Planet Ice Gameday Preview: February 15, 2014

Michigan at Johnstown
Saturday February 15th
7 p.m. EST

Last Night
    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. 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 team-leading 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. The goal was Hudson’s second in the last three games. Jordan Watt set the final score at 5-0 with a goal at 9:08 of the third period. Bentzel and Casey Linkenheld each earned an assist on the goal.

    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.

    Following this weekend, the Tomahawks and Warriors meet for one more two-game weekend series Feb. 28 and March 1 in Flint, Mich.

Division Recap
    In the other divisional match-up last night, Port Huron defeated Springfield 3-0. Janesville defeated in-state rival Coulee Region 3-2, while Soo lost to Wenatchee in the late game 3-1. Port Huron now holds a four point lead over Michigan for first place in the division. Johnstown sits seven points behind Port Huron and three points behind Michigan. They lead Soo by four points for third place. All five match-ups remain the same tonight.

Key Stats

  • With the win last night, the Tomahawks snapped the Warriors eight-game winning streak.
  • Last night’s shutout was the Tomahawks first against the Warriors. They have now earned shutout victories over three divisional opponents (Port Huron, Michigan and Soo).
  • Matthew Meier has a goal and assist in two straight games
  • The Tomahawks have earned a weekend sweep four times this season.