JOHNSTOWN – Sam Solensky set a new franchise record for all-time points as the Johnstown Tomahawks defeated the Maryland Black Bears 6-1 for their ninth consecutive win.
The Black Bears and Tomahawks skated to a scoreless first period as both teams exchanged chances.
However, the Tomahawks would draw the first goal of the game early in the second period as Cameron Hebert deposited a loose rebound behind Maryland goalie David Tomeo for his eighth of the season. Oliver Benwell and Bennett Stockdale assisted on the goal.
Maryland tied the game minutes later when a puck found the stick of Luke Mountain who scored for a 1-1 tie.
The Tomahawks responded late in the second period.
Benwell would get the Tomahawks a 2-1 lead at the 15:28 mark of the period with his power play goal assisted by Sam Solensky and Hunter Toale.
Pavel Kharin added a shorthanded goal with less than one second to play in the middle frame. For Kharin, the goal was his second and went unassisted.
In the third period, the Tomahawks put the game out of reach with three goals in a little over one minute of action.
Mitch Hale chipped a loose puck five-hole on Tomeo for a 4-1 Hawks advantage. Kharin and Carson Brière picked up the helpers.
Seconds later, Hebert stickhandled his way to a breakaway where he scored his second of the night and ninth of the season.
Then 15 seconds later, Solensky wrote his name into Tomahawks history books with his goal at the 3:25 mark of the third period.
Solensky is now in sole possession of the Tomahawks all-time points record previously held by Casey Linkenheld.
McPhail picked up the win, his ninth in a 40 save victory.
Both team are back at 1st Summit Arena for the continuation of Military Appreciation Weekend. Saturday is also Scout Night as we honor all scout troops in attendance.