Third Period Comeback Lifts Hawks Over Knights

JOHNSTOWN – The Johnstown Tomahawks used a three-goal third period to come back to defeat the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights 4-3 Friday night at the Cambria County War Memorial

The Knights scored the game’s first goal when Vince Marino finished a two-on-one by scoring on Tomahawks goaltender Drew Hotte.

Johnstown battled back and tied the game after Dalton Hunter’s backhand shot was deflected in by Nick Bruce at 6:31 of the first period. Hunter picked up the lone helper.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forward Paul Maust gave the Knights their second lead of the night with his goal at 14:44 of the first period. Jimmy Elser and Reed Robinson picked up the assists.

The second period saw both teams generate scoring chance, however, both Hotte and Knights goalie Grant Valentine stood tall in net and kept the period scoreless.

The Knights increased their lead to 3-1 after Mike Gelatt scored 56 seconds into the third period. The goal was assisted by Matt Kidney.

From there, the Tomahawks put together a fierce comeback.

Forward Mitchell Hale delivered a shot behind Valentine at 2:52 of the third period. Hayden Rowan and Evan Somoza assisted on the goal.

The Tomahawks tied the hockey game at 3-3 when Bruce scored his second of the contest.

Johnstown gained its first lead of the evening when Reagan Wortz, playing in his first NAHL game, beat Valentine glove side for his first of the season. The score now was set at 4-3.

Hotte picked up his 18th win of the season in the win.

Both teams are back on the ice Saturday afternoon for a noon faceoff. The day is a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Slap Shot with appearances by the Hanson Brothers, Denis Lemieux and more! The Tomahawks will wear specialty jerseys presented by Scott’s By Dam.