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Game Preview: Johnstown @ Springfield 1/10/2014

Johnstown at Springfield

Friday January 10th

8:05 p.m. (EST)

The Series
    After meeting four times in Johnstown, the season series between the Tomahawks and Jr. Blues shifts to Springfield for the first of four meetings at the Nelson Center. The Tomahawks have won all four meetings this season, and look to continue that streak this weekend.
    The Tomahawks come into this weekend’s series after dropping two of three against the Soo Eagles last weekend. The Tomahawks earned the 6-0 win in the final game of the weekend, with Alex Okicki earning the shutout win. Mitch Hall also added three points in the win.
    Springfield returns home after splitting a weekend series at Michigan last weekend. The Jr. Blues won 2-1 in the first game, thanks to a Max Kalter goal at 7:18 of the second period. In the second game of the weekend, the Warriors picked up the 2-0 win. Stefanos Lekkas went 1-1-0 in the two games, allowing only three goals.
    The most recent meeting between the teams was November 9, a back and fourth game that the Tomahawks won 6-5. After Springfield jumped out to a 3-1 lead early in the second period, Brandon Reinholz, Garrison Sanipass, Omar Mullan, and Shane Bednard scored five of the next six to give the Tomahawks a 6-4 lead. Springfield pulled within one late in the game, but the Tomahawks held on for the win and the weekend sweep.
    Following this weekend’s games, the Tomahawks travel to Port Huron next Friday and Saturday, before returning home to take on the Michigan Warriors, Jan. 24 and 25.
 

Division Preview
    For the second straight weekend, all six north division teams meet in division match-ups. Janesville travels to Michigan for a pair of games, while Port Huron visits Soo.
 

Key Stats

  • Three of the four meetings between the Tomahawks and Jr. Blues have been one-goal games.
  • Mitch Hall is tied for second in the league among defenseman in points (26) and assists (22)
  • Alex Okicki and Stefanos Lekkas are third and fourth in the league in minutes played by a goaltender.