Late Goal Sinks Tomahawks

JOHNSTOWN – Despite a third-period comeback, the Johnstown Tomahawks fell to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights 4-3 Friday night at 1st Summit Arena.
Scoring Breakdown:
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.