Game Preview: Johnstown @ Janesville

Mar 26, 2014

Johnstown at Janesville
Friday March 28th
8 p.m. ET

The Series
            The Tomahawks close out the 2013-14 regular season this weekend in Janesville, and will look to lock up a playoff berth against the Jets. The Jets swept the Tomahawks in a pair of games at the War Memorial earlier this month. The Tomahawks are 3-2-1 all time against the Jets, including a 1-0-1 record in Janesville.
            The Tomahawks are three points ahead of Springfield for the final playoff spot, so a win, overtime/shootout loss, or a loss by Springfield will guarantee the Tomahawks their second-straight Robertson Cup Playoffs appearance. The Tomahawks can also catch the third place Jets by sweeping them this weekend. The Jets come into the game winners of four of their last five, including two of three games against Michigan last weekend. 

The Tomahawks
            The Tomahawks come into this weekend’s regular season finale after taking two of three from the Soo Eagles last weekend. Mitch Hall added seven points in the series win, while Alex Okicki earned the two wins. The Tomahawks will look to snap a four-game road losing streak in their first trip to Janesville since Feb. 8-9, 2013.

The Jets
            Janesville enters the final weekend of the regular season after clinching a playoff spot in a 2-1 victory over Springfield on Tuesday night. The Jets are currently in the third spot in the division, but they are within striking distance of the second-place Michigan Warriors. Robin Hoglund leads the Jets in scoring with five points (4G-1A) in his last five games.

North Division Update
            In divisional action this week, Janesville defeated Springfield 2-1 on Tuesday, while Michigan defeated Port Huron 2-1 in overtime on Wednesday. Michigan and Port Huron play in a home-and-home series tonight and tomorrow, while Springfield travels to Soo.

Key Stats

  •  Mitch Hall has ten points (1G-9A) in his last ten games
  •  Janesville is 8-1-1 in its last ten games
  •  Mitch Hall, Shane, Bednard, and Matthew Meier each have 20+ points on the road this season.
  •  The Tomahawks are third in the league with five shorthanded goals on the road this season
  •  Janesville is fifth in the league with a 17.7% power-play percentage.