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Game Preview: Johnstown vs. Topeka 9/18/2014

Game Preview

Johnstown vs. Topeka

Regular Season Game #3     NAHL Showcase Game #2

              The Tomahawks play the Topeka Roadrunners in their second game of the 2014 NAHL Showcase. The team will look to pick up their second-straight win, after defeating Aberdeen 3-2 last night. The Tomahawks and Roadrunners met last season, with Topeka winning 6-5 in a shootout.

Last Night

The Tomahawks earned their first win of the season last night, holding on to defeat the Wings  3-2 last night. Jake Gwillim earned his first win in his Tomahawks debut, stopping 24 of 26 shots.

Andrew Romano got the Tomahawks on the board, deflecting a shot from Steve Quagliata at 5:37. Alex Jaeckle extended the lead at 4:35 of the second period, firing a shot through traffic and off the crossbar. Tanner Barnes added the assist, giving him three points in two games.

Zach Zech extended the Tomahawks lead in the third period, scoring on a wide-open shot at 11:58.

The Wings scored a pair of goals to cut the deficit to one, but Gwillim and the           Tomahawks defense stood tall to pick up their first win.

Following today’s game, the Tomahawks take on Austin on Friday afternoon. Face-off is set for 5:30 p.m. from the Schwan Super Rink.

The Roadrunners

The Roadrunners earned their third-straight win on Wednesday night, defeating        Keystone 3-2 in a shootout.

The Roadrunners took a 2-0 lead, thanks to goals from  Dawson DiPietro and Beau Dommer. Keystone came back to tie the game, with goals coming from Garrett Hallford and Scott Donahue.

The teams went scoreless in overtime, taking them to the shootout. After 11 scoreless rounds, the Roadrunners picked up the win and the extra point, as Will Scherer scored.

The Tomahawks take on the Michigan Warriors Friday evening at 6:00 p.m.

Facts & Notes

· The Tomahawks won their first NAHL Showcase opening game last night,  after losing the showcase opener the past two years.

· Johnstown has gone 2-for-4 on the power play in their first two games this season.

· Topeka was tied for third with 52 power-play goals last season. They were second in the league with 302 power-play opportunities.

· Roadrunners defenseman Jake Kamrass led the team with 35 assists last season.

· The is one of two games the Tomahawks will play against the South Division this season. The Tomahawks conclude their South Division games Saturday afternoon against Odessa.