MIDDLETOWN, N.J. – The Johnstown Tomahawks forced a decisive Game 5 with a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Titans Saturday night at Middletown Ice World.
1st Period Recap
The Tomahawks jumped out of the gate with plenty of shots on goal on New Jersey.
Johnstown’s hard work paid off when Sam Solensky chipped in a pass from Oliver Benwell past Brandon Perrone for a 1-0 Tomahawks lead.
Just two minutes later, Roman Kraemer increased the Tomahawks lead to 2-0. Cameron Hebert assisted on the goal.
Shots on Goal After the First Period: Johnstown (18) | New Jersey (4)
2nd Period Recap
It was more of the same in the second period as the Tomahawks continued to pressure the New Jersey zone.
However, the Titans would cut the Johnstown lead to 2-1 with a goal from Ryan Naumovski.
Shots on Goal After the Second Period: Johnstown (22) | New Jersey (14)
3rd Period Recap:
Benwell put the Tomahawks ahead 3-1 with a power play goal at 8:23 of the third period. The Toronto native stabbed at a loose puck in the blue paint to score his eighth of the playoffs.
Johnstown withstood New Jersey’s pressure late in the game to salt the game 3-1.
Final Shots on Goal: Johnstown (28) | New Jersey (25)
Game 5 will take place Sunday, May 5 at 6 p.m. at 1st Summit Arena.
The 2019 Playoffs is presented by Allied Milk Producers.