Tomahawks Defeat Warriors, 3-2, on Hockey Heritage Night
Johnstown, PA –Jaycob McCombs had two goals as he helped power the Johnstown Tomahawks to a victory over the Michigan Warriors, 3-2 Saturday night at the War Memorial Arena.
McCombs’ game-winning goal came at 15:03 of the third period as a scrum formed in front of the Warriors net and he smacked the puck past Trevor Gorsuch to give the Tomahawks their first win against the Warriors since Oct. 14. McCombs has scored four goals in his last four games. Johnstown exits the weekend with two points after falling to the Warriors Friday night, 3-1.
Chris Truehl stopped 21 of 23 shots, including three breakaways and a penalty shot. Michigan received a penalty shot at 13:25 of the second after Jake Fairchild was called for slashing on a Zack Szajner on a breakaway. Szajner couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity as Truehl sat on the shot that went five-hole.
Johnstown got off to a rough start after the game was delayed because of a cracked pane of glass behind the home net. The Tomahawks had only four shots and received three minor penalties in the first period.
Connor Lyons received a pass from Jake Faiella right off the faceoff and fired a shot over Truehl’s glove to give the Warriors the 1-0 lead 2:40 into the second period.
After two quick penalties by the Warriors in the third period, Cody Gylling scored a 5-on-3 power-play goal at 4:40 to tie the game, 1-1.
2:19 later McCombs took a pass off the boards from JB Baker and put the puck past Gorsuch’s glove to give the Tomahawks the 2-1 lead.
AJ Marcinek tied the game at 12:55 when he put his own rebound into the back of the net, but McCombs’ goal a little over two minutes later put the Tomahawks ahead to stay. The two teams will not play again during the regular season.