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Game Preview: Johnstown @ Port Huron 4/3/2014

Johnstown at Port Huron
Game One, Division Semi-Finals
Thursday April 3rd
7 p.m. EST

The Series
            Tonight, the Tomahawks and Fighting Falcons begin the first round of the Robertson Cup playoffs in Port Huron. The teams split their 12 meetings this season, with each team going 3-3 at home. The teams are meeting tonight for the first time since February 1, when the Tomahawks closed out the regular season series with a 4-2 win.
Mitch Hall leads the Tomahawks with nine points (1G-8A) against the Fighting Falcons this season, while Shane Bednard has scored five goals against them. Zach Badalamenti leads Port Huron with 11 points (4G-7A).
            Johnstown and Port Huron are meeting in the postseason for the second-straight season, as the teams battled in a best-of-three first round matchup last season. The Fighting Falcons took the series two games to one, advancing with an overtime win in game three at the Cambria County War Memorial. The Tomahawks will be looking to return the favor this season, while looking to advance to the division finals for the first time in team history.
Division Update
            In the other North division playoff matchup, the second place Michigan Warriors begin their series against the third place Janesville Jets tomorrow night in Flint, Mich. The Jets claimed the
season series, taking six of the eight meetings this season. The winner will advance to take on the Johnstown/Port Huron winner in the North division final.
Key Stats

  • The Tomahawks and Fighting Falcons each recorded an overtime win in the season series. The Tomahawks were 1-2 in overtime this season, while the Fighting Falcons are 3-3.
  • Brandon Reinholz led all current Tomahawks in the 2013 postseason with two points (1G-1A).
  • Port Huron led the division this season with a 21-6-3 home record.
  • Mitch Hall and Shane Bednard each have eight points (1G-7A)
  • Five current Tomahawks (Reinholz, M. Hall, Bentzel, Watt, and Wallace) played for the Tomahawks in the postseason last year.
  • Port Huron goaltender Max Milosek is 4-1-0 in his last five games.
  • Shane Bednard and Mitch Hall each had 23 points in road games this season. Jordan Watt led the team with 11 goals in road games, while Hall held the team lead in road assists with 20.