Series Preview: Johnstown Meets the Brown Bears

Oct 5, 2016

The Johnstown Tomahawks are continuing their Alaskan road trip with a three-game set on the Kenai Peninsula with the Kenai River Brown Bears. The series begins tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 5) at 11 p.m. (EST) and concludes Friday an Saturday night with faceoffs scheduled for 11:30 p.m.

Johnstown visits the Brown Bears with a record of 6-1-1, the best start to a season in team history. The Tomahawks earned three out of a possible four points in Fairbanks last weekend. In game one with the Ice Dogs, the Tomahawks spoiled the team’s banner-raising ceremony and home opener with a dominant 5-1 win against the defending Robertson Cup champions.

Game two was more competitive and a back-and-forth contest which saw the IceDogs take the extra point in the shootout round and win the game 3-2.

For his spectacular play last weekend, goaltender Drew Hotte earned 2nd Star of the week honors for the East Division.

Kenai River, based in Soldotna, Alaska, is looking for its first win on the season after dropping two games to the New Jersey Titans last weekend. Head coach Jeff Worlton’s squad has earned a record of 0-5-1 on the young season.

The team is lead in scoring by forward Connor Inger with three points (three goals, zero assists) in six games and by forward Evan Butcher (three points).

The Brown Bears own the second-worst goal differential in the North American Hockey League with a -15 differential. Additionally, the team is looking for its first win since March 2016.

The Tomahawks and Brown Bears have played eight all-time games against each other with the Tomahawks controlling the series 7-0-1.

Fans can stay up late and watch the contests live on HockeyTV (formerly FastHockey) or follow the Tomahawks’ Facebook and Twitter accounts for updated action throughout the game. After their trip to Kenai River, the Tomahawks have a well-earned week off before headng to Massachusetts to battle the Northeast Generals.

Johnstown welcomes the Tomahawks back to town Friday, Nov.11 for the team’s home opener at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena. Nov. 11 is also Military Appreciation Night coinciding with Veterans Day. The Tomahawks are offering free tickets to all veterans and active duty military personnel for the game. Tickets are available by calling 1-800-745-3000, ordering online at or visiting the War Memorial box office.