PITTSTON, Pa. – The Johnstown Tomahawks dropped a hard-fought contest to the Wikes-Barre/Scranton Knights 6-4 at Revolution Ice Centre.
The Knights captured the first goal of the game when Jack Olmstead fired home his sixth of the season at the 17:47 mark of the first period.
Johnstown battled back to tie the score on the power play. Sammy Solensky buried a puck on the doorstep for his second goal of the season. Karim Del Ponte assisted on the goal.
In the second period, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton regained the lead with Olmstead’s second of the game. The goal was assisted by Lincoln Hatten.
The Tomahawks once again battled to tie the game. Roman Kraemer scored his fourth of the season to knot things up at 2-2. Carter Dwyer assisted on the marker.
After Mitch Hale was taken down on a breakaway on Knights goalie Christian Stoever, the team was awarded a penalty shot.
Hale fired the puck stick side past Stoever for the first Tomahawks lead of the night 3-2.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton converted during 3-on-3 play to tie the game at 3-3 from a goal by Shay Donovan.
However, the Tomahawks showed resiliency and regained their advantage after Joe Kile deflected a shot past Stoever for his sixth of the season.
The Knights would tie the game early in the third period when Justin Engelkes fired a one-timer past Tomahawks netminder Vinnie Purpura.
Wilkes-Barre would capitalize off a disallowed Tomahawks goal late in the third period to take a 5-4 lead when Olmstead completed the hat trick.
Adrian Danchenko set the final at 6-4 Knights with an empty-net goal.
The Tomahawks next home game will be November 3, 2017 vs the New Jersey Titans. The home game is Movember Boys Night Out: Men’s health awareness night. Fans entering the arena will receive two ping pong balls to throw on the ice upon the Hawks scoring their first goal. It’s also Friday Family Four Pack Night – 4 for $44 (4 hot dogs/ 4 drinks/ 4 tickets/ 1 popcorn. Available online at JohnstownTomahawks.com