ASTON, Pa. –The Johnstown Tomahawks scored three power play goals against the Aston Rebels but the Rebels held on to win the game 6-4 at the IceWorks Skating Complex.
The Tomahawks got on the scoreboard first at the 3:06 mark of the first period when Zak Galambos fired a wrist shot past Rebels goalie Darion Hanson on the power play to give the Tomahawks a 1-0. Casey Linkenheld and Andrew Romano registered the assists on Galambos’ third of the season.
Aston would score the next two markers, including one on the power play, to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
Johnstown tied the game 44 seconds into the second period when Casey Linkenheld deflected a point shot on the power play behind Hanson. Galambos and Filips Buncis were credited with the helpers.
The Rebels regained the lead when Andrew Bellant shot the puck past Tomahawks netminder Jake Gwillim.
Justin Cmunt tied the game for Johnstown with his second of the season but minutes later Rebels defenseman Michael Underwood fired a shot past Johnstown goalie Nick DeSimone, who came into the game in the middle of the period.
In the third period, Aston’s Drew Blackmun increased the lead to 5-3 before Luke Lynch’s power play goal cut the Tomahawk deficit to one goal.
Bellant added an empty-net goal with five seconds remaining to give Aston the 6-4 victory.
DeSimone stopped 15 of 17 Rebels shots in relief of Gwillim who stopped 12 of 15 shots on goal from the Rebels.
The Tomahawks went 3-for-5 on the man advantage and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.
Johnstown opens an 11-game homestand Nov. 12 with a Hockey and Education Day contest at 10:30 a.m. Additionally, First Responder Nights are scheduled for Nov. 13 and 14 home games against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.johnstowntomahawks.com or call 814-536-GOAL (4625).