second period, Connor Lyons scored off a Michigan face-off win to put the Warriors up 1-0.
Later, Zack Szajner was hauled down on a breakaway and the Warriors were given the option of a penalty or a penalty shot.
Moe Mantha chose the latter but Szajner was stopped by Tomahawks goalie Chris Truehl. The save, Spence said, provided a spark for his hockey club.
"He had a heck of a game," Spence said. "He really got test and he played really well."
Down 1-0 going into the third period, Spence tried to motivate his guys and said only this.
"I was a little upset," said Spence.
After an AJ Marcinek cross-checking penalty, Cody Gylling, who was positioned in front of the net, beat Trevor Gorsuch and tied the game. Mitch Kontny was credited with the lone assist.
Jaycob McCombs made it 2-1 Tomahawks after his goal a little over two mintues later.
However, Marcinek squeaked a shot past Truehl and tied the game.
McCombs would strike again at the 15:03 mark and the Tomahawks would hold on for the win.
The line of McCombs, Cody Boyd and JB Baker has given Spence production over the past few weeks.
"They have been a huge line for us," Spence said.
Johnstown takes to the road for their next slate of game. They visit Pullar Stadium in Sault Ste. Marie, MI to take on the Eagles.
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