The Johnstown Tomahawks defeated the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks Saturday night in an exciting back-and-forth game on Billet Appreciation Night by a final score of 6-5.
Similar to yesterday, Danbury broke the ice first with a goal from Valentino Passarelli as he trickled the puck in behind Tomahawks goaltender Connor Strobel 5:41 into the game. Shortly after, the Tomahawks would be headed to the power play as Andrew Eberling was called for tripping. 1:08 into the man-advantage, Daniel Tkac scored his 13th goal of the season from Ryan Poorman and Reed Stark to tie the game at 1. Eight minutes later, Brendan Clark netted his 14th of the season with a nice pass from Will Margel to take the lead at 2-1. With just 25 seconds remaining in the opening period, Danbury’s Hank McDonagh was sent off for slashing, giving the Tomahawks an opportunity to extend the lead early in the 2nd.
Danbury killed off the penalty and then scored early in the period as Mark D’Agostino netted his 16th of the season for the Jr. Hat Tricks, tying the game back up at 2. Just a few minutes later, the Tomahawks regained the lead with a short-handed goal coming from Holt Oliphant, down a man with Will Margel in the box. At the 13:28 mark of the middle frame, Shane Murphy tied it back up again just like that for the Hat Tricks with his 12th of the season. With two minutes remaining in the period, Alex Duncan scored for Danbury to regain the lead again at 4-3, which would carry over into the 3rd period.
After a back-and-forth 2nd period, no one scored in the 3rd until Gabe Dombrowski found the back of the net for his 11th of the season, extending their lead to two. Will Margel didn’t let that last long though, as he made it a one goal game against 19 seconds later, scoring his 23rd goal of the season. As time started to dwindle away, the Tomahawks were looking for the crucial game-tying goal and Tkac found it scoring his second goal of the game, sending things to overtime. 2:35 into the sudden-death period, defenseman Ethan Webb chose a better time than ever to score his first goal of the season to win the game for the Tomahawks Saturday night.
The Tomahawks and Hat Tricks faceoff again tomorrow afternoon at 3 PM for a Sunday matinee and Pucks & Paws. Bring your furry friend to the game with a $5 donation to the Humane Society of Cambria County.