MIDDLETOWN – The Johnstown Tomahawks battled the New Jersey Titans in a physical game Saturday night. When the dust settled, the Titans took advantage of three second period goals in a 5-2 victory. The Tomahawks finish their four-game road trip with a 2-1-1 record, returning to Johnstown with a one point lead over New Jersey for second place in the East Division.
Bruno Birzitis got the Titans on the board first, scoring with 40 seconds remaining in the first period. Roberts Smits and William Riedell added the assists on the goal.
The Tomahawks tied the game in the second period, as Drew Doyon scored his seventh goal of the season. Anthony Parrucci picked up the assist on the goal.
The Titans responded with three goals, starting with a goal by Smits at 12:34. Andrew Durham scored at 16:11, before Anthony Cusanelli closed out the second period scoring with three seconds remaining on the clock.
Luke Lynch pulled the Tomahawks back within one, scoring at 11:14 of the third period. Kelly O’Brien picked up the assist on Lynch’s sixth goal in his last five games.
Smits added an empty net goal with 12 seconds remaining to set the final score at 5-2.
Spencer Wright earned the win, stopping 41 of 43 shots. Andrew Lindgren suffered the loss, stopping 24 of 39 shots. The Tomahawks and Titans combined for 87 penalty minutes.
The Tomahawks return home to take on Aston Feb. 12 and 13. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.johnstowntomahawks.com or call 1-800-745-3000.