JOHNSTOWN – Despite a third-period comeback, the Johnstown Tomahawks fell to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights 4-3 Friday night at 1st Summit Arena.
1st Period Recap
The Tomahawks honored all award winners prior to the game and also recognized the career accomplishments of Sam Solensky.
Johnstown started the game with the momentum, putting pucks on net and generating offensive zone time.
However, the Knights would strike first late in the first frame when Zak Currie’s low shot beat Tomahawks goalie Cooper Lukenda.
WB/Scranton increased their lead to 2-0 when Davis PEnnington’s shot from the point solved Lukenda.
Shots on Goal After the First Period: Johnstown (13) | WB/Scranton (9)
2nd Period Recap
The second period would belong to the Tomahawks in terms of time on attack as the team controlled the play for the balance of the frame.
However, Knights goaltender Zach Stejskal batted away every Tomahawks attempt as the period strolled along.
The Tomahawks never quit and eventually solved the 6-4 netminder at 18:50 of the second period when Ethan Webb finished a Carson Briere pass for his second of the season. The goal cut the WB/Scranton lead to 2-1.
Shots on Goal After the Second Period: Johnstown (29) | WB/Scranton (13)
3rd Period Recap:
The Knights increased their lead to 3-1 quickly into the third period after Jake Fuss scored his 14th goal of the season.
The Tomahawks hunkered down and went to work sending quality scoring chances on Stejskal.
Bennett Stockdale cut the Knights lead to 3-2 when his stuff attempt on Stejskal cross the goal line for his 15th of the season.
The Tomahawks tied the game at 3-3 at the 11:39 mark when Chris Trouba fired a slap shot from the point for a power play goal, his fifth of the season.
But luck was not on the side of the Tomahawks as the Knights scored with 30 seconds remaining.
Tyrone Bronte scored his 13th goal of the season to give WB/Scranton a 4-3 win.
Final Shots on Goal: Johnstown (44) | WB/Scranton (19)
The Tomahawks handed out their annual Player Awards prior to the game. Below are the 2018-19 award winners:
Don Hall Most Valuable Player: Carson Briere
Offensive Player of the Year: Carson Briere
Defensive Player of the Year: Carter McPhail
Rookie of the Year: Hunter Toale
Most Improved: Christian Gorscak
Unsung Heroes: Pavel Kharin, Mitch Hale
Community Pride Award: Cooper Lukenda, Oliver Benwell
Fan Favorite: Sam Solensky
The Tomahawks wrap up the 2018-19 home portion of their schedule Saturday night at 7 p.m. against the Knights. Fans can walk away with plenty of prizes.