The Johnstown Tomahawks clinched their second-straight Robertson Cup playoff berth during the last weekend of the regular season, setting up a playoff match-up between Johnstown and the Port Huron Fighting Falcons for the second consecutive year. The Tomahawks have won the last three meetings against the Fighting Falcons at the War Memorial.
The best-of-five series will open in Port Huron, Mich., on Thursday, April 3, with Game 2 staying in Port Huron to be played Friday, April 4. The series shifts to the Cambria County War Memorial for Game 3 at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11. If necessary, Game 4 will be played at the War Memorial on Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m. Should the series extend the full five games, the final game will be played in Port Huron on Monday, April 14.
Individual playoff tickets for all Tomahawks home games go on sale Thursday April 3 at the War Memorial box office, all Ticketmaster locations, including www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000. The Tomahawks ticket office hours for playoffs are extended to Monday-Friday 8:30a.m.-7:00.m. and 8:30a.m.-12p.m. on Saturdays. Ticket prices start as low as $9 for adults and tickets for kids under 12 are $6. For more information, call 814-536-GOAL (4625) or visit www.johnstowntomahawks.com.
Johnstown (28-26-5) has improved on its overall and road win totals from last season, while decreasing its penalty minutes. The team has also seen its scoring spread out, as eight Tomahawks players have at least 20 points this season. Defenseman Mitch Hall is third in the league with 37 assists, while forward Shane Bednard is tied for tenth with 51 points. Between the pipes, Alex Okicki has been among the league leaders in minutes, games played, saves, and wins. Last season, the Fighting Falcons eliminated the Tomahawks in the first round of the postseason, so the Tomahawks will be looking to return the favor this season.
“We have a very special group of young men. We pride ourselves on family and character. Those are two key things that you need to make a playoff run. It is a whole new season now, and I look forward to seeing how our team will rise to the challenge,” said Tomahawks head coach Jason Spence.
The Robertson Cup is the oldest junior hockey trophy in the country, and is named in honor of Chuck Robertson, who played an important role in the North American Hockey League. For more information on the Robertson Cup playoffs, visit www.nahl.com.