The Johnstown Tomahawks defeated the Jamestown Rebels in game three in overtime Thursday night by a final score of 5-4 to go up two games to one in the series. Heading into tonight’s game Jamestown had a 17-4 record at home dating back to November 13.
Jamestown broke the ice with a goal from Ethan Janda as he scored his first of the playoffs 3:06 into the game Thursday night. Janda’s goal was the only on the opening period.
The Rebels got on the board early again in the 2nd period as Jak Vaarwerk scored his second goal of the series on the power play, putting his team up 2-0. Johnstown responded just 18 seconds later with a goal from number 18, Cole Bianchin. Joshua Burke regained the two-goal lead for Jamestown though a minute later with another power play goal for the Rebels, but the Tomahawks responded yet again with a goal from Jacob Badal, scoring the game’s fourth goal in 2:19 of playing time. Jake Black’s power play goal tied the game for the Tomahawks at 3 9:05 into the period, followed 8 minutes later with a shorthanded goal from Ryan Waltman and a second of the game for Badal, sending the game to the 3rd period tied at 4 after a seven-goal 2nd period.
After a scoreless 3rd period the game was headed overtime for the second time in the three games played thus far in the series. With just 36 seconds remaining in the overtime period, Braedon Ford gets the game winning goal and the Tomahawks go up 2-1 in the series.
Game four in the best of five series will be Saturday, April 30 at Northwest Arena in Jamestown, New York with puck drop scheduled for 7 pm.