You know what they say, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” That’s right, Hockey season is back and your Johnstown Tomahawks have begun the road to the 2022 Robertson Cup.
It is a new season, with new names, but the Tomahawks have the same goal. Unfortunately, a 5-1 loss was not the result the Tomahawks wanted to kick off their 2021 – 2022 campaign. A Jake Black goal was not enough to help the Tomahawks claim their first season victory.
The first period kicked off with a lot of back-and-forth action. Returner Sam Evola left off right where he finished last season, robbing the General’s opportunities of taking an early lead. Both teams saw chances but, after 9 minutes of play, the score remained 0-0. Sean Ramsay gets called for roughing, leading to a Generals power play. Tomahawks Dustin Geregach and Landon Kolnik of Northeast each get ten minutes for fighting. Almost halfway through the first period of play, General’s struck first with a goal at 10:41, taking the first lead of the game. Six minutes later Northeast extended their lead with a Douglas Friberg goal, making it 2–0. Just minutes after, Northeast added another, making it 3-0. The Tomahawks would head to the locker room down 3.
Tomahawks returned to the ice for the second period with Axel Langenskiold taking the reins of goaltender. Langenskiod started the second period with an impressive save, halting the Generals from adding to their lead. But once again, Northeast find the back of the net extending their lead to 4–0. Finally, the Tomahawks get on the board with a Jake Black goal assisted by Sean Ramsay makes in 4–1 in favor of the Generals. After the second period of play, the score would remain 4-1, Generals.
Entering the third period of play, the Tomahawks looked to turn things around. Both teams saw many opportunities to score but, both goaltenders played strong defense deflecting everything that came their way. Throughout the game, we saw a good amount of pushing and shoving. That didn’t stop in the third period, which lead to penalties on both sides resulting in some 4 on 4 action. Tomahawks had the power play opportunity but wouldn’t manage to find the net. The Generals would add to their score with just about five minutes to go, making it 5-1. The score would remain the same as the Johnstown Tomahawks fall to the Northeast Generals.
The Johnstown Tomahawks continue their business trip on the ice tomorrow against the Generals at 7:00 pm. Fans at home can watch the game live on HockeyTV. But have no fear, hockey in Johnstown is returning next weekend. Be sure to join us at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA on Saturday, October 2 for the Tomahawks home opener against the Maryland Blackbears. Puck drop is set for 7:00 pm.