JOHNSTOWN – The Johnstown Tomahawks dispatched the New Jersey Titans in five games with a 5-0 win at 1st Summit Arena.
1st Period Recap
The Tomahawks and Titans started the game tentative with either team not wanting to make a crucial mistake.
Some outstanding goaltending from Johnstown goalie Carter McPhail and Titans goalie Brandon Perrone kept the game scoreless as both teams entered the first intermission.
Shots on Goal After the First Period: Johnstown (7) | New Jersey (7)
2nd Period Recap
Johnstown began to get quality scoring chances on the New Jersey netminder.
The Tomahawks broke through and potted the game’s first goal when Mitchell Hale centered the puck to an open Pavel Kharin who snapped a puck past Perrone for a 1-0 Tomahawks lead.
Shots on Goal After the Second Period: Johnstown (22) | New Jersey (14)
3rd Period Recap:
Just 7:43 into the third period, the Tomahawks increased their lead to 2-0 when Cam Hebert backhanded a shot past a prone Perrone for his third of the post season. The goal was his second power play goal of the playoffs.
Sam Solensky added to the Tomahawks lead when he finished a two-on-none breakaway.
With the net empty, Mitchell Hale scored his second of the playoffs for a 4-0 Tomahawks lead.
Chad Merrell made it 5-0 Johnstown with a power play goal late in the third period.
Final Shots on Goal: Johnstown (27) | New Jersey (18)
The Tomahawks clinched a spot in the Robertson Cup tournament for the first time in franchise history.
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