Tomahawks Move Onto East Division Finals

Apr 22, 2019

JOHNSTOWN – The Johnstown Tomahawks earned a hard-fought 4-2 win over the Northeast Generals to win the East Division Semi-Finals three games to two.
Scoring Breakdown:
1st Period Recap
  • In the early stages of the first period, the Tomahawks peppered the net with shots and also kept the Generals in their defensive zone for extended periods of time.
  • Johnstown’s penalty kill stepped up and erased an early power play by Northeast before resuming their zone superiority.
  • However, Northeast netminder David Fessenden proved difficult to beat and kept the game 0-0 as the first period came to a close.
Shots on Goal After the First Period: Johnstown (15) | Northeast (5)
2nd Period Recap
  • It was more of the same for the Tomahawks they continued an onslaught of shots on Fessenden.
  • Finally, at the 11:40 mark of the second period, Roman Kraemer solved Fesenden with a low shot that skipped through the five hole of the 6-5 goalie. Sam Solensky picked up the lone helper.
  • Less than one minute later, Carson Brière swatted a puck out of mid-air past the extended glove of Fessenden for a 2-0 Johnstown advantage. Cam Hebert registered the assist.
Shots on Goal After the Second Period: Johnstown (31) | Northeast (10)
3rd Period Recap:
  • Northeast would battle back to cut the deficit to 2-1 when Trevor Smith deflected a shot from Joe Nagle past Carter McPhail.
  • The Generals would tie the game at the 8:57 mark of the third period after a goal from Matt Rutigliano.
  • With the momentum in the hands of Northeast, the Tomahawks looked for a response.
  • Kraemer would provide that response at the 12:21 mark of the period when his shot from the far side beat Fessenden inside the post fora 3-2 Tomahawks lead.
  • Oliver Benwell sealed the series for the Tomahawks when his backhand shot found the cage at the 18:47 mark of the third period.
Game One of the East Division Finals is set for Friday, April 26 at 1st Summit Arena at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Monday, April 22 at 10 a.m.
Final Shots on Goal: Johnstown (38) | Northeast (23)
The 2019 Playoffs is presented by Allied Milk Producers.