Johnstown, Pa – The Johnstown Tomahawks dropped a close game to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs 2-1 Saturday night at 1st Summit Arena.
The Fairbanks Ice Dogs scored the only goal of the first period when Ty Proffitt put a puck past Johnstown netminder, Kade Phipps. The assists went to Hunter Wendt and Jacob Willets at 2:37. The goal was Proffitt’s first of the season.
In the second period, Kade Phipps made a handful of huge saves to keep Fairbanks from adding to their lead. The second ended with Fairbanks still leading the Tomahawks, 1-0.
In the third, Fairbanks added to their lead when Jack Johnston scored to give the Ice Dogs a 2-0 lead. The lone assist went to Sam Ruffin at 6:08.
Johnstown ended Fairbanks’ shutout when Mitchell Hale scored to pull the Tomahawks within one. The goal came at 7:59 of the period and was assisted by Carson Briere and Carter Dwyer.
Late in the game Johnstown pulled Phipps for the extra attacker but found themselves taking a penalty for slashing that would require the Tomahawks to put Phipps back in net. On the wrong side of the following 5-on-4 man-advantage, the Tomahawks could not tie the game before the final buzzer.
Fairbanks beat Johnstown 2-1.
Tomahawks are back in action tomorrow night at 1st Summit Arena @ Cambria County War Memorial when they once again host the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Puck drops at a special 6pm start time as its New Year’s Eve Celebrations presented by Coors Light. Ring in the New Year with the annual Johnstown hockey tradition with the first 1,000 fans receiving a souvenir noise maker. There will be post game celebrations with the players followed by festivities at Central Park, in downtown Johnstown.
Tickets are still available for both games and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com – calling Ticketmaster directly at 1-800-745-3000, or visiting 1st Summit Arena @ Cambria County War Memorial box office.