Game Preview: Johnstown @ Michigan 10/11/2014

Game Preview
Johnstown (4-4-0) @ Michigan (3-7-0)
Saturday October 11th 7:00 p.m. EST

The Tomahawks look to sweep the Michigan Warriors tonight, after shutting them out 4-0 on Friday night.

The Series
Tonight’s game is the 24th meeting overall and 13th in Flint between the Tomahawks and Warriors. The Tomahawks are 5-7-1 all-time at Perani Arena, including the the three games played earlier this season. Johnstown and Michigan rarely take the game into extra time, with only four of the 23 previous meetings extending into overtime.

Last Night
Last night, the Tomahawks defeated the Warriors 4-0, improving their record to 4-4-0. Cam Bleck scored a pair of goals for the Tomahawks, while Andrew Romano and Alex Jaeckle each added goals for the Tomahawks. 

Bleck got the Tomahawks on the board, scoring 5:41 into the second period. Jaeckle and Peter Bates earned the assists on the goal. Later in the period, Romano made it 2-0, scoring at 10:05. Casey Linkenheld added the assist on the Romano goal.

In the third period, Jaeckle and Bleck scored to set the final score at 4-0. Casey Linkenheld and Tanner Barnes earned the assists on Jaeckle’s goal, while Josh Bowes and Ryan Bochert got the assists on the second.

Ryan Bednard earned his first shutout win of the season, stopping all 27 shots. Trevor Gorsuch stopped 21 of 35 shots in the loss. The Tomahawks went 2-for-8 on the power-play and a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.

Following this weekend’s game, the Tomahawks open the home schedule against the Keystone Ice Miners Oct. 25.

North Division
Last night, Soo and Springfield also earned wins. Soo won a non-divisional game against the Minnesota Wilderness 7-2, while Springfield defeated Keystone 3-1. Janesville fell in its non-divisional matchup with the Coulee Region Chill. The opponents for the north division teams remain the same tonight. Keystone and Springfield will also meet on Sunday afternoon.
Facts & Notes

  •  Alex Jaeckle has points in five-straight games.
  •  The Tomahawks are 3-1-0 when scoring first this season
  •  Andrew Romano has four points in his last three games.
  •  The Tomahawks are looking for their first Saturday night win of the season
  •  Last night’s loss was Michigan’s second shutout loss of the season. Their first shutout loss came on Sept. 19 against Michigan.