Tomahawks Snap Streak, Defeat Soo, 6-2, Sunday Afternoon
By Ed Sheets
Andrew McDonald scored two goals and Zach Wallace added three assists as the Tomahawks defeated the division-leading Soo Eagles, 6-2, Sunday afternoon at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.
The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Tomahawks and was the second straight loss for Soo. Prior to the two losses, Soo had won nine straight.
McDonald scored the first goal of the game on a shot in front of Tyler Marble at 8:20 of the first period and added a second at 14:37 of the second period. Wallace had an assist on both of McDonald’s goals and also provided one on Connor Wrights’ game-winning goal.
Chris Truehl was solid in net stopping 33 of 35 shots, while snapping his two-game losing streak. Tyler Marble, who came into the game in the top five for GAA (2.14), shutouts (4), and save percentage (.944) stopped 17 of 22 before being pulled after Reinholz’s goal in the second period to make it 5-1. The loss also snapped his seven-game winning streak. Zach Nagelvoort stopped 11 of 12 shots in relief of Marble.
The Tomahawks were able to keep Eric Rivard and Jared VanWormer, who rank third and fourth in the league in points, relatively silent. Rivard stayed off the board and VanWormer had a single assist on the Brendan Adams goal.
Just 49 seconds after McDonald’s opening goal, Wright deflected a pass from Wallace into the right side of the net to extend the lead to 2-0. The goal was Wright’s first goal since scoring at Port Huron on December 21st.
Pat Thompson got Soo on the board just 2:41 into the second period, but Johnstown’s Jaycob McCombs was able to match the goal with one of his own to make it 3-1. McCombs has now scored in two straight games and he has six points (4-2-6) in his last 10 games.
For the second time in the game, McDonald deflected a puck from Wallace past Marble at 14:37 to give the Tomahawks a 4-1 lead.
Reinholz ended Marble’s night just 27 seconds later with his 15th goal of the season, tying Mitch Kontny for the team lead. It was also his second goal in five meetings against Soo this season.
Johnstown native Corey Schafer added an assist on the Reinholz goal, his first as a member of the Tomahawks.
Brandon Adams scored the lone goal for Soo in the third period at 7:51, before Mitch Kontny set the final with a power-play goal from the right side of the net that just slipped between Nagelvoort and the goalpost at 13:53.
The Tomahawks host the Michigan Warriors for a two-game series Jan. 18 and 19 at 7 P.M. On Jan. 19th the Tomahawks will host Hockey Heritage Night where fans are invited to take a walk down memory lane as the Tomahawks pay tribute to Johnstown’s renowned hockey history. Jets and Chiefs memorabilia will line the halls and fans can learn more about the city’s beloved place in the hockey world. The first 1,000 fans receive a souvenir Tomahawks puck.