In front of 2,836 fans, the Johnstown Tomahawks came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights 5-3 at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.
The Knights took advantage of a Tomahawks turn over early in the first period as defenseman Tim Gelatt wristed a shot thorough the wickets of Tomahawks goaltender Andrew Lindgren.
Johnstown tied the hockey game at one a minute later when Luke Picek’s shot lifted over the glove of Knights goalie Grant Valentine. Niko Coffman and Andrew Romano picked up the assists.
Midway through the first period, the Knights regained the lead. Dmitriy Zaitsev finished a two-on-one opportunity with Braden Brown at 10:45. Paul Maust added the other helper.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton started the second period with a quick goal by Zach Remers to set the score at 3-1. Brown and Gelatt tallied the assists.
The Tomahawks would get a goal back at 4:30 after Dalton Hunter found room, glove side. The unassisted goal was Hunter’s sixth of the season.
Tommy Horn tied the game up at 3 for the Tomahawks five minutes later, when his backhander found itsway over the outstretched blocker of Valentine.
After both teams exchanged chances to take the lead, it would be the Tomahawks who would solve Valentine with less than seven minutes left in the third period.
Hunter gained control of a loose puck and sent a pass to Casey Linkenheld who roofed the puck past the goaltender to give the Tomahawks a 4-3 lead.
The Tomahawks set the final score at 5-3 with a Ryan Burr power-play goal assisted by Coffman and Luke Lynch.
The Tomahawks are back in action Saturday to take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The team and Somerset Hospital are presenting the War Memorial replica model giveaway to the first 2,000 fans in attendance. For tickets, visit the War Memorial Box Office or for more information, visit JohnstownTomahawks.com.