Planet Ice Gameday Preview: February 22, 2014

Wenatchee at Johnstown
Saturday February 22nd
7 p.m.

Last Night
        Last night, the Tomahawks came back from a 3-1 first period deficit to earn a 4-3 victory. The win is the Tomahawks fourth-straight, and pulls them within five points of Port Huron for first place in the North division.
Jordan Watt opened the scoring for the Tomahawks, less than two minutes into the first period. Zach Wallace and Brandon Reinholz each added assists on the goal. Wenatchee tied the game later in the period, as Brandon Schrader scored at 6:58. Parker Tuomie and Alex Bontje were credited with the assists for the Wild. Tuomie would give the Wild a 3-1 lead with a pair of goals at 11:00 and 16:32. Troy Loggins added assists on both goals.

        Watt pulled the Tomahawks within one, scoring a power-play goal at 14:42 of the second period. Dakoda Menslage and Shane Bednard each added an assist on the goal. In the third period, Watt completed his second-straight hat trick at 6:26. Shane Bednard added his second assist of the game, increasing his season point total to 42 (18G-24A). Joe Drabin earned the game-winner, scoring as he went to the ice at 12:05 

        Alex Okicki earned his fourth-straight win, stopping 27 of 30 shots. Chase Perry took the loss, allowing four goals on 23 shots. The Tomahawks went 1-for-3 on the power play, while going 5-for-6 on the penalty kill.

        Following tonight’s game, the Tomahawks travel to Flint to take on the Michigan Warriors next Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

Division Recap
        Michigan defeated Springfield 3-2 on Friday night, with Colin Larkin breaking a 2-2 tie with a third period goal. Janesville defeated Soo 4-3, netting the game-winner less than three minutes into the third period. Michigan concludes their series against Springfield tonight, while Janesville moves to Port Huron to finish their weekend series against Port Huron.

Key Stats

  • Jordan Watt has eight goals in his last five games. He has scored goals in four of the five games.
  • Alex Okicki has appeared in 99 career regular-season games. He is also one win away from his first 20 win season in the NAHL.
  • The Tomahawks are tied for the second-longest winning streak in the NAHL, behind Topeka and Rio Grande Valley.
  • Alex Okicki is fourth in the league with 19 wins. He also holds a top ten ranking in minutes, shutouts,and saves.
  • The Tomahawks had the highest attendance in the league last night.
  • Parker Tuomie has 13 points (8G-5A) in seven games against the Tomahawks.