A fast start, a stellar penalty kill and a timely third-period comeback lead Johnstown to a 3-2 win over 6th-ranked Jamestown on Friday night as the Tomahawks continue their climb to 1st place in the East Division.
With it’s 16th home win of the season, Letizia’s team improve to a 29-13-2-2 overall record and remain in a tight race for first place just 7 points behind division leader NJ Titans.
Three Hawks veterans played a leading role in the win. Pavel Kharin (Ypsilanti, MI) opened the scoring 3:47 minutes into the game, while Christian Gorscak (Jeanette PA) collected his 21tst goal and Bennett Stockdale (Ottawa ONT) tallied the winning goal with just minutes to play in the game.
Power forward and Maine commit, Tristan Poissant (Les Coteaux QC) tallied a pair of assists in the last frame, including a beautiful cross ice pass to Stockdale for the game deciding goal.
Hawks goaltender David Tomeo (West Caldwell, NJ) backstopped 24 of 26 shots he faced to pick up his 17th win of the season.
Jamestown outshot Johnstown 26-19 while going 0-6 against the Hawks excellent penalty kill.
1st Period Recap:
03:47 JHT goal, Pavel Karin(8), ASST: Carson Grainer (8), Malik Alishlalov (16)
Rebels 9 / Hawks 7
2nd Period Recap
06:35 JMT goal, Jordan Cormier(8), ASST: Marshall Walker (3), Tyler German (6)
11:05 JMT goal, Carter Korpi(4) ASST: Jack Moore (2), Noah Finstrom (24)
Rebels 10 / Hawks 4
3rd Period Recap
04:53 JHT goal, Christian Gorscak(21), ASST: Tristan Poissant(23), Malik Alishlalov(17)
14:57 JHT goal, Bennett Stockdale(11), ASST: Tristan Poissant(24), Ethan Webb(8)
Rebels 7 / Hawks 8
- 3 stars of the game (1st – Bennett / 2nd Gorscak / 3rd Poissant)
- Forward #28 Spencer DenBeste (Marquette, MI) was back in the line-up after missing 5 games with a lower body injury.
- With his 21st goal, #16 Gorscak remains the league top scorer with 57 points tied with Dante Sheriff of Austin.
- Hawks went 1 for 4 on the Power Play scoring their 45th goal of the season on the man advantage and continues to have the second best PP in the league with 26.3% behind only to league leader NJ Titans at 28.4%.