JOHNSTOWN – The Johnstown Tomahawks hosted their fifth annual Red & Blue game Sunday morning.
Fans packed Planet Ice to get a preview of the 2016-17 Tomahawks roster. This time, fans enojyed two games during the morning as well as a three-on-three showcase.
In game one, the Red team struck early and often, beginning with a goal from Tomahawks draft pick Joseph Kile. His goal was assisted by free agent invites Richard Boysen and Zack Gielarowski.
Three minutes later, free agent Chad Watt buried a loose puck to make it 2-0 Red team.
Lukas Samuelsson, son of former NHL defenseman Kjell Samuelsson, added to the Red lead with his goal. Kile added the lone assist.
Red ended the period with another goal, this time from free agent Patrick O'Neal. The goal was assisted by Kile and Tiernan Seningen.
In the final period of play, the Blue team solved the zero on the scoreboard with a goal from Gianni Vitali but the Red team quickly set the final at 5-1 with a goal from draft pick Donovan Ott.
Game two saw a new roster of players and back and forth start to the game.
The Blue team finally cracked a scoreless tie when defenseman Garrett Johnston fired a shot from the point that beat Red goaltender Alex Camarre. The goal was assisted by Jack Sampson and Riley Doyon.
Isaac Ceh picked up Blue's second goal and Wyatt Radakovitz scored seconds later to put their squad up 3-0.
Blue finished off the period with a breakaway goal from Jack Sampson. Riley Hestwood and Ian Kwant registered the assists.
In the last period, the Red team would mount a comeback.
Ryan Kheir cut the deficit to 4-1 with a goal six minutes into the frame.
The Blue team answered with a Riley Doyon goal, however, the Red team quickly responded when Alex Singley netted a goal.
Dustin Bolinger of the Red team cut the Blue lead 5-3 with a power-play goal. Then, Eamon Hilliard made it a one-goal game with 2 minutes left to play.
The Red team tied the game with less than a minute to go when Todd Trottier fired a wrist shot into the back of the net. Ricky Kwapich and Singley assisted on the goal.
In the shootout round, the Blue team would capture a thrilling victory and capped off a morning hockey with a 6-5 win.
The focus now turns to training camp as the Tomahawks coaches will have to make roster cuts.