Tomahawks Sweep Black Bears with 4-2 Victory

ODENTON, M.D. – The Johnstown Tomahawks used a two-goal first period to knock off the Maryland Black Bears Saturday night at Piney Orchard Ice Arena by a a score of 4-2.
Scoring Breakdown:
1st Period Recap
  • Johnstown picked up the offense from yesterday’s contest as two minutes into the frame, Austin Friesen sent a slap shot from the right point that bounced into the net for his fourth goal of the season.
  • With Maryland in the penalty box, the Tomahawks increased the lead to 2-0 after Carson Brière tallied his 35th goal of the season and 24th on the power play. Oliver Benwell and Sam Solensky picked up the assist.
  • Maryland regained momentum after Johnstown failed to convert a five-minute power play.
  • The Black Bears cut the Tomahawks lead to 2-1 with a short-handed goal from Jonathan Young at 13:30 of the first period.
Shots on Goal After the First Period: Johnstown (10) | Maryland (4)
2nd Period Recap
  • Maryland maintained extended zone time during the second period including several quality scoring chances against Tomahawks goalie Carter McPhail.
  • Johnstown regained the two-goal lead when Colin Price forced a turnover at the Maryland blueline, skated in and slid the puck to Bennett Stockdale who fired the puck past Maryland netminder David Tomeo.
  • Stockdale’s goal represents his 14th of the season.
Shots on Goal After the Second Period: Johnstown (23) | Maryland (12)
3rd Period Recap:
  • Tomahawks forward Andy Nedeljkovic put the Tomahawks up by a score of 4-1 at the 3:25 mark of the third period after he tapped home a Chris Trouba rebound past Tomeo.
  • Black Bears forward Connor Pooley added a power play goal late int he third period to set the final at 4-2.
  • With the win, McPhail tied Tomahawks alumnus Drew Hotte for wins with his 24th victory of the season.
  • The 4-2 win represents Johnstown’s 41st of the season, which is also a new benchmark for the franchise.
Final Shots on Goal: Johnstown (29) | Maryland (25)
Johnstown returns to 1ST SUMMIT ARENA Wednesday, March 6 for a 7 p.m. faceoff with Jamestown.
The homestand continues on Friday, March 8 for Fight Night II presented by Valley Printing. Four-time ECW Heavyweight Champion, “The Franchise” Shane Douglas will drop the ceremonial first puck and sign autographs.
Saturday, March is the annual Guns & Hoses game in conjunction with Brett Keisel Night. The two-time Super Bowl Champion will be on hand to drop the ceremonial first puck and sign autographs for fans.