Lynch Tallies Two; Tomahawks Move Into First Place Tie

PITTSTON, Pa – Goaltender Andrew Lindgren stopped 48 shots from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights and Luke Lynch tallied two goals in the Johnstown Tomahawks’ 4-3 overtime victory over the Knights Friday night at Revolution Ice Centre.


The Tomahawks got on the board first when Lynch wristed the puck behind Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goaltender Andrey Svistunov. Lynch’s 20th of the season was assisted by Andrew Romano and Casey Linkenheld.


Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tied the game at 1-1 when Zach Remers scored a power-play goal.


That goal was answered by Lynch’s second of the night 14 seconds later. Linkenheld and Romano helped on the goal, Lynch’s 21st on the year.


At 14:54, the Knights again tied the hockey game after Dorian Dawson’s shot from the blue line found its way past Lindgren.


After a back and forth start to the second frame, the Tomahawks earned another one-goal lead when Luke Picek tapped in a Dalton Hunter pass. The goal was Picek’s first as a Tomahawk.


The Knights fought back and tied the game at 18:03 when Jimmy Elser scored.


In the third period, both teams had chances to break the tie but both Svistunov and Lindgren stood tall and forced the game into overtime.


It did not take the Tomahawks long to win the game as Filips Buncis tallied the game-winning goal twenty seconds into the overtime frame.


Lindgren stopped 48 of 51 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton shots en route to his tenth victory on the season.


The Tomahawks visit the New Jersey Titans Saturday Feb. 6 at Middletown Ice World for another East Division tilt.


Johnstown returns to the Cambria County War Memorial Arena Friday Feb. 12 for Red Out Night presented by HealthCare First Credit Union and the start of Youth Hockey Weekend. Fans are encouraged to wear red to the game. Saturday, Feb. 13 is Little Night Night as well as the culmination of Youth Hockey Weekend. For more information, call 814-536-GOAL or go to JohnstownTomahawks