By Ed Sheets
Mitch Hall earned two points and added the game-winning shootout goal as the Johnstown Tomahawks defeated the Wenatchee Wild 5-4 on Saturday night at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee Wash.
The Tomahawks struck in the first period as Matthew Meier scored on the power play at 11:37. Mitch Hall and Shane Cuckovich each added assists on the goal. Parker Tuomie tied the game at 11:12 of the second period.
Shane Bednard made it 2-1 as his shot from the right side got past Wenatchee goaltender Chase Perry at 14:51. Tuomie tied the game back up just 26 seconds, being credited with the goal after a discussion by the officials.
Johnstown extended its lead to 3-2 less than five minutes into the third period as Trevor Recktenwald scored for the second straight night. Josh Bowes made it 4-2, firing a shot into the upper right hand corner of Perry’s net at 15:45.
Wenatchee tied the game late, thanks to goals by Andre Pison and Troy Loggins in the final 1:03 of the third period. The teams went to overtime for the second time in the last four games, eventually taking the game into a shootout.
In the shootout Wenatchee’s Jakob Ahlgren scored in the first round. Tyler Basham scored for the Tomahawks in the fourth round, before Mitch Hall won the game in the seventh round, scoring on a shot that knocked the water bottles off the top of the net.
Alex Okicki earned his league-leading fifth shootout win of the season, stopping 37 of 41 shots and 6 of 7 shots in the shootout. Perry took the loss, stopping 24 of 28 shots. The Tomahawks went 1 for-3 on the power play, while the Wild went 2-for-6.
The win pulls the Tomahawks within four points of the Fighting Falcons, while giving them sole possession of second place over the Michigan Warriors.
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