By Ed Sheets
The Johnstown Tomahawks jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two periods and cruised to a 5-1 win over the Springfield Jr. Blues on Friday night at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena. Shane Bendard scored three points, and Mitch Hall added two assists.
Omar Mullan was credited with the first goal, scoring less than four minutes into the first period. Later in the period Matthew Meier extended the lead to 2-0 at 16:17. Tommy Hall picked up the second assist, his first point as a Tomahawk. Bednard made it a three-goal game, scoring 41 seconds into the second period. He added his second goal of the game at 7:49.
Brandon Reinholz got the Tomahawks final goal, scoring at 16:57. Mike Severson broke up the shut-out 47 seconds into the third period to set the final score at 5-1.
Alex Okicki earned the win, stopping 20 of 21 shots. Stefanos Lekkas took the loss, allowing four goals. Sandro Aeschlimann relieved Lekkas and allowed one goal. The Tomahawks outshot the Jr. Blues 30-21, including 15-5 in the final period.
The Tomahawks conclude their weekend series against the Jr. Blues tomorrow night at 7 p.m. The Tomahawks will honor military members past & present as part of Military Appreciation Night. The team will wear special jerseys that are being auctioned off to benefit the Johnstown Tomahawks Foundation. For more information, visit www.johnstowntomahawks.com.