ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Goaltender Carter McPhail’s 35 saves and timely goals from Oliver Benwell, Cam Hebert and Hunter Toale made the difference as the Johnstown Tomahawks toppled the Northeast Generals 3-1 in Game 3 of the East Division Semis at the New England Sports Village.
1st Period Recap
Both teams engaged in a feeling out period early in the first as neither side wanted to make a crucial mistake in the first period’s infancy.
The Tomahawks earned a solid chance midway through the first period when Andy Nedeljkovic deflected a Chris Trouba point shot into the blue paint but the Generals cleared the zone before it could cross the goal line.
Johnstown broke through at 18:11 of the first frame with a power play goal from Oliver Benwell. Hunter Toale and Carson Brière picked up the assist.
Shots on Goal After the First Period: Johnstown (16) | Northeast (10)
2nd Period Recap
The Tomahawks increased their lead to 2-0 when Cam Hebert deposited a pass from Benwell past David Fessenden for the team’s second power play goal of the evening.
At the 12:32 mark of the second period, the Generals cut the Hawks lead to 21 with a power play goal from Brady Gaudette.
Shots on Goal After the Second Period: Johnstown (28) | Northeast (25)
3rd Period Recap:
The Tomahawks defense went to work, limiting the Generals chances on net but McPhail stood on his head when he had to, making save after save on Northeast forwards.
Despite a late penalty to Mitch Hale, the Tomahawks managed a short-handed, empty-net goal from Toale to put the game out of reach at 3-1.
Final Shots on Goal: Johnstown (41) | Northeast (36)
With the win, the Tomahawks have a chance to advance to the East Division Final tomorrow night at New England Sports Village at 7 p.m.
Should a game 5 occur, it will take place Saturday, April 20 at 1st Summit Arena at 7 p.m. Should the Tomahawks clinch, Game 1 of the East Division Finals will take place Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Johnstown.
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