Weekend Preview: Johnstown vs. Michigan

Nov 5, 2014

Weekend Preview
vs. Michigan
November 7-9

    The Tomahawks return home to for a three-game series against the Michigan Warriors. The Tomahawks and Warriors have met four times this season, playing all four in Flint. The teams have split their four meetings this season, with the Warriors winning the most recent meeting 3-0 on Oct. 11. The Tomahawks are 5-4-1 all-time against the Warriors at the War Memorial.

This Weekend's Promotions

    On Friday night, the Tomahawks welcome church groups & families for the third annual Faith & Family Night presented by Word of Life. On Sunday,Boy Scouts from across the area will participate in activities as part of Scout Night. Military members past and present will also be honored as part of Military Appreciation Night. The Tomahawks will wear special jerseys that will be auctioned off.

The Tomahawks
    The Tomahawks welcome the Warriors to the War Memorial after splitting a two-game series at Soo last weekend. The Tomahawks won the first game 5-3, thanks to a pair of goals from Dakoda Menslage and two assists from Zach Zech. Ryan Bednard earned the win, stopping 20 of 23 shots.
    In the weekend finale, the Eagles picked up the 3-1 win, thanks to a game-winner by Mitch Vanderburg in the third period. Menslage had the Johnstown goal, while Cam Bleck and Zech added the assists. Bednard stopped 28-40 shots in the loss.
Following this weekend’s games, the Tomahawks conclude their four-game homestand with a game against the Soo Eagles next Friday night.

The Warriors
    The Warriors continue their road trip after being swept in Springfield last weekend. The Jr. Blues took the first game 3-2 in overtime, scoring the game-winner 1:13 into the extra frame. Mitch Wedding and Zed Dietrich had the Michigan goals in the game. In the weekend finale, Springfield scored the lone goal 7:45 into the first period to set the final score.
    Trevor Gorsuch stopped 47 of 50 shots in the first game for Michigan, while Ryan Wis-chow stopped 38 of 39 shots in the second game. Tyler Groat leads the Warriors with six goals and 11 points. Mitch Wedding is the team leader with seven assists.
    Following this series, the Warriors travel to Wisconsin to take on the Coulee Region Chill next weekend.

North Division
    All six North Division teams are in action this weekend, as Springfield travels to Soo for a three-game series and Janesville visits Keystone for a pair of games.

Facts & Notes

  • Johnstown and Michigan are two of the five teams that have not scored a shorthanded goal this season. Johnstown is also one of five teams that hasn’t allowed a shorthanded goal this season.
  • Alex Jaeckle leads the Tomahawks with five points (1G-4A) against the Warriors this season. Tyler Groat and Mitch Wedding lead the warriors with four points.
  • Michigan’s 1.94 goals for per game is the lowest in the NAHL.
  • The Tomahawks are one of three teams in the NAHL that has scored four goals in the third period twice this season. The Tomahawks accomplished this feat on October 31st against Soo and September 20 against Odessa.
  • Tonight marks the first time former Tomahawks Garrison Sanipass and Ivan Osko return to Johnstown, since being traded to the Warriors on Sept. 23.