Game Preview: Johnstown @ Port Huron 1/31/2014

Johnstown at Port Huron
Friday January 31st
7 p.m. EST

The Series
    The Tomahawks and Fighting Falcons meet for their final two regular-season meetings this weekend, with both teams looking to swing the season series in their favor. The Tomahawks have won five of the last seven meetings after Port Huron took the first three meetings.

    The teams last met in Port Huron Jan. 17 and 18, with the Tomahawks winning the first game and the Fighting Falcons taking game two. In the first game, the Tomahawks earned a 4-2 win, with Cody Bentzel providing a game-winning goal and assist. Joe Drabin, Logan Hudson and Matthew Meier also added goals for the Tomahawks. Jake Moore stopped 43 of 45 shots in the win.

    In the second game, the Fighting Falcons broke open a 1-0 lead in the third period, scoring four goals in 14 minutes to win 5-0,splitting the weekend series. Zach Badalamenti added a goal and assist, while Logan Lambdin provided two assists. Max Milosek stopped 33 saves in the win, while Jake Moore allowed two goals on 27 shots in the loss.

    The Tomahawks come into this weekend’s series against Port Huron, looking to get back on track after dropping a pair of games to the Michigan Warriors last weekend. The Tomahawks are 3-7 in their last ten games and are currently in fourth place in the division, one point behind third place Soo and two points behind second place Michigan. A pair of wins this weekend would not only pull the Tomahawks back towards the top of the division, but would also close the gap between themselves and the first place Fighting Falcons.

Port Huron
    The Fighting Falcons continue their homestand with their first home game since falling to Michigan on January 22. The Fighting Falcons are 2-3 in their last five games and have seen their lead in the North Division cut down to five points. The Fighting Falcons look to close out the homestand with a pair of wins, before heading out on the road for a divisional matchup at Janesville.

Division Preview
In the only other divisional match-up this weekend, Soo travels to Michigan to take on the Warriors on Saturday night. Janesville and Springfield will also be in action, hosting Coulee Region and the Minnesota Magicians in two-game non-divisional series.

Key Stats

  • The Tomahawks are tied for sixth in the league with four shorthanded goals this season.
  • Mitch Hall is tied for fourth in the league with 25 assists
  • Zach Badalamenti has ten points (4G-6A) in ten games against the Tomahawks this season.
  • Johnstown and Port Huron have split their last six meetings at McMorran Arena, dating back to last seasons playoff series.