The Johnstown Tomahawks suffered a 4-3 loss to the Maryland Black Bears on home ice Friday night.
It was a Battle of the Swedes in net on Friday night as William Hakansson minded the net for Maryland, while Alec Rajalin-Scharp was between the pipes for Johnstown. Drake Albers solved a netminder first, with his fifth goal of the season coming 13:26 into the opening period. Throughout the remainder of the first and the entirety of the second, both netminders stood tall protecting their net, not allowing any goals.
Maryland found the back of the net for the first time Friday night with a goal from Trey Scott 4:20 into the third period, followed by the shorthanded, go-ahead goal from Dimitry Kebreau with 7:47 to go in regulation. Less than two minutes later, Brad McNeil scored on the power play, extending the Black Bears lead to two. Johnstown responded as Albers netted his second goal of the game to make it a one-goal game again, but Maryland responded just 20 seconds later to give them a 4-2 lead. Zach Aben responded yet again for the Tomahawks to make it 4-3 in favor of Maryland, but that would be all the further Johnstown clawed their way back into this one as the Black Bears road off with a 4-3 win.
The two teams face off again tomorrow, October 22 at 7 PM at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA for the second and final game of the weekend. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or through the arena’s box office beginning at 5 PM.