By Ed Sheets
The Johnstown Tomahawks took advantage of a pair of third period goals, and Alex Okicki stood strong in net as they defeated the Wenatchee Wild 3-2 on Sunday night at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee, Wash.
The Tomahawks earned three of four points this weekend, while pulling within five points of division-leading Port Huron. They also extended their lead over third place Michigan to four points.
The Tomahawks struck first as Mitch Hall’s shot deflected off of a Wenatchee skate and past Chase Perry at 5:22 of the second period. Hall has scored four points (2G-2A) in his last five games.
Tyler Basham extended the lead to 2-0 on a slap shot from above the left faceoff circle at 12:06 of the third period. Josh Bowes and Dakoda Menslage each added assists on the goal.
Parker Tuomie cut the deficit to one on a power-play goal from the right side of Okicki at 15:43. Trevor Recktenwald scored an empty-net goal to make it 3-1 with 1:03 remaining in the third period. Wenatchee got a Max McLain goal with nine second remaining to make it 3-2, but the Tomahawks killed the final nine seconds for the victory.
Okicki earned the win, stopping 36 of 38 shots. Perry took the loss allowing two goals on 19 shots. Johnstown went 0-for-3 on the power play, while Wenatchee went 1-for-4.
The Tomahawks and Wild meet again next Friday & Saturday in Wenatchee. Both games are scheduled to begin at 10:05 p.m. EST. For more information or to view the complete schedule visit www.johnstowntomahawks.com.