KENAI, Alaska– Andrew Romano scored two goals and added an assist, leading the Johnstown Tomahawks to a 6-1 victory over the Kenai River Brown Bears Friday night at the Soldotna Sports Center.
Romano got the Tomahawks on the board first, taking a long pass from Filps Buncis before firing it past the right pad of Kenai River (1-12-0) goaltender Brian Baker at 4:12 of the first period.
Johnstown (7-4-3) extended its lead 28 seconds into the second period, as Drew Doyon collected the puck in front of Baker, sliding a shot past his right skate. Brendan Jaquay provided the pass that led to Doyon’s third goal of the season.
Luke Lynch made it a 3-0 game, as his backhand shot in front of the net found its way past Baker at 6:21 of the second period.
The Tomahawks made it a 4-0 game, as Steve Quagliata’s shot from center ice made it past Baker, who had skated away from the net as the shot was taken at 10:39. Romano added the assist on the shorthanded goal.
Justin Bofshever got the Brown Bears lone goal, scoring 11:36 into the second period. Gunnar Goodmanson and Dylan McArthur added the assists on the goal.
Kelly O’Brien brought the Tomahawks lead back to four goals, taking a quick pass from Dante Suffredini and scoring into the open net with 13 seconds remaining in the second period. Jaquay also added an assist on the power-play goal.
Romano set the final score, scoring on a shot into the upper right corner at 13:25 of the third period. Logan Hudson and Zak Galambos earned the assist on the power-play goal.
Nick DeSimone earned the win, stopping 35 of 36 shots. Baker took the loss, allowing four goals on 35 shots. Baker was replaced by Nicholas Nast, who allowed two goals on 10 shots. The Tomahawks went 3-for-9 on the power play and 8-for-8 on the penalty kill.
Following tonight’s game, the Tomahawks will stay in Alaska next week, before closing out their trip with a pair of games against Fairbanks.