Planet Ice Gameday Preview: January 24, 2014

Michigan at Johnstown
Friday January 24th
7:30 p.m. EST

The Series

The Tomahawks and Warriors meet for the first time since the Tomahawks swept a pair of games on Dec. 30 & 31. Johnstown picked up a 3-2 shootout victory in the first game, before sweeping Michigan 4-1 on New Year’s Eve. The Tomahawks have won four of the six meetings between the two teams this season, and will look to extend their two point lead over the Warriors in the NAHL North Division standings. They also look to continue their suc-cess against Michigan at the War Memorial, where they have gone 4-1-1 against the Warriors this season.

Matthew Meier has seven points (4G-3A) against the Warriors this season, while Joe Drabin has added six points (2G-4A). Jake Moore and Alex Okicki have a combined 4-2-0 record against Michigan this season. Moore has a 1.60 GAA and a .947 save percentage in two wins against the Warriors.

When playing the Tomahawks, Michigan is led by Zach Szajner, who has six points (1G-5A) against the Tomahawks this season. Jon Farkas has scored three goals against Johnstown in six games. While the Tomahawks have seen Trevor Gorsuch two times this season, they may face a new goaltender, as the Warriors are currently using Robbie Beydoun as their second goalie. Beydoun is 2-0-0 with a 0.50 GAA and a .981 save percentage. He has allowed one goal on 53 shots.

Following this weekend’s games, the Tomahawks and Warriors conclude their games in Johnstown on Feb. 14 & 15. The season series concludes in Flint on Feb. 28 and March 1.

Division Preview
On Wednesday night, the Warriors defeated the Port Huron Fighting Falcons 4-1, pulling within two points of Johnstown for second place. Janesville travels to Soo for a three-game divisional series starting Saturday, while Springfield hosts Coulee Region Friday and Saturday.

Key Stats

  • The Tomahawks are 7-2 in overtime/shootout games this season. Two of those wins have come against Michigan.
  • Four of the six meetings between Johnstown and Michigan have been one-goal games.
  • The Tomahawks and Warriors are in the top ten in goals for per game. The Tomahawks average 2.80 per game, while the Warriors average 2.92 per game.