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Game Preview: Port Huron @ Johnstown 4/11/14

Port Huron at Johnstown
Game Three, Division Semi-Finals
Friday April 11th
7:30 p.m. EST

The Series
            The Tomahawks and Fighting Falcons move their best-of-five North Division semi-finals series to the Cambria County War Memorial for tonight’s game three. The Tomahawks are looking to stay alive and force a game four tomorrow night at 7 p.m. If necessary, game five would be played in Port Huron Monday night at 7 p.m.

            In game one last Thursday night, Bryce VanHorn gave the Fighting Falcons a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals less than seven minutes into the opening period. The Tomahawks battled back late in the period, as Tanner Barnes and Jordan Watt scored 22 seconds apart to tie the game at two. The score remained the same, until Jon Hall scored the game-winner 4:13 into the third period.

            In game two, the Tomahawks got on the board first, as Jordan Watt scored his second goal of the postseason at 8:05 of the second period. Just over two minutes later, Brandon Reinholz made it 2-0 with a short handed goal. Noah Batis cut the Tomahawks lead to 2-1, scoring with 38 seconds remaining in second period. In the third period, Trevor Recktenwald gave the Tomahawks a 3-1 lead at 4:29. Port Huron would tie the game, thanks to goals from Lucas Little and Elliot Tisdale at 8:17 and 13:14. The game went to overtime, where Tisdale scored the game-winner 9:31 into the period.

            The Tomahawks have won the last three meetings between the two teams at the War Memorial, with the last meeting coming on November 23rd. The Tomahawks and Fighting Falcons split their 12 regular-season meetings with each team going 3-3 at home.

Division Update
            In the other North division playoff matchup, Michigan takes a 2-0 series lead to Janesville for game three tonight. The Warriors won game one 4-2 on Friday night and finished the weekend sweep with a 5-1 win Saturday night.

Key Stats

  • The Tomahawks went 3-3 against the Fighting Falcons at home this season.
  • Brandon Reinholz leads the Tomahawks with three points (1G-2A) in the postseason.
  • The Tomahawks and Fighting Falcons combined for 103 penalty minutes in game two.
  • Brett Young is ranked third among NAHL goaltenders with 80 saves in the postseason.