ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Carson Brière and Colin Price scored two goals apiece and Carter McPhail made 29 saves en route to a 5-2 Johnstown Tomahawks win over the Northeast Generals Sunday afternoon at New England Sports Village.
1st Period Recap
Tempers flared early in the game as Johnstown and Northeast came together for a series of scrums.
Johnstown battled through a momentum swing by the Generals early in the first to generate quality shots and scoring chances on netminder David Fessenden.
Persistence paid off for Johnstown as Tomahawks forward Colin Price scored his 12th goal of the season after a Northeast offensive zone turnover.
Before the period closed, the Tomahawks increased the score to 2-0 when Mitch Hale shot the puck blocker side past Fessenden for his 12th of the season. Carson Brière and Pavel Kharin picked up helpers.
Shots on Goal After the First Period: Johnstown (11) | Northeast (6)
2nd Period Recap
The Generals replaced Fessenden with backup goalie Marko Sturma to start the second period.
Just eight minutes into the middle frame, Northeast cut the Tomahawks lead to 2-1 when Ryan Rowland’s shot from the point solved Tomahawks goalie Carter McPhail.
However, just 17 seconds later, Carson Brière became the first Tomahawks player to score 40 goals when his shot beat Sturma five-hole for a 3-1 Tomahawks lead. Andrew Murphy assisted on the goal.
Brière scored his 41st goal at 13:01 with his 27th power play goal. The Tomahawks gained a 4-1 lead on the unassisted marker.
Northeast responded with a power play goal of its own when Cam Gaudette chipped the puck past McPhail.
Shots on Goal After the Second Period: Johnstown (17) | Northeast (17)
3rd Period Recap:
Price put the Tomahawks in front 5-2 after slapping a pass from Chad Merrell past the glove hand of Sturma for his second goal of the afternoon and 13th of the season.
McPhail would make 29 saves in the 5-2 win for the Tomahawks, which is the netminder’s 27th of the seaosn
Final Shots on Goal: Johnstown (28) | Northeast (31)
The next time the Tomahawks are on home ice is Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 for Fan Appreciation Weekend. March 29 is Sam Solensky Bobblehead Giveaway Night presented by ABD Construction, First Scoop To Go, Oakridge Storage, Esmark, Vatavuk’s Diner, the Slovak Education Club of Windber and Asiago’s Tuscan Italian.
March 30 is the continuation of Fan Appreciation Weekend with giveaways and other items just for our fans!