JOHNSTOWN – The Johnstown Tomahawks edged the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights 3-2 Friday night at 1st Summit Arena for the franchise’s 43rd win on the season.
1st Period Recap
The Tomahawks control the play early on with extended zone time int he WB/Scranton zone, setting the tone early.
Johnstown broke through the scoreless tie when Hunter Toale sent a shot from the right point that deflected off a Knights defenseman past Zach Stejskal for a 1-0 lead for the Hawks.
Christian Gorscak deflected a shot from Matt Doyle into the back of the net for a 2-0 Tomahawks lead at 12:10 of the first period.
Shots on Goal After the First Period: Johnstown (9) | WB/Scranton (10)
2nd Period Recap
The Tomahawks killed off an early Knights power play to start the second period off on the right foot.
Johnstown and WB/Scranton went back and forth during the middle frame generating quality scoring chances throughout.
After Knights defenseman Shay Donovan received a slashing call, Tomahawks forward Cameron Hebert wristed on past Stejskal for his 25th of the season and a 3-0 Tomahawks lead.
Shots on Goal After the Second Period: Johnstown (18) | WB/Scranton (22)
3rd Period Recap:
At the 13:19 mark of the third period, the Knights finally solved Cooper Lukenda with a goal from Jacob Badal.
The Knights cut the Tomahawks advantage to 3-2 at 15:19 when Anthony Mastromonica beat Lukenda high glove side.
The Tomahawks held strong on defense to hang on to the close 3-2 win.
Final Shots on Goal: Johnstown (31) | WB/Scranton (28)
Saturday, March is the annual Guns & Hoses game in conjunction with Brett Keisel Night. The two-time Super Bowl Champion will be on hand to drop the ceremonial first puck and sign autographs for fans.