PHILADELPHIA – The Johnstown Tomahawks snapped a long skid with a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Rebels Sunday evening at the Class of 1923 Arena.
Johnstown fired home the game’s first goal 12 minutes into the first period when Cade Groton wrapped the puck around and behind Rebels netminder Eli Billing for his second of the season. Ben Schmidling picked up the lone helper.
The Tomahawks wasted little time adding to the lead.
Defenseman Chase Davidson’s point shot found its way past the glove side of Billing for a 2-0 Tomahawks advantage. Roman Kraemer and Samuel Solensky assisted Davidson’s first NAHL goal.
Later in the period, Tomahawks goaltender Jack Leavy would make several key saves including a 2-on-1 to keep the game 2-0 after one period.
Johnstown increased the lead to 3-0 six minutes into the second period with another goal from Groton, his third of the season. Brendan White registered the assist.
Philadelphia would get onto the scoreboard at 16:14 of the second period after a Justin Smith power play goal to cut the Tomahawks’ lead to 3-1.
The Rebels would fire plenty of pucks at Leavy in the third period, but the 6-5 netminder stood tall as the Tomahawks left the Class of 1923 Arena with a 3-1 win.
Leavy halted 34 of 35 Rebels shots on goal while Billing stopped 19 of 22.
The Tomahawks next home game will be November 3, 2017 vs the New Jersey Titans. The home game is Movember Boys Night Out: Men’s Health Awareness Night. Fans entering the arena will receive two ping pong balls to throw on the ice upon the Hawks scoring their first goal. Saturday, Nov. 4, the Tomahawks will hand out Camo Hats to the first 500 fans presented by Somerset Hospital. Additionally, the game is designated as Somerset County Night. The Tomahawks warp up the series with the Titans on Sunday, Nov. 5 with Undies Sunday presented by Com Pros. Fans are invited to bring packages of new, unopened underwear to toss onto the ice after the Tomahawks first goal. Proceeds benefit Birthright of Cambria County.
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