Brière Nets Four Goals in 7-5 Victory over Maryland

JOHNSTOWN – Johnstown Tomahawks forward Carson Brière scored four goals in a wild 7-5 win over the Maryland Black Bears Sunday afternoon at 1st Summit Arena.
Scoring Breakdown:
1st Period Recap
  • Carter Dwyer let the Undies fly with a backhand breakaway marker 12 minutes into the first period. His third of the season was assisted by Roman Kraemer and Sam Solensky.
  • Nine seconds after the Tomahawks gained the 1-0 lead, the Black Bears tied the score with a breakaway goal from Daylon Mannon.
  • But Chris Trouba’s slap shot from the right point put the Tomahawks back in the lead two minutes after Mannon’s goal. His fourth of the season was assisted by Joey Kile and Austin Friesen.
Shots on Goal After the First Period: Johnstown (13) | Maryland (13)
2nd Period Recap
  • A wild and rowdy second period began with a goal from Maryland’s George Vonakis to tie the game at 2-2.
  • The game took a physical turn after the goal as the Tomahawks saw Andy Nedeljkovic and Colin Price ejected for fighting. Maryland’s Thomas Jarman and Max Borst were also ejected for fighting.
  • Johnstown regained the lead 3-2 after Carson Brière scored his 30th of the season and 22nd on the power play. Oliver Benwell and Sam Solensky picked up the assist.
  • The Black Bears tied the game once again with a marker from forward Nick Grimaldi.
  • But the Tomahawks, again, responded with two goals from Benwell and Briere for a 5-3 lead.
  • Maryland battled back as the period closed with two goals from Mannon and Connor Pooley for a 5-5 tie heading into the second intermission.
Shots on Goal After the Second Period: Johnstown (25) | Maryland (23)
3rd Period Recap:
  • Brière would put the Tomahawks ahead 6-5 with an individual effort goal for the hat trick and his 32nd goal of the season.
  • However, Brière was not finished as the forward scored his fourth goal of the game to set the final at 7-5.
Game Notes:
  • With four goals on the game, Brière surpassed alumnus Donovan Ott with his 33rd goal of the season. Ott previously set the mark with 32 goals in one season.
  • The Tomahawks collected 1,200 pairs of underwear for local charities as a result of Undies Sunday.
Final Shots on Goal: Johnstown (32) | Maryland (30)
Johnstown hits the road for a Wednesday morning tilt with the Jamestown Rebels at Northwest Arena. Puck drops at 11 a.m.
The Tomahawks return to 1st Summit are a Friday, Feb. 15 contest against the Rebels at 7:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear red for RED OUT NIGHT presented by HealthCare First Credit Union.