Game Preview: Johnstown @ Michigan 11/14/2014

Nov 12, 2014

Game Preview
vs. Soo
Friday November 14th 7 p.m.


    The Tomahawks close out their four-game homestand tonight, welcoming the Soo Eagles to the War Memorial for the first time this season.
    Johnstown and Soo met on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, with each team winning one matchup. The Tomahawks took the first game of the weekend 5-3, with Dakoda Menslage scoring two goals. Zach Zech had two assists, while Ryan Bednard stopped 20 of 23 shots in the win.The Eagles prevented the weekend sweep with a 3-1 win on Nov. 1 Menslage had the lone Toma-hawks goal in the loss, while Ryan Bednard stopped 38 of 40 shots.
    The Tomahawks are 5-5 all-time against the Eagles at the War Memorial. Soo leads the all-time series 12-10.
The Tomahawks
    The Tomahawks continue their homestand after taking two of three from the Michigan Warriors last weekend. The Tomahawks took game one 2-1, with Jake Houston scoring the game-winner in the seventh round of the shootout. Michigan took game two 7-2, before the Tomahawks rebounded with a 3-1 win on Sunday. Peter Bates, Casey Linkenheld, and Ryan Bochert each scored goals in the Sunday win. Ryan Bednard went 1-1 on the weekend, while goaltender Nick DeSimmone earned his first win in his first start on Sunday afternoon.
    Following tonight’s game, the Tomahawks travel to Soo to take on the Eagles next Saturday and Sunday (November 22 and 23).
The Eagles
    The Eagles make their first trip to Johnstown this season, beginning a three-game weekend in the Keystone state. Soo is looking to rebound after dropping two of three against Springfield last weekend. The Eagles lost the first game 4-1 on Thursday night, before responding with a 6-4 win on Saturday night. The Jr. Blues took the weekend series with a 5-4 shootout victory on Saturday night.
    Sandis Zolmanis leads the Eagles with 21 points and 15 assists. Trevor Cope has 11 goals, leading the Eagles this season.
The Eagles continue their road trip at Keystone tomorrow night and Sunday afternoon.
North Division
    The Tomahawks and Eagles match-up is the only one between North Division teams tonight. Three North Division teams play non-divisional match-ups this weekend, as Michigan travels to Coulee Region, Janesville hosts Austin, and Springfield hosts Topeka.
Facts & Notes

  • Soo leads the division with 76 goals for. They have also allowed the most goals (65) in the division this season.
  • Johnstown is 9th in the NAHL with a 85.4% penalty-kill percentage.
  • The Eagles have allowed the second-most power-play goals this season (21). Amarillo leads the league, allowing 29 power-play goals.
  •  The Tomahawks are 4-1-0 on Friday nights this season.
  •  Johnstown is 5-2-0 when outshooting its opponent this season