Planet Ice Gameday Preview: November 15, 2013



The Series

Tonight, the Tomahawks welcome the Wenatchee Wild for their first meeting this season. The teams will meet eight times this season, with each team hosting four games.


This seasons Wenatchee Wild is not the same team the Tomahawks faced four times last season. The former Wild moved to Texas to become the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees in May, before the Fresno Monsters were moved to Wenatchee to become the Wild.


The Tomahawks went 1-3-0 against Wenatchee last season, winning their lone game in overtime on Nov. 30, 2012.


The teams will meet again in Washington Nov. 30 & Dec. 1.



The Tomahawks enter tonight’s game on a three-game winning streak after sweeping Springfield last weekend.  Johnstown scored five goals in the first two periods of a 5-1 win on Friday night, before winning a 6-5 thriller on Saturday. Shane Bednard scored five points (3-2-5) and Brandon Reinholz added four points (3-1-4) in the two games. Alex Okicki earned the win in both games.


The Tomahawks currently sit in third place in the North Division, one point behind second-place Michigan and seven points behind first-place Port Huron.



The Wild come to Johnstown after splitting a pair of games against the Michigan Warriors last weekend in Wenatchee. They won 3-2 on Friday night on a goal with one second remaining in overtime. In the weekend finale on Saturday, the Warriors picked up a 5-1 win, scoring all five goals in the second and third periods.


Wenatchee is currently in last place in the Midwest Division, two points behind fifth place Coulee Region and 13 points being the division-leading Minnesota Wilderness.


Key Stats

· Shane Bednard was named the NAHL North Division Star of the Week for this week. Bednard joins Omar Mullan, Alex Okicki, and Joe Drabin as Tomahawks winners of the award this season.


· The Tomahawks have not faced a Midwest Division opponent this season. Wenatchee is 1-4-1 against the North Division this season.