Planet Ice Gameday Preview: September 15, 2013

Game Preview

Port Huron Fighting Falcons vs. Johnstown Tomahawks

September 15, 2013

3 p.m.

Cambria County War Memorial Arena, Johnstown PA

By Ed Sheets

 

Johnstown looks to pick up its first win of the season this afternoon in the weekend finale against Port Huron. The Tomahawks will look to continue the success they had last season when they went 7-3-0 in Sunday games, including a 4-1-0 record in games at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena. The Fighting Falcons went 1-4-0 in Sunday games last season, including a 0-3-0 record in Sunday road games.

 

LAST NIGHT

Last night, Port Huron picked up the 3-1 victory, thanks to a second period goal from Connor Enciso. The Fighting Falcons got on the board first, thanks to an Austin Romzek goal at 7:32 of the first period. Johnstown tied the game just over a minute later when Zach Wallace tied the game at 8:43. The score remained the same until Enciso’s goal at 13:01 of the second period. The Fighting Falcons added an empty net goal with seven seconds left in the third period to set the final score at 3-1.

Neither team was able to take advantage of the power play with Johnstown going 0-for-2 and Port Huron going 0-for-7. While there were scrums during the game, the lone fight occurred between Brandon Reinholz and Jon Hall early in the third period.

Max Milosek picked up the win, stopping 23 of 24 shots. Alex Okicki took the loss, stopping 19 of 21 shots in his first game as a member of the Tomahawks.

Following today’s games the two teams will meet again on November 2 and 3 in Johnstown.

 

NAHL SHOWCASE

Following today’s game, the Tomahawks travel to Blaine, MN for the 2013 NAHL Showcase. The team will play four games in four days starting on Wednesday. They open the showcase against defending Robertson Cup champion Amarillo, before taking on Topeka, Aberdeen, and Bismarck to close out the showcase. Last season the Tomahawks finished 1-2-1 at the showcase.

 

KEY STATS

  • The Tomahawks had the highest attendance (3,025) in the league last night.
  • The Tomahawks and Fighting Falcons combined for 32 penalty minutes on Saturday Night
  • Johnstown outshot Port Huron 24-22 in last night’s game
  • Port Huron’s Max Milosek has now won 12 of his last 18 games.