Planet Ice Gameday Preview: February 14, 2014

Michigan at Johnstown

Friday February 14th

7:30 p.m. EST


The Series

    After a weekend off, the Tomahawks return to action against the Michigan Warriors.  The teams meet for the first time since Michigan swept a weekend series in Johnstown Jan. 24 and 25.  On the 24th, the Tomahawks struck first, as Josh Bowes scored at 4:21 of the first period.  Josh Shellman tied the game for the Warriors later in the period, before Jon Farkas tallied the game winner 2:23 into the third period.

    On the 25th, the Warriors jumped out to a 2-0 lead, thanks to goals by Colin Horton and Jake Hopfner at 4:40 and 6:26 of the first period.  The Tomahawks tied the game, as Joe Drabin and Mitch Hall scored at 18:26 of the first period and 4:17 of the second period.  Colin Larkin scored a pair of goals to break the tie and give the Warriors the 4-2 sweep.

    Following this weekend’s games, the Tomahawks and Warriors meet in Michigan Feb. 28 and March 1 for the final time in the regular season.


    The Tomahawks return home after earning three of four points against the Port Huron Fighting Falcons Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. In the first game, Port Huron scored first, before Zach Wallace and Brandon Reinholz scored to take a 2-1 lead late in the second period. Port Huron tied the game late in the third, before Nick Horne won the game for the Fighting Falcons with 1:03 remaining in overtime.

    On Feb. 1, the Tomahawks earned a 4-2 win, with three different players scoring goals. Matthew Meier and Shane Bednard each scored first period goals, before Tyler Basham and Bednard scored in the third period to set the final, giving the Tomahawks an additional two points and the weekend split. Following this weekend’s games, the Tomahawks host Wenatchee next Friday and Saturday at the War Memorial.


    The Warriors enter this weekend’s games after sweeping Soo last weekend. In the first game, Soo took a 3-2 lead after one period, before Michigan outscored the Warriors 3-1 to earn the 5-3 victory. Joshua Shellman and Tyler Groat each had a goal and assist. In the second game, Nick Mosher scored twice as the Warriors earned the weekend sweep with a 5-2 victory. Following this weekend’s games, the Warriors continue their road trip against Springfield next weekend.

Division Preview

    In the only other divisional match-up this weekend, Springfield travels to Port Huron. Janesville battles in-state rival Coulee Region in a home-and-home series, while Soo travels to the west coast to take on Wenatchee.

Key Stats

  • Johnstown plays 9 of its final 15 games at the War Memorial.
  • Matthew Meier and Joe Drabin lead the Tomahawks with seven points against Michigan. Zack Szajner has seven points (1G-6A) against the Tomahawks.
  • The Tomahawks are 7-3-0 in their last ten games at home.