Okicki Shuts Out Warriors in 5-0 Win

Photo Credit: George Lucas/Johnstown Tomahawks

By Ed Sheets

            Alex Okicki stopped all 30 shots he faced and Matthew Meier added a goal and assist, as the Johnstown Tomahawks defeated the Michigan Warriors 5-0 on Friday night at the Cambria County War Memorial. The Tomahawks have now won eight of their last eleven games at the War Memorial.

            Matthew Meier struck first, scoring on a shot from the glove side of Michigan goaltender Trevor Gorsuch at 10:37 of the first period. Shane Bednard added the assist on the goal. The Tomahawks made it 2-0 late in the period, as Josh Bowes scored with 2:13 remaining. Bednard added the assist, increasing his point total to 37.

            Dakoda Menslage connected on a slap shot, extending the lead to three at 6:29 of the second period. Cody Bentzel and Tyler Basham added assists on the power-play goal. Logan Hudson made it 4-0 later in the period, as his shot slid past Gorsuch at 13:03. Casey Linkenheld set the final score at 5-0 with his first goal of the season 9:08 into the third period.

            Okicki earned the shutout win, his fourth this season. Gorsuch allowed five goals on 34 shots in the loss. The Tomahawks went 1-for-6 on the power-play, while going a perfect 6-for-6 on the penalty kill.

            The Tomahawks conclude their weekend series against Michigan tomorrow night at 7 p.m. The first 300 youth hockey players in their jerseys through the gates will receive a free Tomahawks souvenir puck courtesy of Ziggy’s Sports. For more information visit www.johnstowntomahawks.com.