Game Preview: Johnstown @ Wenatchee

Johnstown Tomahawks @ Wenatchee Wild

Town Toyota Center          Wenatchee, Wash.

10:05 p.m. (EST)

 

The Series

            The Tomahawks are in Wenatchee, Wash. for the first time this season to take on the Wild tonight & tomorrow night. The final two meetings in Washington will take place next weekend, before the teams meet for the final time in Johnstown in February.

            The Tomahawks and Wild split a weekend series Nov. 15 and 16 at the War Memorial. In the first game, the Tomahawks defeated the Wild 6-4, with Josh Bowes scoring the game-winning goal with five minutes remaining in the third period. Shane Bednard added an empty-net goal with 47 seconds left to set the final at 6-4.

            The Wild split the weekend series with a win on Nov. 16. Wenatchee jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Dakoda Menslage scored the lone Tomahawks goal at 4:44 of the third period. The Wild scored one more in the period to leave Johnstown with the 5-1 win.

The Tomahawks

            Johnstown begins an 8-game road trip this weekend in Wenatchee. The Tomahawks are looking to stretch their winning streak to three games after sweeping the Port Huron Fighting Falcons last weekend at the War Memorial. The Tomahawks defeated the Fighting Falcons 4-3 on Friday night, thanks to third period power-play goals from Mitch Hall & Matt Meier. Brandon Reinholz and Zach Wallace also scored for the Tomahawks in the win.

            The Tomahawks earned the weekend sweep with a 3-2 shootout win on Saturday night. After Port Huron jumped out to a 2-0 lead, Forest Donovan got the Tomahawks on the board with his first goal of the season. Early in the third period, Zach Wallace tied the game. In the shootout, Tyler Basham and Zach Wallace scored for the Tomahawks and Alex Okicki made a diving save to give the Tomahawks the win. Okicki earned the win in both games.

The Tomahawks are in second place in the North Division, six points behind the Fighting Falcons. They lead the Michigan Warriors by one point and the Springfield Jr. Blues by four points.

 

The Wild

            Wenatchee returns home after sweeping a pair of road games against the Michigan Warriors last weekend.  On Friday night, the Wild jumped out to a 4-0 lead, and held on to earn the 5-1 win.  Parker Tuomie, Troy Loggins, and Nicholas Rivera each had a goal and an assist. On Saturday, the Wild defeated the Warriors 4-2, thanks to three points from Troy Loggins.

            The Wild have points in four of their last six games. They sit in last place in the Midwest Division, 12 points behind the Minnesota Wilderness.

Key Stats

  • The Tomahawks are 3-1 in shootouts this season. Zach Wallace has the game winner in two of these games.
  • Alex Okicki is tied for fifth in the league with 10 wins this season.
  • Johnstown is playing in its first road game since October 12th.
  • Mitch Hall is in the top five in assists (14) and points (16) by a defenseman.